YORK, Maine (CBS) – An online fundraiser for a Bedford mother murdered during an alleged domestic violence incident on a popular Maine beach has surpassed $24,000.
Rhonda Pattelena, 35, was killed Friday on Short Sands Beach in York, Maine. Jeffrey Buchannan, 33, also of Bedford, was arrested.READ MORE: 'It Looks Like A Dump': Sand Bags Meant To Prevent Erosion Creating Mess On Plum Island
Pattelena and Buchannan had a child together, police said.
“She was such a good person. She didn’t deserve this. She didn’t,” said Angela Patch, Pattelena’s friend. “She’s a very good mom. She has three kids, they’re her life. It’s so just hard. Her middle son is in denial. He doesn’t want to think his mom isn’t coming back.”
The GoFundMe will go toward funeral arrangements and her three kids.READ MORE: Mayor Janey Promises Change After Scandal Over Retired Boston Police Officer
According to Patch, York Beach was Pattelena’s favorite place to visit. Her family is hoping to raise enough money to install a memorial bench there.
Witnesses called 911 Friday to report a man assaulting a woman behind a large rock on the beach. Pattelena was found dead from blunt force trauma to the head.
Buchannan was arrested and charged with murder. He is due in court Monday.
Patch said Pattelena’s memory shouldn’t be tied to how she died.MORE NEWS: 'Making Good Progress': Doctors Believe Massachusetts Can Reach Herd Immunity In A Couple Months
“She would want to be remembered for the great soul that she was. Very caring, great mom, great friend. Very generous,” said Patch.