RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA. (THECOUNT) — Brooke Winek GoFundMe: A GoFundMe has been started for the two surviving teenage daughters of Brooke Winek, the mom who was among three family members killed in an apparent catfish of one of the teen girls.

Austin Lee Edwards, 28, has been identified as the deceased suspect in a horror triple murder in Riverside, California over the Thanksgiving weekend.


The victims have been identified as 69-year-old Mark Winek, his wife 65-year-old Sharie Winek, and their daughter 38-year-old Brooke Winek.

It is believed that Edwards posed as a teen online to lure Brooke’s 15-year-old daughter into a relationship.

He then traveled from Virginia to California before committing the horror triple-murder – Killing the three family members and abducting the teen girl.

He was later killed in a shootout with police.

Via GoFundMe:

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Mark, Sharie, and Brooke Winek lost their lives in a horrific triple homicide. Mark Winek was a loving Father, Grandfather, Uncle, Brother, and Coach at Arlington High School. Sharie Winek was a sweet and caring Mother, Grandmother, Sister, and Aunt who cherished spending time with her family. Brooke Winek was a beloved single mother with the biggest heart and found her most immense joy in following her daughter in the Color Guard at Arlington High School. The proceeds from this GoFundMe will help cover the ongoing support of the two teenage daughters, who lost their mother and need future care. Thank you for your contributions during this sorrowful time. Mark, Sharie, and Brooke will truly be missed.

Over $54,000 of the fund’s $100K gold had been reached as of Tuesday night.


Geo quick facts: Riverside County is a county located in the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,189,641, making it the fourth-most populous county in California and the 10th-most populous in the United States – Wikipedia.