A brother and sister, whose parents died tragically the same year, are grief-stricken and shouldering mountains of debt.
Brothers Balin and Tian McKinley, 25 and 15, remained reeling after the death of their father, Gavin, who was only 57, to suicide in January.
“You are my best friend and will forever be the most influential person in my life. I can’t imagine my life without you. What a change that would be.”
“Hearing your last breath was the hardest thing I ever had to do, but I know you were waiting to see me before it happened.”
Then, after the sudden death of their mother, Connie, from cancer, the brothers were struck by tragedy again this month.
“Tian had the terrifying experience of finding her mother when her boyfriend Jayden came home,” said a GoFundMe message set up to help the brothers.
“Unfortunately, it was too late and Connie passed by without anyone being able to give her a chance to fight.”
McKinley remembers his mother as “the most determined, strong, courageous and beautiful woman” he knew.
“The pain of having to write this to you is indescribable. I never thought, in the most horrible of dreams, that Tian and I would say goodbye so soon,” he said. .
“You didn’t deserve the years you had, losing your soulmate and having to work to clean up the chaos that followed. I sacrificed everything I’ve worked so hard to feed and make our lives a little easier.”
Having lost their parents in such a short time, the brothers suffered another blow from the sudden death of their mother, with no will in place.
The GoFundMe page reads, “Without Connie, Bai Ling and Tian would have had immeasurable levels of emotional and financial strain, quickly inheriting nearly $1,000,000 in business and property-related debt.
“There is no will and no family to support them financially.
In response to the pressure on the younger siblings, McKinley’s friends launched a GoFundMe campaign to “give them a breather while they figure out how to move forward.”
“They are finding it incredibly difficult to ask for help after receiving incredible support in January, but they are completely over the edge,” the friends wrote.
The group has raised nearly $8,000 of their $10,000 goal to find sibling support.
who want to donate find the page here.
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