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Fundraising efforts for well-known homeless man suspended

Posted at 4:10 PM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-02 00:48:06-05

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) — After well-known Williamsville homeless man Larry Bierl passed away Wednesday, the community rallied in support to give him a proper burial. Multiple people started Go Fund Me sites to raise money for something in Larry's honor.

Larry passed away of Hypothermia in an NFTA bus shelter Wednesday night, officials say. His body was discovered Thursday.

Almost $15,000 has been raised, but 7 Eyewitness News has learned Larry's family will not be accepting any donations.

7 Eyewitness News spoke with Town of Amherst Supervisor Brian Kulpa who says Larry's family appreciates the support but wants nothing to do with these fund-raising efforts. He says the family will be providing a proper burial for him and it will be private.

Those in charge of the multiple Go Fund Me sites are trying to figure out what to do with the money. Williamsville Town Supervisor Brian Kulpa says the family has made it clear they will not be accepting any fund-raising efforts, funerals or memorials.

Go Fund Me organizers tell us the family is "upset" regarding the fund-raising efforts. One of the organizers is looking to speak with Go Fund Me to return the money back to those who have donated.l