Hamilton Police investigating GoFundMe account for murder victim Yosif Al-Hasnawi

Flowers for Yosif Al Hasnawi lay outside the Al Mostafa Islamic Centre

Flowers for Yosif Al Hasnawi lay outside the Al Mostafa Islamic Centre

Hamilton police have arrested the shooting suspect in the weekend death of Yosif Al-Hasnawi. Sgt. Greg Doerr, of the Hamilton police major fraud unit.

Police in Hamilton, Ont. have issued a warning about an "unauthorized" GoFundMe page purportedly created to help the family of a murdered teenager. GoFundMe has disabled the account and money is expected to be returned to those who donated, Doerr said.

"We can confirm that GoFundMe suspended the campaign and that we are looking into this", GoFundMe communications manager Rachel Hollis said in an emailed statement.

A second suspect, 19-year-old Dale Burningsky King, is still at large and the subject of a Canada-wide warrant for second degree murder.

The Brock university student was shot about 9 p.m. near the Al-Moustafa Islamic Centre, where he had been taking part in a religious celebration.


Al-Hasnawi, a 19-year-old student and aspiring doctor, is being honoured at a vigil at Brock University on Friday. Al-Hasnawi died that night in hospital.

Police released new photos of Dale Burningsky King, 19, who appears to have changed his appearance since the shooting on Sanford Avenue North.

Police said yesterday that their officers are "closing in" on King and urged him to surrender. Police say he should be considered armed and unsafe.

Police warn that anyone who may be assisting King could face charges of accessory after the fact to murder. Do not approach, but call 911.

James Mattheson, 20, was arrested Monday in connection with the shooting was also charged with accessory after the fact.

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