Barway Collins funeral postponed for birth mother to say goodbye

Pastor Harding Smith, spokesman for the family of slain 10-year-old Barway Collins, confirmed an agreement has been made regarding the boy's funeral and burial arrangements amid an effort to get his birth mother to Minnesota from Liberia. The funeral is now scheduled for Saturday, May 2 at Shiloh Temple in Minneapolis.

"We decided to withhold the funeral and burial services until the mother of Barway is here in the United States," Smith said at a Friday afternoon news conference.

Barway's birth mother, Louise Karluah, had a Visa hearing on Friday and she could be in Minnesota as early as Saturday night or possibly on Sunday. According to Smith, a birth certificate mix-up is one reason that negotiations to delay the funeral took so long. Smith said Karluah was not listed on Barway's birth certificate, which instead listed the boy's aunt.

Pierre Collins denied visit before burial

A Hennepin County District Court judge denied Pierre Collins' request to leave jail and see his son before he is buried. Pierre Collins is currently awaiting trial in his son's murder. 

"I am not aware of any legal right to see his son prior to burial," Hennepin County Judge Tanya Bransford said. "I'm denying it because of the risk to public safety."

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Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Amy Sweasy opposed the request because it presents "an unreasonable flight risk." In addition, it would be a furlough from his $2 million bail, and it's nothing like a request for an inmate to be transported to the hospital for treatment.

"During points of the investigation, law enforcement had to know where Mr. Collins was and it wasn't always easy," Sweasy said. "So the request should be denied because, A, it presents an unreasonable flight risk and, B, just having Mr. Collins out there, the propriety of the request. He is under $2 million in bond because he is charged with murdering his son. To do something for his convenience is troubling."

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