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Slain woman’s family says money went to shelter

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COLUMBIA, Ill. (AP) – The brother of a woman who was strangled with her two sons in 2009 says he gave most of the money raised in remembrance of them to a women’s shelter in Chicago.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Mario DeCicco says he left about $28,000 of the more than $30,000 that was raised to a shelter that he would not identify. He says he handed over the cash anonymously.

In 2009, Sheri Coleman and her two young sons were strangled in their Columbia home. Her husband, Christopher, was convicted of murder in their deaths and is serving a life sentence in prison.

A spokeswoman for the Illinois Attorney General’s office is investigating whether the money that was raised in the community after the slayings was distributed properly.

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