A Manchester, New Hampshire, man was arrested this week for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars that were meant to cover the funeral expenses of his murdered friend.
According to Boston 25 News, 25-year-old Jeffrey Grenier is facing felony theft charges after authorities learned he bought a new car with donations raised through a GoFundMe campaign that he launched back in June to help the family of his friend, Sabrina Galusha, pay for her funeral.
In May, 23-year-old Galusha was stabbed in the chest in a parking lot behind an apartment building. Her alleged killer, Daswan Jette, was arrested for the murder.
Grenier reportedly vowed to transfer the GoFundMe donations to the family’s account, but he ultimately kept the $6,000 for himself.
“People were donating to it regularly and everything. And we had conversations with Mr. Grenier a couple of times, and he kept assuring us that the money would be coming to us,” said Mark Galusha, the victim’s father. “Toward the end of the month, we hadn’t seen anything and we tried to get in touch with him, and no response. And we went to check the GoFundMe page, and it said this campaign is done.”
The family took their issue to the police, who launched an investigation into the crime back in June.
“When this all went down, my wife and I looked at each other and we said, ‘What in the hell did we ever do to deserve this?,” Mark Galusha said. “I was angry, and I said to myself a couple of times, ‘I’d like to kick that S.O.B.’”
However, even after being faced with the very worst of humanity, their hope was restored as Mark Galusha’s boss covered his daughter’s funeral expenses.
Furthermore, GoFundMe reportedly agreed to reimburse the stolen funds, which Mark Galusha plans to use to repay his boss.
As for Grenier, he was released from custody on $20,000 personal recognizance. However, karma is definitely going to have its way with him sooner or later.
With friends like these, who needs enemies?
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