ANTHEM, AZ - For the first time we are hearing from the family of a teenager shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend who then turned the gun on himself.
Police say 16-year-old Ana Greer was trying to run away when she was shot in the back by 15-year-old Matthew Bolton earlier this month. Matthew then shot and killed himself outside a home in North Phoenix.
On Sunday a fundraiser was held in Anthem to help pay for Ana’s funeral.
The fundraiser was organized by Hands Across Anthem, a local non-profit that helps community members in time of need.
One organizer said they know they can’t help Ana’s mother with her grief, but if they can help with funeral costs it will be a burden lifted from the family.
They say they’ve raised $11,000 so far of the $13,000 needed for Ana’s funeral.
People who knew Ana, and people who didn’t, stopped to help.
“People are coming together and they knew her and they loved her… and I’m just really grateful and I’m glad she touched so many people,” Ana’s mother, Diannah Dinsmoor told ABC15.
She like so many others in the community are trying to find something good to hold onto out of this tragedy.
If you would like to help you can go to the Hands Across Anthem website .
A memorial service will held for Ana on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Christ's Church of the Valley in Peoria.