It’s a devastating story that has been shocking America for a couple months now. A Colorado woman by the name of Dynel Lane took to online personal website Craigslist to sell some baby clothes. Future mom Michelle Wilkins responded to the ad and met with Lane on March 18th to purchase the clothing. During their meeting, police say Lane lured Wilkins into her basement where she brutally attacked her and cut the fetus out of her womb, killing the unborn child.
Now as the court preps for Lane’s first degree murder trial, a crowdfunding campaign recently surfaced on GoFundMe and asked for $10,000 that will go towards Lane’s common-law husband, David Ridley and their two daughters.
According to Daily Camera, the campaign stated it was established by the Colorado charity Mission of Mercy doesn’t explicitly mention David Ridley but said the campaign is “specifically helping a local Colorado family who recently went through trauma and suffered a great loss.”
“They had to move from their home due to violence and a crime scene, and had to start elsewhere in another home. They need help to start over. They need help with medical bills and to pay to get out of their old lease as well as for their new lease.”
On his own Facebook page, Ridley thanked those who donated to the project, as well as those who showered him with support the days following the March 18th incident:
“The struggles I am facing are sometimes overwhelming and then I get a card in the mail or a call and it all doesn’t seem like it is that bad. But we have an extremely long road ahead of us. My girls and I say thank you to those people who have been there for us. We need all the help we can get.”
By Wednesday evening, the GoFundMe campaign had raised $505. Unfortunately for Lane’s family the platform was forced to pull the plug on the project after Mission of Mercy revealed that it did not give the campaign’s organizer, Mary Pacheco, permission to use the charity’s name.
Meanwhile, a campaign dedicated to Wilkins has received well over $120,000 in the past month. The creator of the initiative, Mark Wilkins, wrote:
“The Wilkins family deeply appreciates the support afforded to us by Stan Garnett and his entire team at the Boulder County District Attorney’s office. We are confident in their ability to successfully see that justice is carried out in a manner proportionate with the circumstances surrounding the attack on Michelle and the ensuing tragic death of her unborn daughter Aurora. We support the charges chosen by the District Attorney and believe them to be correct and reflective of what is possible under current Colorado law.”
Lane faces charges are first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and first-degree unlawful termination of pregnancy.
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