Concerns arise over fundraisers after 11-year-old girl’s death

Rick Nez
San Juan Chapter President Rick Nez, second from right, walks out of the Farmington Municipal Court building on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 after an initial court hearing for Tom Begaye, who has been accused of abducting and killing 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike. He faces murder and kidnapping charges. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The family of an 11-year-old Navajo girl who was kidnapped and killed last week has raised concerns about unauthorized fundraising accounts online.

The concerns led the Navajo Nation’s San Juan Chapter to pass a resolution Tuesday calling for halting fraudulent and unauthorized fundraising since Ashlynne Mike was found dead May 3. Authorities say a stranger lured her into his van the day before.

Chapter president Rick Nez says Ashlynne’s father, Gary Mike, will hold a press conference Thursday at 7 p.m. at the San Juan Chapter House east of Shiprock, in part, to thank the community and others for their support in the wake of his daughter’s death.

About $11,000 raised to support the family has been placed in a Wells Fargo account that the Mikes set up after last week’s tragedy. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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