Grieving families who never received grave markers finally getting help

- FOX 46 Charlotte is getting results. Since our story of grieving families alleging fraud against Tunis Selby aired a week ago, the Monroe Police Department has been inundated with calls.

“He's got to know that something is wrong,” said Monroe Communications Director, Pete Hovanec. “If we have ten cases, there's potentially more from outside the city of Monroe.”

A few blocks down the road from Monroe PD, the new tenant at Monroe Monuments started keeping a file cabinet of information from customers who say Tunis Selby took thousands of dollars from them, and never delivered their monuments.

They stop by, and call on a regular basis. Angela Mills, who lost her husband this year, is one of them.

“I just want to thank this man right here,” Mills said. “He's come and try to help us out.”

“I'm going to track it down,” said Darwin Collins, “see if we can find where it is and status.”

Collins is calling suppliers to track down the missing monuments. Other victims are taking matters into their own hands; Tyler McCollum drove to Georgia to pick up his mom’s tombstone this weekend from the supplier.

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“[They said] as long as I could bring the money and take care of the remaining balance that Mr. Tunis never took care of that we could pick it up,” he said, “So I left Friday morning around 8:00 a.m., got our stone and we're happy to have it in our possession now.”

Many say they wanted the monuments for a special occasion: Their mom’s birthday or Christmas. They say every time, Selby and his wife gave them excuses as to why they wouldn’t meet their deadline.

“I found out watching y'all’s story that y'all posted on the lady that had got shafted out of $10k,” said McCollum. I saw the story at work that next morning and realized that it was the same name, just a different business.”

Jennifer Oxendine, who ordered a monument for her five-year-old grandson through Selby said, “They're going through so much at this time with losing a loved one, and then someone like Tunis and his wife is taking advantage of them and it really hurts.”

Mills said, “I heard this happened to other families and my heart is breaking for them because I know what they're going through.”

The new tenant at Monroe Monuments, Darwin Collins, estimates Selby abandoned 60 customers, and counting. Monroe PD says the hammer will fall; it’s only a matter of time.

“My honest opinion is there's a warm spot in hell for people like Mr. Tunis,” said McCollum. 

If you or someone you know needs help, email us at newstips@fox46charlotte.com

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