April Vancleave Burial/ Lilly Fund

$9,705 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 219 people in 25 months
Shawn Morton
on behalf of Pauline Morton
 URBANNA, VA
 Hi,  my name is Shawn Morton from Urbanna, Virginia. I woke up this morning only to find out that a family member of mine ( April Marie Vancleave ) ( My Cousin ) was tragically murdered on December 15, 2016 in Texas. I don't usually ask anyone for anything, but I'm asking everyone that can, please take time to pray for the family and if possible please make a donation for funeral services. All donations will go to Pauline Morton so she can pay for her daughter April services. The goal was increased for the donors wanting to do a little something for April's daughter Lilly. Thanks and God Bless

BY RYAN OSBORNE

rosborne@star-telegram.com
 
 
 
ARLINGTON A woman in her early 30s was fatally shot in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Arlington on Thursday, police spokesman Steven Bartolotta said.

The shooting happened about noon at the Pavilion Apartments in the 3500 block of Timberwood Circle. The apartments are located off West Mayfield Road and South Fielder Road.

Police were still searching for a suspect Thursday afternoon. Investigators believe the motive was robbery, Bartolotta said.

 
Police released surveillance video Thursday night of two persons of interest in the shooting. In the video, two men were walking out of a Target store on South Cooper at Arbrook Boulevard, just south of the Pavilion Apartments. The men left the store in a red pickup truck.



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Posted by Shawn Morton
25 months ago
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I want to update everyone that has been so kind to our family during this tragic time that the original goal for the burial was met. I increased the goal for the ones asking to donate to April's daughter Lilly.
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25 months ago
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April Vancleave, right, with her daughter, Lilly. Vancleave was killed last week after trying to sell jewelry to raise money for Christmas. Courtesy of family
BY RYAN OSBORNE
rosborne@star-telegram.com

April Vancleave never had much money, her sister said, but she did what she could to help others.

There was the time she gave an elderly woman a ride home in the cold, and when she came home with a kitten, rescuing it from an area near a gas tank by her parents’ home in East Texas.

And she always tried to provide for her 6-year-old daughter, Lilly, raising her as a single mother until this year.

So when Vancleave, 33, told her family last week she planned to sell jewelry to buy the little girl a Christmas present, they understood.

Vancleave arranged the sale online but was cautious, agreeing to meet her potential buyers Thursday at the Target store off South Cooper Street in Arlington. She also went with her husband, whom she married this summer.

But when the young couple arrived at the Starbucks inside, the buyers weren’t there.

From there, police say, Vancleave and her husband drove back to their apartment complex about a mile away. The husband dropped Vancleave off and pulled away, heading back to work.

Then, witnesses told police, suspects approached Vancleave and shot her.

Vancleave, wounded in the stomach, was taken to Medical Center of Arlington, where she died in surgery.

Investigation ongoing



Police are searching for two men who are persons of interest in a fatal shooting in Arlington on Thursday.
By the time Vancleave’s mother, Pauline Morton, heard what happened, Vancleave had already passed away.

Morton was at home in Trinity, about three and a half hours southeast of Arlington. Vancleave’s daughter was staying with her, and Vancleave planned to join them over the weekend. They were going to bake Christmas cookies and build gingerbread houses.

Instead, Morton’s phone rang and Vancleave’s husband delivered the news.

“I had to have him repeat it three times,” Morton said Monday night.

Police believe the potential jewelry buyers followed Vancleave and her husband from the Target store to their apartment complex, said Lt. Chris Cook, police spokesman. When Vancleave’s husband left, the buyers likely tried to rob her in the parking lot, Cook said.

The shooting happened about noon. Doctors pronounced Vancleave dead at 1:33 p.m., according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

By that evening, police had obtained and released surveillance video, showing two “persons of interest” leaving the Target store off South Cooper. The men stood in front of the store and then left in a red, four-door Ford pickup truck.

No arrests had been made in the shooting by Tuesday. Morton said detectives told her son they were gathering evidence, waiting for an “iron-clad” case before making an arrest.

Tuesday morning, Arlington police announced that Oak Dairy Farms is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or people responsible for Vancleave’s murder. The dairy company commonly offers such rewards for information.

‘This is a bad case’

Vancleave was doing last week what many have done without incident: Arranging the sale of a personal item online.

It’s become common enough — through Craigslist and localized apps such as OfferUp and 5miles — that last year Arlington established a “Safe Exchange Zone” at police headquarters, providing online buyers and sellers a secure location to complete transactions.

Other police departments have similar setups. Those were re-emphasized in October, when a Dallas woman, Martha Teran, was killed outside the busy Medieval Times restaurant while trying to sell her daughter’s iPhone through OfferUp.

But Cook, the police spokesman, said Vancleave still took proper precaution, agreeing to meet her buyers at a public place.

“This is a bad case,” Cook said last week. “She’s just trying to do the right thing by meeting the potential buyer in a well-occupied place. That’s what she did. Unfortunately, the suspects followed her home.”

WE JUST HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS. JUST MAKE LILLY HAPPY.
Pauline Morton, mother of April Vancleave.

In Trinity, Morton and her family — which includes her husband and 11 sons and daughters — are trying to get Vancleave’s daughter through Christmas.

“We just have to go through the motions,” Morton said. “Just make Lilly happy. It’s very, very difficult. I don’t even feel like having Christmas. I don’t have anything to celebrate.”

Lilly knows her mother is gone, Morton said, but she doesn’t fully understand. Over the weekend, she asked Morton if Santa Claus could bring her back home.

“I tell her her mommy’s an angel, and she can talk to her any time,” Morton said. “But we don’t get to see mommy anymore. It’s very hard to tell that to a 6-year-old.”

Want to help?

A cousin of Vancleave has set up a GoFundMe page for her burial expenses. Her viewing is scheduled for Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity. Her burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Eastern Gate Cemetery.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article121914783.html#storylink=cpy
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Update 1
Posted by Shawn Morton
25 months ago
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Memorial Services for April will be held at Waller-Thornton Funeral home in Trinity TX Tuesday, 12/20/16 from 6pm to 8pm. Burial will be held are Eastern Gate Cemetery in Trinity TX Wednesday, 12/21/16 at 11am.
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Shawn Morton
25 months ago

I just want to say to all you donors that are supporting this campaign. I can't begin to thank you enough for all you are doing for my family. I will never forget this and we are forever grateful. God bless you all!

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Nadia Atiya
25 months ago
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I don't have much...but I would like to help out and get her daughter a few Christmas presents...how do I go about doing this? I live in Arlington but I can ship the presents to the home if they aren't up for meeting up. I don't have much but I would still like to help out. Can you message me on fb so I can figure out how to get a few presents to y'all?

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Stephanie Garcia
25 months ago
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Thank you everyone for everything. If anyone would like to donate toys please message me on Facebook. Many thanks, Stephanie Garcia (Her baby sister)

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Lakiasha Jones
25 months ago
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Is there anyway that I can send her Daughter Lilly something for Christmas? My heart really hurts reading this story....my thoughts and prayers to your family

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Diana White
25 months ago
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Please message me and let me know where I can help contribute to the little girls Christmas. It's sad anyone would have to go out of their way in the 1st place to sell their items to make their child have a Christmas and for this to happen......I'm so sorry. Please contact me!!! I may not be able to donate financially but I can help make sure she can have a little something to look forward to for Christmas.

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Yvette Badillo Hardy
25 months ago
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This is tragic. I will be praying for her daughter and family. How can we send gifts to her daughter? You can message me on FB. God Speed!

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Lujene Van Cleave
25 months ago
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Following a comment I just posted - tho our last name is Van Cleave as well ,Iam not aware of being kin to April or her husband . However you never know. Just wanted to help Lilly have as happy of a Christmas as possible . God bless❤

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Lujene Van Cleave
25 months ago
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My family would also like to help make Lillys Christmas ,in spite of this terrible tragedy, the best it can be . We live in Arlington,Tx & was so saddened to hear about this . Our thoughts & prayers are with each of you . I pray they find the horrible "ppl " - which I believe ppl that act in such a manner will be punished - as they well deserve to be in due time . I will contact fbook for a location site for toys & clothes for Lilly .

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Teri Ann
25 months ago
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I would like to thank everyone for your support , prayers and donations. We are so very thankful for your kindness. May god bless you always Teri (April's sister)

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Mariah Boyce
25 months ago
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I would like to send her daughter a Christmas present if this is possible. Maybe we can make an arrangement through Facebook Messenger?

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Jennifer Benthin
25 months ago
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I would also like to send her daughter a present. Message me on Facebook if that's possible.

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Liz Anderson Velez
25 months ago

I'm sorry but I could find her name on FB

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Shawn Morton
25 months ago

I just want to say to all you donors that are supporting this campaign. I can't begin to thank you enough for all you are doing for my family. I will never forget this and we are forever grateful. God bless you all!

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Nadia Atiya
25 months ago
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I don't have much...but I would like to help out and get her daughter a few Christmas presents...how do I go about doing this? I live in Arlington but I can ship the presents to the home if they aren't up for meeting up. I don't have much but I would still like to help out. Can you message me on fb so I can figure out how to get a few presents to y'all?

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Stephanie Garcia
25 months ago
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Thank you everyone for everything. If anyone would like to donate toys please message me on Facebook. Many thanks, Stephanie Garcia (Her baby sister)

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Lakiasha Jones
25 months ago
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Is there anyway that I can send her Daughter Lilly something for Christmas? My heart really hurts reading this story....my thoughts and prayers to your family

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Diana White
25 months ago
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5

Please message me and let me know where I can help contribute to the little girls Christmas. It's sad anyone would have to go out of their way in the 1st place to sell their items to make their child have a Christmas and for this to happen......I'm so sorry. Please contact me!!! I may not be able to donate financially but I can help make sure she can have a little something to look forward to for Christmas.

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Yvette Badillo Hardy
25 months ago
3
3

This is tragic. I will be praying for her daughter and family. How can we send gifts to her daughter? You can message me on FB. God Speed!

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Lujene Van Cleave
25 months ago
3
3

Following a comment I just posted - tho our last name is Van Cleave as well ,Iam not aware of being kin to April or her husband . However you never know. Just wanted to help Lilly have as happy of a Christmas as possible . God bless❤

+ Read More
Lujene Van Cleave
25 months ago
3
3

My family would also like to help make Lillys Christmas ,in spite of this terrible tragedy, the best it can be . We live in Arlington,Tx & was so saddened to hear about this . Our thoughts & prayers are with each of you . I pray they find the horrible "ppl " - which I believe ppl that act in such a manner will be punished - as they well deserve to be in due time . I will contact fbook for a location site for toys & clothes for Lilly .

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Teri Ann
25 months ago
3
3

I would like to thank everyone for your support , prayers and donations. We are so very thankful for your kindness. May god bless you always Teri (April's sister)

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Mariah Boyce
25 months ago
2
2

I would like to send her daughter a Christmas present if this is possible. Maybe we can make an arrangement through Facebook Messenger?

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Jennifer Benthin
25 months ago
2
2

I would also like to send her daughter a present. Message me on Facebook if that's possible.

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Liz Anderson Velez
25 months ago

I'm sorry but I could find her name on FB

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