Loved ones of two Richmond natives who were murdered during a home invasion in Boise, Idaho, earlier this month are scrambling to raise funds for a double funeral.
The funeral for 28-year-old Elliott Bailey and 27-year-old Travontae Calloway is scheduled to be held Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hilltop.
Bailey and Calloway were shot to death in their home in the 2100 block of South Orchard Street about 11:25 p.m. May 8, according to the Idaho Statesman. The killings appear to have been a set-up, as the gunman or gunmen knew the men would be home and that they had been expecting a pizza deliveryman to knock on their door at that late hour, Bailey’s girlfriend Leah Everill told the Richmond Standard.
One suspect is in custody.
Mourning loved ones said they need to swiftly raise $3,000 for Bailey’s funeral services and $3,500 for Calloway’s, as family and friends from all over the country have come to Richmond for Saturday’s services. Money from the state of Idaho for victims of crimes must be reimbursed, and loved ones simply don’t have the money to cover the costs until the reimbursement checks arrive, Everill said.
Calloway was killed on his birthday, Everill said, adding that both men are survived by young children. Even more tragic, the men had reportedly left Richmond for Idaho in order to better their lives and get away from the mean streets. Calloway left following the high-profile murder of his friend in Oakland in 2012, Everill said.
Loved ones haven’t had time to mourn as they rush to make funeral arrangements.
Donations of any amount can be made directly to the funeral homes where the bodies of Bailey and Calloway are being held. Bailey’s is being held at Harris Funeral Home at 1331 San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley, while Calloway’s is at Smith and Witters at 5145 Sobrante Ave in El Sobrante.
Donors should let the funeral home know that their payment is a donation to benefit the funeral services of the murdered victims.
“We really need help,” Everill said.