Now family of Jamie Dumas is trying to move forward with a new online charity account, while the police are getting involved.
"It's not same, I'm sorry," said David Dumas, Jamie's brother. "I look at her kids and I'm reminded of her."
Jamie was killed by her estranged husband during a murder suicide just before Christmas. A family friend started a GiveForward online account to help raise money for Jamie's four kids.
"She did not have any permission from our family members to do this," Dumas said. "Until we found out on the internet later that day."
The family says at one point the account received over $5,000 in donations.
"Well it was on the website where everyone was sharing it, where there were complete strangers to her donating," said Scott Cavazos, Jaime's first husband and father of her children. "So we all could see what was going in but had no access to it.
"We can't seem to find out where that money is."
So they contacted Farmington Hills police to investigate
In fact, family members tell Fox 2 the woman they formerly called a friend is in police custody on charges stemming from another case.
Farmington Hills police won't reveal the woman's identity or say if she is in their custody, but they do want anyone who donated to the account to contact them.
"It's part of the investigation," said Sgt. Bonnie Unruh. "We want to know how much they've given, if they gave permission for this individual to personally use the money for themselves."
The family says they need help moving forward and they hope that people still have the heart to give despite what happened with the first fundraising effort.
"These kids need this money for school, clothes," Dumas said. "They can't bring their mother back, but it can bring some level of comfort."
The new account established by the Dumas family is a GoFundMe account. CLICK HERE.