A group of mothers in Mundelein are banding together to support the family of a 14-year-old girl charged with killing her 11-year-old half sister this week.
Prosecutors say the girl, whose name has not been released, repeatedly stabbed her sister in her bed Tuesday because she didn't appreciate her.
Hours after police announced charges, a group called Mundelein Moms was formed and immediately set up a web site to raise funds for the family. By noon Friday, they had raised more than $12,000, prompting them to increase their initial goal to $50,000.
"They need the money immediately. They have expenses," Gina Rozhon said. "It says to me that we care. We, people we know, not just moms, the family, people that don't even know us. America cares."
The group also reached out to the community with a request for residents to turn on their porch lights Friday night as a show of support.
"It's actually spread to other towns, we've heard Libertyville and Round Lake are also going to have lights on, so we're going to light up Northern Illinois. I hope they see us from space," Kathy Riley said.
Officials say a decision will be made in a couple of weeks whether to charge the girl as an adult.