Investigators looking into 'unauthorized' GoFundMe page for Yosif Al-Hasnawi

Lester Mason
December 8, 2017

"Police are advising the public NOT to donate to this account as it is unknown where the money is actually going", said Hamilton police in a press release.

Al-Hasnawi's family called police about the page.

19-year-old Yosif Al-Hasnawi, who was a first-year medical science student at Brock University, was shot on December 2 after attempting to intervene as two young men accosted a senior citizen in downtown Hamilton.

"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. "Our investigation is ongoing".

However, the donation account has since been taken down and Hamilton Police are looking into the legitimacy of the page. Police continue to try to reach the account creator, he said.


Al-Hasnawi was killed on December 2 after being shot by one of two suspects believed to be harassing an elderly man in the Main Street East and Wentworth Street South area.

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.

Brock University also announced that they will hold a vigil in the memory of Yosif on Friday. Donations can be made online at brocku.ca/donate or by phone at 905-688-5550 ext. Yesterday it was reported that police were closing in on King, and two new photos were released of the 19-year-old.

That suspect, identified as 19-year-old Dale Burningsky King, is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for second degree murder. Police say he should be considered armed and risky.

James Matheson, 20, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder and remains in custody.

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