Community reaches out to support grieving mother of homeless son killed in crash

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DENVER -- A Denver woman who lost her homeless son in a hit-and-run on the 16th Street Mall is gaining a flood of support.

Diane Scholtes said her son, 38-year-old Christian McDonald, didn't have anything else good in his life. So she wanted to make sure he had a good funeral.

This, even though she is nearly destitute herself.

She panhandles every day to pay for her little motel room where she has lived for 2 1/2 years along Smith Road and Peoria Street.

McDonald, who suffered from mental illness, died after a car hit him and sped away early Sunday morning near 16th and Blake streets.

Scholtes wanted to give him a nice burial, but with no money, she was unsure how she'd pull it off.

Horan and McConaty Funeral Services said it will provide services at no cost.

"God bless those folks looking after me and my dog," Scholtes said.

"When there is a hardship, we do what needs to be done. We help. We take care of things and we have partners in the community who see it the same way," said John Horan, CEO of Horan and McConaty Funeral Services.

That partner, Mount Olivet and Saint Simeon Cemetery, will provide the burial plot.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help pay for a headstone.

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