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Mundelein moms rally around mother of slain 11-year-old

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MUNDELEIN, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Mothers in Mundelein are supporting the single mom whose 14-year-old daughter is being charged with the murder of her 11-year-old daughter, Pioneer Press reports.

A Facebook group with 792 women actively works to help one another with parenting tips, news about school events and referrals for needs like plumbing and babysitting.

Just one day after the Jan. 21 murder, moms in that Facebook group started a fundraiser on gofundme.com to support the mother who's losing both of her children.

"This is a tragedy and the last thing a single mom in this situation needs to worry about is money," said Katie Henning, one of the fundraising organizers. "I don't know the mom or the girls, but our group was designed to help the community through networking and this fundraiser does just that."

As of 2 p.m. Thursday, the "Mundelein Tragedy — Little Girl Funeral" account had raised more than $4,900.

No definite memorial service has been planned as of yet, but the Facebook group organized a "Light up Mundelein" initiative in which they wanted all homes in town to leave patio lights on from dusk Friday night until dawn Saturday morning.

In addition to the web fundraiser, Mundelein parent Tami Forman is also using her youth group's website to publicize donations directly to the Mundelein-based Kristan Funeral Home and Libertyville-based St. Johns Lutheran Church.

Forman is part of the Facebook group but she also coached both girls in cheerleading.

"The girl who hurt her sister is the nicest girl you'll ever meet," Forman said. "Something obviously snapped in her because she was a great mentor to our team and a great role model for her sister. I love both of those kids dearly.

"My heart bleeds for that mom," Forman continued. "This is like something out of a movie that you'd never expect to happen in real life."

Carollyn Castic is another Mundelein parent who knew the family. Her daughter at one time went to school with the alleged attacker, and the two were reminiscing when they learned of the Jan. 21 tragedy.

"We were talking about school dances and I told my daughter to remember how much fun it was at her old school dancing with her group of four girlfriends. Then my husband showed me an article and we later learned who it was. We're shocked."

Castic said the alleged attacker used to visit her house and play with other kids.

"She was very polite and respectful, I never had a problem with her," Castic said. "I took them all to a movie once and it was fun. I don't know what happened."

Mundelein Mayor Steve Lentz said he's proud of how the parents in town are rallying behind the mother who lost both her daughters.

"It is really touching to see all the love being shared," Lentz said. "It's unfortunate that it took a tragedy for us to realize how close and compassionate our community is, but I couldn't be more proud of these parents."

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