GoFundMe Set up for Illinois Teen Killed by Sex Offender Boyfriend and Placed in Dumpster

Photo Credit: GoFundMe/Gracie Sasso-Cleveland

Here’s another devastating story of a young girl becoming victim of a man twice her age. These kinds of stories have to be every parent’s nightmare — especially of teen girls. Those teenage years are so tricky and lots of teen girls fall victim to simply loving the wrong guys. You never suspect an outcome as gruesome as this.

15 year old Gracie Sasso-Cleveland of Illinois was killed and her body placed in a trash dumpster by her boyfriend who turned out to be a 29 year old sex offender with previous offenses.

Gracie’s mother said she bears the regret of having not googled the guy her daughter was in a relationship with. Had she googled him she would have discovered he is listed on the National Sex Offender Registry. He was also on probation for a previous instance of sexual abuse. She may have also learned his real age which is over the legal age limit to date a minor.

According to reports, Gracie and her killer argued before he strangled her, placed her body in a dumpster and discarded of her belongings.

Gracie’s family had initially set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the funeral costs. They are now requesting all donations be sent to the funeral home where the service will be held. Click here for more information on where to donate.

“All I had to do was google his name,” Gracie’s mother Ericka Sasso told WREX. “It would’ve taken me two seconds. I just didn’t think to do it. It makes me sick that all I had to was google his name and I would’ve seen who he was. I’ll never forgive myself. So for any mother out there, find out who your kids are around. Google them, anything it takes.”

Wow, what an absolute tragedy. Rest in Peace to Gracie and all victims of similar crimes.

Click here to check for resources and a listing of local offenders on the National Sex Offender Registry.

Author: brandycavalli

Today's post was by Brandy "Bee" Cavalli. Brandy is an international marketer, freelance writer based in Atlanta, GA.

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