The day after Trevyan Rowe died, a former student of Rochester City School 12 created a Go Fund Me account to help pay for Trevyan’s funeral expenses. Donors gave over $26,000.
News 8 has learned that money has been put on hold.
Go Fund Me sent an email to the people who created the fundraiser, stating there have been complaints regarding the authenticity of the campaign regarding the beneficiary.
That beneficiary is Velma Handy, Trevyan’s Aunt and legal guardian. Her husband Kent tells News 8 the police came to his home saying someone accused his family of stealing the funds.
“We are grieving already,” Handy said. “Lord knows we are not trying to fight with nobody, about anything. We are not doing it for the money.”
The creator of the account tells News 8 they named the Handys as beneficiaries after they provided legal documents showing they were Trevyan’s legal guardians.
However, according to Trevyan’s mom Carrie Houston, she had legal custody of her son at the time of his death. In an interview a family friend tells News 8 that Houston is upset that she wasn’t given access to the funds.
Velma Handy was also notified about the fraud complaints. Go Fund Me has given Handy 48 hours to provide proof of where the money is going, and her relationship to Trevyan.
In the meantime, Millard Latimer & Son Funeral home is handling Trevyan’s arrangements.
Calling hours are Thursday at Bethel Christian Fellowship Church on East Avenue from 6 to 9 p.m.
Go Fund Me statement
“When a campaign is created on behalf of another individual, funds are collected and transferred directly to the beneficiary of the campaign. In this case, a campaign was created by Tian-Xing Stephens to support Trevyan’s family and to pay for funeral arrangements and burial costs. When there is a family dispute, we work with everyone to ensure the family receives the help they deserve and the donors intentions are honored. We’ll let you know when the funds are transferred to the individual responsible for funeral expenses.”