James Means Funeral expenses

$48,503 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 2,073 people in 5 months
Michelle Matthews- Means  SUMERCO, WV
James Means ,a 15 year old boy, was shot and killed Monday night. We could use your help with anything you can give , to provide a respectful memorial for this special young man. Thank you for all of your support, kind words, and messages. We are forever grateful .
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Update 4
Posted by Michelle Matthews- Means
4 months ago
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I would like to say After reading through the comments ,
That his mother didn't even know that I started this for her. I did it the very next day because I've done it before when James grandma passed away two years ago . All I could think of was being able to get this boy a descent memorial so I just started it at $3000. I had no idea so many would reach out and I surprised her the next day when the goal had been met but people were still wanting to help so I left it open .
Now, I would like to tell you that the money is in the process of being disbursed for the funeral but we're having trouble with this site and getting it processed . The family has had to fight with the funeral home cooridinator and because of such delays it's causing more grief and we can't lay James to rest. I felt like the donators should know what's going on with their money so I'm telling you nothing has been disbursed yet but we're trying . I've transferred everything over to Faye , but this site hasn't made any disbursement . Please pray that this will all be settled soon for James .
Thank you everyone for the wonderful notes you left and for your donations .
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Update 3
Posted by Michelle Matthews- Means
5 months ago
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Because of so many responses, the account will remain open for a few more days until needed.
Thank you for your overwhelming love and support that you've expressed to the Means family .❤️
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Update 2
Posted by Michelle Matthews- Means
5 months ago
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I want to assure everyone that this money is going to the Means family and this is not a fake campaign . I am his aunt Michelle , married to Derrick Means , and sister in law to Faye ( mother) and Shawn, and Darcella Means my other two sisters in law. The money will be deposited from this account today and given to Faye. Please don't feel like you've given in vain , I'm sorry that someone has tried to deem this as fake , but I assure you , you've given directly to family, and not the middle man. Thank you to all!
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Update 1
Posted by Michelle Matthews- Means
5 months ago
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Goal has been met!!
Thank you all so very much,
From the Means' family ❤️
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Terrance Milton
5 months ago
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I am James Means blood brother , I really appreciate the support from everyone. The help and support is really lifting my mother's spirit and helping her to feel better , which makes a huge impact on the family as well because we need her to he strong for not only us but James as he rests within peace and watches over all of us as we proceed to make the world a better place . Michelle , thank you for the support . It really means a lot .

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Katie Thornsvard
5 months ago
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Hi everyone, as you see racist/hateful comments on here, please contact Go Fund Me and ask them to remove. They are not monitoring this page but will address racist comments. I contacted them yesterday about a racist comment and they responded and took it down within 3 minutes. This family is grieving. They don't need to see these hateful, racist comments.

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Dottie Webb
5 months ago
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As soon as I heard about the shooting I was heartbroken. Hearing that he was only 15 crushed me. I'm very sorry for loss of James. I'm local, if the family ever needs anything. I'm here and I'm sure many good hearted strangers feel the same way.

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Alicia Bobrowski
5 months ago
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I am so sorry that your boy has been taken from you. I hope you find strength in knowing how many people--strangers included-- are grieving with you. Much love to your family, I hope you find the peace you need in this time.

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Katie Thornsvard
5 months ago
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I'm so sorry for your loss. This is so heartbreaking and tragic. Hoping for justice for your son.

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Laura Yeager Nguyen
5 months ago
3
3

I am so sorry for your loss. I am so sad that your dear sweet boy is gone. May he Rest In Peace in heaven. From Phoenix, AZ

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Melissa Flores
5 months ago
3
3

My heart and prayers go out to you and your family! May God give you solace in this hard time

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Kari Petersen Luymes
5 months ago
3
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You are a stranger, but we share a mother's heart. Mine is bleeding for you today.

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Monica Anderson
5 months ago
2
2

To whomever is monitoring/administrating this page: Please remove erroneous statements (rooted in racist beliefs) + lies regarding blacks killing whites more often than blacks are killed by whites. Data (facts) negate that as little more than racist myth. These fabricated and deeply triggering / distressing statements are disrespectful of James' grief-stricken family. For those who are posting anything other than condolences and support - for the sake of basic decency - and self respect - please control yourself and refrain from using this memorial and support page as a space to lash out on black people. You are more than welcome to share your views on your own social media pages. Thank you for displaying the best rather than the worst in humanity.

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Teri Rutledge
5 months ago
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I am so deeply sorry for your loss.

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Barbara Norton
5 months ago
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So very sorry for the loss of your beloved son. No words will comfort, but know you are loved and prayed for, May God bless and keep your whole family at this time. Much love and many hugs.

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Michael Spencer
5 months ago
2
2

I know that no amount of money can ever make up for the loss of your son. But I hope this can at least help ease whatever other burdens you may have at this time. I am so sorry for your loss.

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Sarah Lynn
5 months ago
2
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Praying for your family during this time of unimaginable loss. Also, that his killer is brought to justice and his death not be in vain.

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Sara Arbour
5 months ago
2
2

I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful boy. I hope there is justice for your son.

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Sara Jean
5 months ago
2
2

In times of tragedy, when my heart is breaking, I remind myself to look around. The good people ALWAYS outnumber the bad. From Denver, we hear you, stand with you and feel you. The world is watching.

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Shannon Carpenter
5 months ago
2
2

I am so sorry for your loss. And so sorry that we continue to fail people of color, as a country. My heart goes out to you.

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Carolyn Hill
5 months ago
2
2

My deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one. Sending prayers.

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Avalee Swisher
5 months ago
2
2

My sympathy to his loved ones, family and friends! Horrible thing to lose someone so young needlessly and recklessly! Such a senseless shame! Prayers!

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Denise Roberts
5 months ago
2
2

Lord have mercy on us. When I see what is going on in America with racism it grieves my spirit.

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Freedom Wins
5 months ago
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I have now read four separate stories about this shooting. I can safely say there are a number of oddities. The first story had Means current picture as opposed to the picture above when he was nine. Pullium did leave the first altercation where he went into the Dollar Store to seek safety; obviously feeling threatened. Pullium then walks on the opposite side of the street to avoid yet another altercation with Means who was sitting with friends on a porch. Means sees Pullum and crosses the street to start yet another altercation. At which point, Pullium is so fearful he shoots him twice. Even blantent racists (Pullium) can find themselves in a self-defense position. What offends me is to see this picture of Means, that was clearly taken six years ago, evoking sympathy for a child, which Means was not.

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$48,503 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 2,073 people in 5 months
Created November 22, 2016
Michelle Matthews- Means  
CL
$20
Cassandra Lyons
3 months ago
$10
Anonymous
3 months ago
RD
$8
ryan douglass
4 months ago

Our hearts go out to James' friends and family.

DM
$50
David Miller
4 months ago

RIP James Means. This senseless murder based on hatred and racism needs to stop. We need to show as much support and love as possible for his family!

BM
$15
Bethany Maynard
4 months ago
AJ
$10
ashley john-baptiste
4 months ago

Bless your soul, little man!

$10
Ryan Haupt
4 months ago

I grew up in Charleston and was deeply saddened to hear about this story. I hate that this happened to your family and while no amount of money can erase the tragedy, I hope the outpouring of support sends a message that everyone should be welcome in our community free from discrimination and violence. Sorry for your loss.

$10
Sara Arbour
4 months ago
LH
$10
Leila Hooshyar
4 months ago
$10
Anonymous
4 months ago
Terrance Milton
5 months ago
7
7

I am James Means blood brother , I really appreciate the support from everyone. The help and support is really lifting my mother's spirit and helping her to feel better , which makes a huge impact on the family as well because we need her to he strong for not only us but James as he rests within peace and watches over all of us as we proceed to make the world a better place . Michelle , thank you for the support . It really means a lot .

+ Read More
Katie Thornsvard
5 months ago
5
5

Hi everyone, as you see racist/hateful comments on here, please contact Go Fund Me and ask them to remove. They are not monitoring this page but will address racist comments. I contacted them yesterday about a racist comment and they responded and took it down within 3 minutes. This family is grieving. They don't need to see these hateful, racist comments.

+ Read More
Dottie Webb
5 months ago
4
4

As soon as I heard about the shooting I was heartbroken. Hearing that he was only 15 crushed me. I'm very sorry for loss of James. I'm local, if the family ever needs anything. I'm here and I'm sure many good hearted strangers feel the same way.

+ Read More
Alicia Bobrowski
5 months ago
4
4

I am so sorry that your boy has been taken from you. I hope you find strength in knowing how many people--strangers included-- are grieving with you. Much love to your family, I hope you find the peace you need in this time.

+ Read More
Katie Thornsvard
5 months ago
3
3

I'm so sorry for your loss. This is so heartbreaking and tragic. Hoping for justice for your son.

+ Read More
Laura Yeager Nguyen
5 months ago
3
3

I am so sorry for your loss. I am so sad that your dear sweet boy is gone. May he Rest In Peace in heaven. From Phoenix, AZ

+ Read More
Melissa Flores
5 months ago
3
3

My heart and prayers go out to you and your family! May God give you solace in this hard time

+ Read More
Kari Petersen Luymes
5 months ago
3
3

You are a stranger, but we share a mother's heart. Mine is bleeding for you today.

+ Read More
Monica Anderson
5 months ago
2
2

To whomever is monitoring/administrating this page: Please remove erroneous statements (rooted in racist beliefs) + lies regarding blacks killing whites more often than blacks are killed by whites. Data (facts) negate that as little more than racist myth. These fabricated and deeply triggering / distressing statements are disrespectful of James' grief-stricken family. For those who are posting anything other than condolences and support - for the sake of basic decency - and self respect - please control yourself and refrain from using this memorial and support page as a space to lash out on black people. You are more than welcome to share your views on your own social media pages. Thank you for displaying the best rather than the worst in humanity.

+ Read More
Teri Rutledge
5 months ago
2
2

I am so deeply sorry for your loss.

+ Read More
Barbara Norton
5 months ago
2
2

So very sorry for the loss of your beloved son. No words will comfort, but know you are loved and prayed for, May God bless and keep your whole family at this time. Much love and many hugs.

+ Read More
Michael Spencer
5 months ago
2
2

I know that no amount of money can ever make up for the loss of your son. But I hope this can at least help ease whatever other burdens you may have at this time. I am so sorry for your loss.

+ Read More
Sarah Lynn
5 months ago
2
2

Praying for your family during this time of unimaginable loss. Also, that his killer is brought to justice and his death not be in vain.

+ Read More
Sara Arbour
5 months ago
2
2

I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful boy. I hope there is justice for your son.

+ Read More
Sara Jean
5 months ago
2
2

In times of tragedy, when my heart is breaking, I remind myself to look around. The good people ALWAYS outnumber the bad. From Denver, we hear you, stand with you and feel you. The world is watching.

+ Read More
Shannon Carpenter
5 months ago
2
2

I am so sorry for your loss. And so sorry that we continue to fail people of color, as a country. My heart goes out to you.

+ Read More
Carolyn Hill
5 months ago
2
2

My deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one. Sending prayers.

+ Read More
Avalee Swisher
5 months ago
2
2

My sympathy to his loved ones, family and friends! Horrible thing to lose someone so young needlessly and recklessly! Such a senseless shame! Prayers!

+ Read More
Denise Roberts
5 months ago
2
2

Lord have mercy on us. When I see what is going on in America with racism it grieves my spirit.

+ Read More
Freedom Wins
5 months ago
1
1

I have now read four separate stories about this shooting. I can safely say there are a number of oddities. The first story had Means current picture as opposed to the picture above when he was nine. Pullium did leave the first altercation where he went into the Dollar Store to seek safety; obviously feeling threatened. Pullium then walks on the opposite side of the street to avoid yet another altercation with Means who was sitting with friends on a porch. Means sees Pullum and crosses the street to start yet another altercation. At which point, Pullium is so fearful he shoots him twice. Even blantent racists (Pullium) can find themselves in a self-defense position. What offends me is to see this picture of Means, that was clearly taken six years ago, evoking sympathy for a child, which Means was not.

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