Editor’s update: The attorneys representing Fred Barley and Casey Blaney agreed August 1 to terms establishing a trust fund for him from the $184,000 raised in the GoFundMe account by donors. The following article best sums up the situation, according to one close to it. Barley is living in student housing at Gordon State instead of a dorm, as reported earlier by The Herald Gazette.
ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUION
Sunday, July 31, 2016
In the past two weeks, Fred Barley has captured the hearts of people across the country, and a little bit of their wallets. He has Casey Blaney to thank for much of that.
Fred is the young black man who said he was homeless when he bicycled six hours to register at a college here in Middle Georgia, intent on becoming a doctor. Casey is the white housewife who started a GoFundMe campaign for him, which exploded across the internet and raised $184,000.
Their story — his determination in the face of homelessness, her offering a hand up, not a handout — became a widely beloved feel-good yarn in this summer of cynicism, racial tension and worry. But with whiplash speed, this heart-warming tale has devolved into an internet-fueled soap opera. Doubts emerged about Fred’s story. Fred and Casey clashed over who should control the money. Finally, on Wednesday evening, everything abruptly came to a halt when Casey publicly challenged the veracity of his story.
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