Screenshot of the GoFundMe page

Screenshot of the GoFundMe page

GoFundMe created for mother who lost her son in a suspected murder-suicide

The Maple Valley community is stepping up for a mother who lost her toddler to a tragic crime.

In the early hours of May 24, King County Sheriffs arrived to a house in Maple Valley to find that a toddler and his father had died.

At around 10 p.m. police received a call from a woman named Amber who could not find her son or boyfriend. While on the phone, she found her son, Kailo, unresponsive and not breathing, according to King County Sgt. Ryan Abbott.

She immediately began CPR on Kailo until King County Sheriffs got there to continue life saving efforts.

Medic One soon arrived, but were not able to revive the child.

Later, police found the boyfriend in a separate room of the house with a gunshot wound to the head. Police are investigating this as murder-suicide.

To help Amber, a local named Kelsey Sharrigan started a GoFundMe account. According to the GoFundMe, Amber is without a place to live and has no financial resources.

“On May 23rd our dear friend Amber tragically lost her 2 ½ year old son, Kailo,” the GoFundMe states. “Kailo’s life was taken in a senseless act of violence. Amber’s partner, Kailo’s father, killed their young son before taking his own life. Friends have surrounded Amber with love and support while she tries to cope with this loss. The circumstances surrounding Kailo’s death have left Amber, a stay-at-home mom, without a place to live or financial resources.”

A local funeral home is covering the costs for Kailo’s memorial, the GoFundMe states, but Sharrigan is looking for donations to help Amber find a place to live and attend therapy.

“We are asking for donations to help ease the burden Amber faces and to allow her precious time to begin the healing process,” the GoFundMe states. “All donations will go toward Amber’s living expenses (including moving, housing, and ongoing therapy). Our hope is to raise enough money to make it possible for Amber to take on these challenges without causing any more pain or instability in her life.”

Within five hours of the GoFundMe being created on May 29, over $4,000 had been donated out of the $75,000 goal.

To donate, click here.

The Reporter has chosen to not give the last names of the victim or the victim’s mother since this is an ongoing criminal investigation.

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