The woman and her family set up a GoFundMe using the victim's baby's photos.
Clarisa's boyfriend Piotr “Pete” Bobak allegedly set up a GoFundMe account to ask for donations, claiming that his son was sick and may be dying. He set a goal of $9,000 for funeral arrangements. They had reached a total of more than $1,200. The page has since been taken down.
Pete shared a link to the fundraiser on his Facebook account.
He shared a link on his personal Facebook account asking for help for his newborn child. “My son is a fighter made it this far, but not much time left, life support, brain dead, very little function in the brain,” he captioned the post.
Police tracked down the Figueroas thanks to a conversation exchange they had with Marlen on Facebook.
Police say the family lured the pregnant woman into their home with the promise of giving her supplies for her baby. They reportedly contacted each other via Facebook and a friend of the victim told police about the conversation exchange after she had gone missing.
The case became headline news in Chicago and later became national news.
The murder took place in April 23 and has since taken over the news cycle. On May 17, the women were charged with Marlen's murder.