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Mom of man held in Bali killing raising money for defense

SheilvWiese-Mack's daughter Heather Mack boyfriend Tommy Schaefer this undated phofrom Instagram.

Sheila von Wiese-Mack's daughter Heather Mack and boyfriend Tommy Schaefer in this undated photo from Instagram.

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Updated: August 27, 2014 6:37PM

The mother of an Oak Park man detained overseas after the gruesome death of a Chicago woman found stuffed in a suitcase in Bali is raising money online for his legal defense.

Kia Walker wrote on the website that her son, 21-year-old Tommy Schaefer, “is potentially facing execution by firing squad in Indonesia.”

Schaefer and his girlfriend, 18-year-old Heather Mack, are being held by Indonesian authorities in connection with the death of Mack’s mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack.

They were arrested earlier this month after von Wiese-Mack’s body was found stuffed in a suitcase in the trunk of a taxi in front of the upscale St. Regis Bali Resort.

Walker has declined requests by the Chicago Sun-Times to comment on her son’s case, and did so again on Wednesday, except to confirm the site is legitimate.

She wrote on that he “desperately needs to raise money to pay for a lawyer in Indonesia.”

“I love and care deeply for my son,” Walker wrote.

She had raised $4,681 toward her $100,000 goal as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the website. Walker wrote that it will go to pay for legal services and welfare needs such as food and medicine.


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