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More than $238K raised for families of fallen officers; chief warns of fake GoFundMe pages

Photo: Courtesy city of Westerville Photo: Courtesy city of Westerville
WESTERVILLE (FOX19 NOW) -

More than $238,000 has been raised for the families of two Westerville police officers shot and killed in the line of duty over the weekend.

Capital City FOP Lodge Lodge No. 9 started the GoFundMe page Saturday with a $250,000 goal. The organization is the fifth largest local lodge in the FOP with more than 4,000 members representing 29 law enforcement agencies in Franklin County

As of Monday morning, 3,618 people donated a total of $238,308.

 In a news conference Sunday, Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer warned fake online fundraising pages had been set up.

"We should be honoring these officers right now, not illicitly trying to profit off the officers' deaths," he said.

He also said people have been calling the police "radio room, screaming threats, obscenities and vulgarities at our radio techs. And, quite frankly, there's a special place in hell for those people and my wish is that it comes very soon."

Gov. John Kasich has ordered all flags at half-staff until the officers are laid to rest.

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