A GoFundMe account for Darrell Brooks Jr., the suspect in the Waukesha Christmas parade massacre, has been terminated this week.
“Fundraisers with misuse are very rare, and we take all complaints very seriously,” a GoFundMe spokesperson confirmed with Fox News of the suspension. “Our team works with law enforcement to report issues and assists them in any investigations they deem necessary.”
The individual who created the fundraising has been blacklisted from making any future charitable program on its system, the spokesperson added. The New York Post reported that the account was removed before it could raise any funds.
Brooks was initially charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide for the first five deaths he inflicted after driving his SUV into parade participants in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Nov. 21, CBS58 reported.
Following the first five charges prosecutors gave him, Brooks is liable to a life behind bars sentence if convicted.
Brooks, a 39-year-old has an extensive criminal background dating back to 1999. He has been held on $5 million cash bail and must pay a full portion of the money in order to be released.
The GoFundMe account created for him intended to help him with that bail payment.
Claiming to be a close friend of the suspect, the fundraising author, James Norton, insisted Brooks was innocent and was a victim of “a purely political and racist trial.”
“There is no excuse for this continued treatment of black Americans by prosecutors around the country, everyone must be presumed innocent until proven guilty and we ask that he be treated equally as anyone else in this country would be treated and he should be released until found guilty,” the argument reads, as reported by Law Enforcement Today.
It concluded with a set of hashtags: #BLM, #IStandWithDarrell, #NoJusticeNoPeace, and #RacismIsReal.
According to the authorities, Brooks entered the parade route as he was fleeing the scene of a domestic disturbance that involved a knife.
Driving in a zigzag manner that prosecutors and witnesses said indicated he was not concerned about causing human harm, Brooks injured at least 62 people, with more than a dozen being minors.
A sixth victim—an 8-year-old boy succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday, Nov. 23. Brooks is slated to face a new charge for the boy’s death.
A preliminary hearing for Brooks has been scheduled for Jan. 14.