The family of the teenage suspect in the shooting of a retired police dog tried to raise money for his bail on a website.
A day later, after a slew of outrage and abuse reports to the website, that attempt has been halted.
story about 16-year-old Ivins Rosier’s family seeking money for his
release went up Monday afternoon on PalmBeachPost.com. Within a few
hours, dozens of comments had been posted from readers expressing
outrage that the donation page even existed.
Many even wrote that
they had reported the webpage, hosted by the Chicago-based private
company GiveForward, as offensive. The page was taken down Tuesday
As of late Monday, Ivins’ family’s fundraising effort —
which seeks $100,000 — had yielded only a single contribution for $1 and
an angry comment, apparently from that donor.
“Killing a dog is
pretty low, yet alone breaking into houses,” said the contributor,
identified only as “Wow.” “Enjoy the dollar — hopefully your son stays
behind bars for awhile.”
Rosier has been held without bail since
his arrest Nov. 21 in the Nov. 18 armed burglary of a Florida Highway
Patrol trooper’s suburban West Palm Beach home. Drake, the German
shepherd and retired police dog who lives with Trooper Boby Boody, was
shot at least four times. He was put to sleep Nov. 23 as a result of his
Rosier is facing charges of burglary of a dwelling with
a firearm, felony cruelty to animals with a firearm and shooting into a
building. He was denied bail Nov. 30. The two others allegedly involved
in the burglary and shooting have not been arrested.
The webpage said Rosier is one of six children whom their mother raised by herself after the kids’ father died 10 years ago.
he really didn’t have a father figure to help accomplish his real
goals,” the author wrote about Rosier, a Royal Palm Beach High student.
“We all think that he just needs support.”