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Fundraiser launched for family of murder victim

A fundraising effort is underway to support the family of Fort St. John woman that family friends say was the victim of domestic violence.
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A GoFundMe page has been set up for Amanda Black. Screenshot

A fundraising effort is underway to support the family of Fort St. John woman that family friends say was the victim of domestic violence.

RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are investigating after Amanda Black, 22, was killed at a home in Village St John on Monday night. Shane Sutherland, 27, has been charged with second degree murder.

“She was brutally taken from this world and her baby boy ... has been left behind in Fort St John without any parents to care for him,” reads a posting on the Amanda Black Memorial Fund page on GoFundMe. “We want to help the Black family gain some closure for this huge loss.”

Nearly $8,000 has been raised of its $15,000 goal so far. Funds will help pay for legal, funeral and travel expenses.

"With time off work, these mounting expenses will be too much of a burden to handle as the family grieves the loss of beautiful Amanda," it says.

RCMP said they were called to the townhome complex around 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 8, where Black was found deceased.

Sutherland was arrested at the scene without incident. Police initially called the death suspicious and said the two were known to each other, but have released few other details.

Sutherland remains in custody and will appear in court Thursday for a bail hearing, according to court records.

RCMP and the BC Coroners Service continue to investigate.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.