Colo prosecutor: Cancer hoax may not violate law

Associated Press Modified: November 15, 2012 at 2:16 pm •  Published: November 15, 2012
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Authorities are trying to determine if the 22-year-old woman who spread the story collected any money from the hoax, Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said Thursday.

So far, they haven't found any evidence that she did.

"It hinges on whether any money was taken," Hurlbert said about the possibility of charges.

The woman has not been identified by authorities. The photo of the boy was traced to a Kids Cancer Crusade website and turned out to a South African boy who is still alive.

People told the newspaper they felt guilty about perpetuating the hoax but proud about the way the community came together to support a child and make his final days happy ones.

"This story took my heart," said disc jockey Jordon Lyles, who played songs dedicated to Alex at a fall festival. "We are all just good people, when it comes right down to it."