More Money Needed for Barway Collins Funeral to Proceed

Beth McDonough
Updated: April 29, 2015 09:02 AM
Created: April 28, 2015 12:00 AM

It's already been postponed once. Now, the funeral for Barway Collins could be delayed again.

It's currently scheduled for Saturday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shiloh Temple in north Minneapolis.

However, Pastor Harding Smith — a Collins family spokesperson — said Estes Funeral Chapel has warned him to come up with the funeral money within 48 hours, or it'll be put on hold. 

When asked, "Have you received any money so far to help fund the funeral?," Tracy Wesley from Estes said, "Not at this moment."

The service is expected to cost $10,200; the burial another $2,000. 

We confirmed that with the state crime victims reparation fund, families can apply for up to $7,500 worth of financial help. Plus, another $1,000 for a headstone.

In Barway's case, that means there's $3,700 left to raise.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reached out to members of the Liberian community who've been fundraising. 

Currently, there are four accounts set up through Wells Fargo and TCF. Two are specifically for Barway and the funeral. The other two are meant for Barway's mom to use while she's waiting for her son's funeral and his accused killer's trial.

And still, there's not enough money.

"She's already gone through enough, this community's already gone through enough. We need to move forward and focus on his legacy this keeps us from moving forward by pushing the date further," according to Chaplin and crime victim advocate Howard Dotson.

Barway went missing from his Crystal apartment complex on March 18. His duct-taped body was found weeks later in the Mississippi River.

Barway's father, Pierre Collins, is in jail, charged with Barway's murder. He says he's innocent.


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