Police warn of fraudulent donations for Trooper Skinner’s family

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – New York State Police are warning the public about potential fraudulent accounts asking for donations for the family of State Trooper Christopher Skinner.

The Skinner family is only endorsing two funds for donations at this time, according to police. The first one is the “Skinner Children Ed Fund” which was set up with Visions Federal Credit Union. Those wishing to make a donation to that particular fund can do so at any VFCU. 

The second is the Signal 30 Fund, which you can find by clicking here. This is an organization that helps the families of New York State Police.

Trooper Christopher Skinner was conducting a traffic stop on I-81 north of Binghamton Thursday when he was intentionally struck by 60-year-old Almond Upton. Skinner was killed instantly.

Police said Upton admitted to spotting Skinner conducting a traffic stop, traveled from the passing to the driving lane and struck Skinner and sideswiped the car Skinner had stopped. The Melrose, Florida native was charged with one count of First Degree Murder and was arraigned in Town of Chenango Court. He was held in the Broome County jail without bail.

Trooper Skinner is from Binghamton, N.Y. and is survived by his mother, Sharyn, brother, Shawn, fiancé, Surrena, and two children, 15-year-old Kyle and 12-year-old Erin. He was 42 years old.

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