Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:42 PM
Updated: Nov 28, 2012 7:24 AM
Earlier this November, Marion County Deputy Anthony Rakes was shot and killed while on duty. Now, someone is trying to make money off his death. LEX 18 has learned someone claiming to be a relative is collecting money, supposedly on behalf of the family. Rakes' sisters found out about it, and told us they're furious.
In the two weeks since losing their brother, Anita Elder and Regina Ewing have felt an outpouring of love from the people of Lebanon. But not everyone, they have found, is pure of heart.
Aanita says the sheriff called her this afternoon to tell her someone was trying to make money off their tragedy.
"I thought what are you talking about?! I don't understand. Well apparently, they're claiming to be us," she says.
Anita says she's learned someone is going door to door asking for donations in the name of her murdered brother.
"It's upsetting because we have been through so much in the past three weeks, we just can't handle anymore right now," she says.
Rakes was shot twice in the stomach on November 14, just before the end of his shift. Police say Dewayne Shipp is the killer. Investigators say Rakes went to check on a car parked in the middle of a busy road, when Shipp, who was in the driver's seat, shot him.
The sisters are reminded of the pain each day, and they just want to know how someone could be so thoughtless to try to make money off the family's loss.
"Why? I don't understand why they try to do that this time of year. We've been through enough. If they have something against us, they need to let us know. If anybody as has already given them money, I'm sorry and I apologize," Anita says.
If you know who is behind the scam, call the sheriff's office.
The sisters say they plan to set up a fund for Rakes in January.