On Monday, 14-year-old Devan Selvey was walking to his mother's car when he was murdered outside of his Hamilton high school. Since the horrific murder, four suspects have been arrested and two have already been charged with first-degree murder. Now, over $78,000 has been raised for Selvey's funeral, which is set to be held on Saturday.
Selvey was walking to his mother's car at around 1:30 p.m. on Monday when he was stabbed in the back of the head. According to Selvey's mother, his murder had been a direct result of bullying that the boy had been dealing with throughout the school year.
While police have not commented on whether bullying is a factor of the 14-year-olds death, they do believe that there was some "pre-planning" that went into the murder.
Since Monday, four suspects have been arrested in connection to the homicide. A 14-year old and 18-year-old, both males, were charged with first-degree murder on Tuesday.
Since the horrific incident, Selvey's sister Karissa has set up a GoFundMe page which has reached over 1,900 donations amounting to over $78,000 since early Thursday afternoon.
The page, which is titled "Devan's Send Off" features an emotional tribute from Karissa Selvey about her brother.
According to the page, she states, "My brother was murdered. He was a great kid; shy, quiet and always helped his family and friends. He wanted to become a mechanic, he loved cars."
The post went on to state, "He was my best friend and I don't know how to live without him. Devan tried to get help with the bullying he was experiencing. He was our world!"
The page has been set up to help the family pay for the funeral expenses for the ceremony that will take place on Saturday.
According to Global News, the funeral will be held at Stoney Creek United Church at 1 p.m. on Saturday and will be open for the public.
Visitations are also being held for Selvey throughout Friday afternoon.
On October 9, a candle-lit vigil was also held in Hamilton to remember the 14-year-old student.
Selvey's obituary states that the family is "devastated to announce the tragic passing of Devan on Monday."