CRANFORD, NJ – Family members of April Wyckoff, a Cranford woman who was murdered in October 2013, have launched a GoFundMe to assist with costs associated with the trial for Wyckoff’s accused murderer.

On October 23, 2013, police arrested Matthew Ballister of Union Township for allegedly killing and dismembering his girlfriend after her remains were found on the edge of the Passaic River in Newark. According to Wyckoff’s sister, Sheila Schenesky McGraw, the trial is scheduled to begin on August 28.

“We have been told the trial will take four to six weeks,” McGraw wrote on the website. “That is four to six weeks that my parents, brother and I will not be able to work so we can attend the trial and see justice prevail for my sister. We will need plane tickets and will be traveling 150 miles each day to and from the courthouse. That will be three to five hours a day driving on top of an emotionally draining full day of court. We will incur extra expenses in addition to our regular bills while taking an extended period of time off from work (most of it unpaid for the four of us).”

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According to, Wyckoff’s son, James, filed suit against Ballister, seeking damages for his mother’s death. His sister, Ashley, is also a plaintiff in the suit. Ballister’s mother, Eleanor Schofield, is named a defendant and is accused of helping to hide evidence.

“This has been a long agonizing wait for our family,” McGraw said. "It's been nearly four years of waiting for this trial. It is going to be heartbreaking for us to endure the trial but we fully believe that justice will prevail for our beautiful April and our family.”

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