FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – A fundraiser has been launched for the family of Amanda Black to cover legal, funeral and travel expenses.
The 22-year-old was found dead on Monday evening. Court records show 27-year-old Shane Sutherland has been charged with second-degree murder.
Family friends started the fundraiser mentioning Black was a victim of domestic violence.
“She was brutally taken from this world and her baby boy Jasper has been left behind in Fort St John without any parents to care for him. We want to help the Black family gain some closure for this huge loss,” says the GoFundMe post.
As of Wednesday evening, slightly over $5,000, through 77 donors, has been raised out of the $15,000.
“With time off work, these mounting expenses will be too much of a burden to handle as the family grieves the loss of beautiful Amanda.”
Police arrived at a home in Village St John, finding Black deceased around 7:30 p.m. on Monday. Sutherland was arrested, remains in custody, and is set for a bail hearing on Thursday.
Police reported all parties knew each other but didn’t release further information on the case as the investigation is ongoing.
The BC Coroners Service is also investigating the death.
Community members are also having a lantern release at Surerus ball diamonds on Saturday at 6 p.m. in memory of Black, and to celebrate her 23rd birthday.