GoFundMe for Denver Uber driver accused of murder suspended

Page reached $11K before suspension
Posted at 1:14 PM, Jun 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-05 23:34:46-04

DENVER -- A GoFundMe page created for an Uber driver under investigation for murder had surpassed $11,000 as of early Tuesday afternoon but was suspended by the company later in the day.

The account was created Friday, after Denver police said Michael A. Hancock, 29, shot and killed his passenger just before 3 a.m. on Interstate 25 near University Boulevard. The passenger, Hyun Kim, 45, was pronounced dead at Denver Health Medical Center.

Hancock was arrested for investigation on first-degree murder charges Friday and is being held at the Downtown Detention Center without bond.

Hancock's wife, who did not want to share her name, told Denver7 he's innocent. 

"He was acting in self defense. Yes he was. We know that a hundred percent," she said. 

Funds raised from the GoFundMe account will help provide an attorney for Hancock, according to the creator and Hancock’s sister, Kilisha Venable-Beasley of Aurora. As of 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, 200 people had donated for a total exceeding $11,300. The fundraiser was asking for $50,000.

The page reads, “Mike would not hurt anyone unless he truly felt his life was in danger, but without adequate representation, he could be removed from his family and placed in jail.” Hancock is described on the GoFundMe page as a faithful husband, father of two boys and minister who works with at-risk youth.

But by 2:30 p.m., the account had been suspended. A family member of Hancock's told Denver7 the page was not in compliance with GoFundMe's terms of service regarding raising money to pay for bonds or attorneys.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident and the events leading up to it.

Uber confirmed that the incident appears to be associated with an on-app trip and that Hancock has been an Uber driver for nearly three years. The company said it has since removed Hancock from the app. 

Uber policy bars riders and drivers from carrying firearms except in states that expressly prohibit companies from banning guns. While Colorado allows drivers to carry firearms to protect themselves and their property, Uber spokesman Andrew Hasbun said the company's policy applies in Colorado.

Hancock's wife said Uber's policy on guns is anti-driver.

"Who is going to be there for the Uber driver when something happens and the passenger decided to force themselves on you and attack you? There is no support for the driver," she said.

This is a developing news story. Stay with Denver7 for updates.