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Fund For Reward Money Leading To Kelli O'Laughlin's Killer Tops $40,000

Donations are being taken at the Indian Head Park Administrative Center and Hinsdale Bank and Trust.

A fund has been established for those who want to add to the reward money for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder of 14-year-old Kelli O'Laughlin.

Police say the freshman was stabbed to death on Oct. 27, after coming home from school and taking place in her own home in Indian Head Park.

Over the weekend, an anonymous donor stepped forward to donate $10,000 as a reward to anyone who could help police catch O'Laughlin's killer, according to FOX Chicago. Shortly afterward, two more donors stepped forward, bringing the amount to $30,000, according to the Chicago Tribune. Since then, community members and people touched by the tragedy have been coming forward wanting to add to the reward money.

The fund is now up to more than $40,000, according to Kathy Leach at the Indian Head Park Administrative Center.

A bank account has been set up at Hinsdale Bank and Trust and its branch in Western Springs for donations.

Those interested in donating to the account should make checks out to "Kelli O'Laughlin Reward Account." Bank employees said it is important to label to which account the donation is intended, because a separate memorial fund will be established in O'Laughlin's honor in the next few days.

Donations can be mailed or dropped off to the following three locations:

Community Bank of Western Springs

1000 Hillgrove Avenue

Western Springs, IL

OR:

Indian Head Park Administrative Center

201 Acacia Drive

Indian Head Park, IL 60525

OR:

Hinsdale Bank and Trust

25 E. First Street

Hinsdale, IL 60521

Those mailing donations should mark envelopes to the attention of O'Laughlin Reward Account or O'Laughlin Memorial Account.

Thomas Jones November 01, 2011 at 07:28 PM
According to IHP: 1. The money will be returned to the donor if the perpetrator is caught without assistance. OK... but would prefer the option of the money being transferred to the memorial fund. 2. The money will be held indefinitely if nobody is caught. Not good: The money should be returned or transferred after a set period of time, perhaps five or ten years. What good will the money do in an account (collecting interest) 20 years from now if God forbid, no one is caught? 3. Is there any provision to stop IHP from taking the money? After twenty years, someone will want to use the money. 4. What happens to the interest earned on the account?

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