On Tuesday afternoon, Smith handed news conference attendees a signed document by Pierre Collins, who is behind bars awaiting trial for his son's murder, giving him legal authority to bury Barway. Smith said the family had originally hoped to wait 3 weeks for Barway's biological mother, Louise Karluah, to get to Minnesota from Liberia, but because of the condition of his remains, they have decided to have the service this Saturday at 11 a.m. at Shiloh Temple in Minneapolis.
A group of Liberian leaders not directly connected with the Collins family has been collecting donations to get Karluah to Minnesota. Fox 9 has been told she's in the process of applying for a Visa.
Smith also addressed allegations he was personally profiting from donations, calling the accusations false, and even asking for an apology.Pierre Collins was arrested last week on Monday afternoon, two days after Barway's body was recovered from the Mississippi River. According to the charges, he told police "if they had enough, they should come and get him."
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Two vigils were held in the boy's honor over the weekend. On Sunday afternoon, Pastor Howard Dotson said his group is trying to bring Karluah to Minnesota, and wants all donations coming in for the boy to be sent over to River of Life Lutheran Church in north Minneapolis. Pastor Dotson and volunteer searchers held a vigil in North Mississippi Regional Park, near the area where Barway's body was found last week.
"I've heard from folks there are concerns of money going for legal fees, money going to Pierre's family. When in reality, all that money should go to Barway's biological mother," he said.
Pastor Smith confirmed over the weekend that all donations collected are strictly for Barway's funeral expenses and any extra money will go to Barway's step-mom and her kids who live in Crystal.