A group called Mundelein Moms is said to have raised more than $4,000 that will go to cover the funeral expenses of an 11-year-old girl that was allegedly stabbed to death by her 14-year-old sister.
"We have developed a camaraderie of compassion as a result of this tragedy," wrote Katie Henning, a mother who started the fundraising effort through a Facebook group. "It's heartwarming."
"Her death shocked the community," Henning explained on the fundraising site gofundme.com. "We are all very sorry for the family's loss and keep them in our prayers. As part of an incredible community of Mundelein Moms we would like to come together and help support funeral expenses."
Police were called to the home Tuesday morning and initially told by the suspect that a man had broken into the house and killed the victim. However, after sister was questioned she admitted to killing the victim and explained that she killed her because she felt unappreciated.
The teen was charged as a juvenile with first-degree murder.
"It's quite a tragedy," Mundelein Mayor Steve Lentz told the Chicago Tribune at press conference. "Please pray for us, first all for the family…there's a lot of grief going on right now."
The alleged killer woke up Tuesday, went downstairs got a knife and returned to her half-sister's room, where she repeatedly stabbed the girl because "she didn't appreciate the things she had been doing around the house," according to WMAQ.
"This incident is a heartbreaking tragedy that defies understanding," said Lentz. "I am asking the Chicagoland area, please pray for us. Pray, first of all, for the family that has been devastated by this."
The younger sister was found with stab wounds on her neck, arms and chest, police revealed. The girl is also said to have had defensive wounds on her hands and bruises on her arms and chest.
"There were signs of a struggle," Mundelein Police Chief Eric Guenther told the Chicago Tribune.
Neighbors revealed that the girls lived at the home with their mother and said the two sister seemed close.
"They would always be together," Mary Ann Gryder, a neighbor told WLS. "The older one would be taking care of the younger one, and vice versa."