UPDATE 6/3: A family member of the victim has taken over the GoFundMe page after it was started by a stranger, not a family member. Officials now say it’s unclear whether the car fire was related to any protests.

Earlier version of this story:

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Good Samaritans have raised thousands of dollars for an innocent man whose car was set ablaze during the Van Nuys protests Monday over the death of George Floyd.

June 1, 2020. (CBSLA)

Jose Franco lost his car and phone in the fire, which was captured by Sky2 at around 4 p.m. in the 6100 block of Hazeltine Avenue.

Franco’s insurance was minimal, so his sister set up a GoFundMe page to go towards getting him a new car.

As of Tuesday morning, more than $25,100 has been raised from over 1,500 donors.

On Monday, an estimated 150 people were arrested for looting, vandalism and curfew violations in Hollywood, and another 30 were taken into custody in Van Nuys.

Comments (4)
  1. Marcelo Mendez says:

    How is burning this mans car make any difference in these protests? The low lifes that do these wicked acts all belong in hell.

  2. Joe Bidd says:

    what a scam … insurance fraud and trying to scam u !!! According to CBS, Jose Franco lost his car and his sister setup the gofundme page. If you look at gofundme page, it was setup by Jose Franco for Kenny Franco. Once they were caught they said it was started by someone else…. what B.S. They cant even get their story straight. DONT donate any money. TOTAL SCAM !!!

  3. Jose Franks says:

    6100 Hazeltine, was too far away from the protest. They burned up the car themselves to get out of the lease or get money from gofundme. If you look closely, seem like the fire started in the hood area.

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