The mother of a murdered 9-year-old Chicago boy has been forced to defend herself after using donations intended for her son’s burial to buy a new car.

Tyshawn Lee was lured into a South Side alleyway and gunned down last week in an attack that has been linked to a gang feud.

The boy’s mother, Karla Lee, has admitted using the money donated through GoFundMe to buy the car but insisted it was what her son would have wanted to keep her safe.

“Am I afraid for my life? 100% I’m afraid for my life,” the 26-year-old told Fox 32 Chicago.

Lee purchased a 2015 Chrysler 200, but later insisted she used her own money to make the down payment.

Tyshawn Lee's mother Karla Lee defends her decision to use money raised for her son's funeral on GoFundMe to buy a car.

Tyshawn Lee’s mother Karla Lee defends her decision to use money raised for her son’s funeral on GoFundMe to buy a car.

She claims that she was concerned that she may become a target in the gang feud.

“I work right over there, so what ya’ll want me to be walking and then they see me and they kill me too?” she added.

Big-hearted friends and strangers had donated more than $17,000 to a GoFundMe page headlined “Help me lay my baby to rest.”

Cops say Tyshawn’s death was an “absolutely hateful” killing motivated by his father’s alleged gang affiliations.

Tyshawn Lee, 9, was gunned down in Chicago's Gresham neighborhood last week.

Tyshawn Lee, 9, was gunned down in Chicago’s Gresham neighborhood last week.

Chicago Police have executed several search warrants in the murder investigation and a $54,600 reward has been offered for any information leading to an arrest.

Lee also pleaded for information that may lead to the capture of her son’s killers.

“Step up, break this code of silence or whatever ya’ll got going on with this gang stuff,” she said.

“Break that. Put the guns down. Ya’ll killing babies out here.”


Pierre Stokes (l.), Tyshawn’s father, set up another GoFundMe page to raise money for his son’s funeral and to sell memorial t-shirts. This page was taken down after a firestorm of criticism.

In a further bizarre twist, Tyshawn’s father appeared to have started another GoFundMe page seeking donations for funeral expenses over the weekend.

But the page — which was also controversially selling memorial t-shirts — was quickly taken down after a deluge of comments criticizing the move.

Meanwhile, a memorial for the fourth-grader in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood was destroyed in a fire early Sunday.

Chicago Fire Department Cmdr. Walter Schroeder said the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.


Chicago Mom Faces Massive Backlash After Using Donations For Murdered Son’s Funeral To Buy New Car

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