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Victims Jose "Andy" Chavez, Daniel Ramirez, Ramiro Sanchez Victims Jose "Andy" Chavez, Daniel Ramirez, Ramiro Sanchez
PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It has been over a month since three men were gunned down in a Fremont bar.

Twenty eight-year-old Elmore police officer Andy Chavez, 25-year-old Daniel Ramirez and 25-year-old Ronnie Sanchez are still being mourned.

Now a group organizing a benefit in their honor says they may have had donations stolen from them.

The group organizing the benefit dinner doesn't want people to be discouraged from donating after someone may have stolen some donations, because they're not letting that fact discourage them from continuing to plan the benefit.

Dozens of donations for the three victims' families are being delivered to Amber Ruemmele's home. Since planning the benefit, her mailbox has been filled every day with items, but recently she's noticed there have been days when her mailbox was empty or left open. This week she says she found an envelope which had been tampered with.

"I took it to the police station and they said that they're pretty sure that somebody was getting into it to steal a credit card," said Ruemmele. "So somebody got one of our donation requests, saw the address, knew we were collecting donations for these families and have, we don't know how long it's been going on so, they didn't take from me, they've been taking from these families."

Ruemmele says she has heard from people who have sent donations, but she has not received them yet. She filed a report with Perrysburg Township Police and her mail is now being held at the post office to avoid further tampering.

"It's just sad to me that people would steal from families, like the situation with Amber's mailbox. I was crushed when I heard that," said Camella Cramer, who is organizing the event with Ruemmele.

Keeping in mind the group still has to collect food donations for the benefit dinner itself. That's what the benefit is all about - is keeping the group going, despite the acts of others.

"They all 3 died heroes. There's different stories out there on how it all happened and what happened that night but, that's the memory that they want to live on, that all three of them died heroes, they saved somebody else that night," said Rummele.

If you'd like to help, visit the group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheChavezRamirezSanchezOrg.

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