Two Reasons. 1. The GoFundMe is misleading. It says it's for funeral and other expenses. But the funeral cost are already covered by the father and numerous celebrities have also offered to pick up the tab. Lee Merritt is listed as the organizer of the GoFundMe and not the actual family so all the money would go directly to him when it should go directly to the family first. Nobody donating knows how much he is taking for himself off the top cause it's not transparent. 2. The criminal case will tried by the DA. There are no legal cost for the victim and family here. Merrit is an ambulance chasing settlement lawyer. He will already make big money from any settlement which is all but guaranteed in cases like this. There is no need for the family to pay anything upfront. His legal fees will be covered and added into the settlement with the city and police dept.