Online scammers set up a fake account claiming they wanted to raise money for the funeral of 9-year-old Rebecca Ramnarine, who died in a car crash in Brooklyn as she left church on Sunday.
The scammers on Gofundme.com claimed to be Ramnarine’s aunt and uncle, stating they needed $10,000 to bury their niece.
Brooklyn prosecutors shut down the site on Wednesday after it was discovered. All the money donated will be returned.
Rebecca died on Sunday when a minivan fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run accident slammed into the vehicle she was riding in around 5 p.m. in Canarsie.
“They took apart the whole car with the Jaws of Life and they had to resuscitate the little girl,” witness Sophia Laino, 15, told the New York Post.
Her parents, still beside themselves over the loss, could barely understand why someone would try to profit off their daughter’s death.
“Why would you take my pain and suffering and try to get some monetary gain out of it?” said Rebecca’s father, Richard Ramnarine.
“I literally went crazy. I started bawling,” her mother Abiola Ramnarine told CBS New York. “How can you be this crazy that you’re going to exploit my pain and turn it into money gained for you?”
Five other people were injured in the crash Sunday.
A Long Island man, Kenneth Palache, 62, was charged with criminally negligent homicide, the New York Daily News reported. He was driving on a suspended license during the incident.