Ariel Garcia, 4, was last seen Wednesday morning in an apartment in the 4800 block of Vesper Dr. (Photo provided by Everett Police)

How to donate to the family of Ariel Garcia

Everett police believe the boy’s mother, Janet Garcia, stabbed him repeatedly and left his body in Pierce County.

EVERETT — The aunt of Ariel Garcia is raising money for funeral expenses after her 4-year-old nephew’s slaying last week.

As of 2 p.m. Monday, the online fundraiser had brought in $7,900.

Everett police arrested the boy’s mother, Janet Garcia, for investigation of stabbing her son repeatedly and leaving his body near Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Pierce County. On Monday, she made her first appearance in court. Everett District Court Commissioner Jennifer Millett set bail at $5 million.

“This has impacted my family deeply and I am sure many of you have empathized with our story as well,” the fundraiser reads.

“We are asking that you lend us a hand during these difficult times. It’s hard enough already to grief a loving one, but to also have to struggle finding a way to pay for the funeral services, that’s just too much for us to deal with at this point,” the fundraiser continues. “Please donate whatever your heart tells you, every donation will be heartly appreciated.”

The aunt called Ariel Garcia “one of the most loving little man that I know.”

“Never did I ever see him walking around without a smile,” she wrote. “He loved dancing, jumping and running but most of all, he loved his little bike. He will forever be in our hearts and prayers.”

Any money not going to funeral expenses would help the boy’s older brother, 7.

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