GoFundMe page set up for children of a woman who was murdered in Mississauga

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A GoFundMe page was recently launched to support the children of Belynda Cleland, a woman who was allegedly murdered by her husband at their Mississauga home last week.

"With the sudden loss of their mother, Belynda Cleland, the expenses for her two children, Eric and Gwen, are mounting," the GoFundMe page, set up by Stephen Smith, reads.

"We can help her family in this incredibly difficult time." 

Smith wrote that the campaign, which has already raised $63,470 of its $75,000 goal, was set up to help Cleland's family cover legal fees and other expenses. 

"As there is a serious legal situation involved, this may take time. The family needs our help." 

Peel police say that around 6:30 am on Oct. 6, 2020, officers responded to a call for a disturbance at a home in the Galbraith Drive and Barwell Road area and found a woman inside with apparent signs of trauma. The woman, later identified as Cleland, was pronounced deceased on scene

Later on that day, police announced that Cleland's husband, Stephen Kerelchuk, 53, was charged with second-degree murder. 

The accused appeared in court on Oct. 6. 

According to the GoFundMe page, Cleland is remembered as a strong member of the community who loved her children and siblings and completed a 60 km walk to support breast cancer research.

"She was so strong and positive through that whole weekend," Smith wrote. 

"She super exceeded her fundraising goals too. But that was Belynda." 

Anyone with any information regarding Cleland's alleged murder is asked to contact investigators with the Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau at (905) 453-2121 ext. 3205.

Cover photo courtesy of GoFundMe

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