A Colorado Springs family is coping with the untimely death of their son and hoping to bury him soon. The trouble is they don't have the funds to do that and are looking to his landlord for help.
You see, he paid rent for the entire year upfront and then died six days later.
He was just 24 years old. Aaron Wasinger was known for his bright smile and infectious laugh. He died unexpectedly last month from epilepsy after suffering a grand mal seizure.
He was proud of his new Colorado Springs apartment, talking about it on Facebook, but only lived there a total of six days.
Family members say he used inheritance money to prepay for a full year's rent at Aspen Court apartments- $5,400- never knowing he'd pass away so suddenly.
Now his family would like to use it to cover funeral expenses.
"I was going to have my son cremated, but I wanted a service and so we've already maxed out our credit cards in order to pay for that. My son is still at the funeral home and we haven't made any decisions as to burial because we just didn't have the money."
Since Aaron spent so little time here his mother Stephanie hoped to get back most of the $5,400. So, a couple of family members made calls to the general manager of Aspen Court.
Aunt, Christine Crosby says, "We turned in the keys yesterday and I did the walk through. I left my phone number for Joe Suarez to call me and I have not received a call yet."
Aaron's sister, Kaylynn Wasinger says, "I'm like you know, that's my brother, you know my brother needs a burial. And he just got mad. He was like- I don't need any third party person in here, you know... That's none of their business."
We also stopped by Aspen Court, but Joe wasn't there. I talked to his assistant Bernie, saying, "I was going to talk to Joe about what might be done." She replied, "Oh, he's not here today."
Joe later called me and explained he felt bombarded by various family members, all demanding a refund.
He said he's never dealt with a situation like this and needed time to talk to his attorney and partners.
Since Aaron didn't have a will, Colorado probate requires Joe to immediately try to re-rent Aaron's apartment, but he's allowed to deduct money for however long that takes.
Also, Joe needed proof of who was the legal heir to Aaron's estate.
After learning that, Stephanie gathered the necessary paperwork and we personally hand-delivered it to Joe.
I inquired, "Hello, are you Joe?" "Yes, maam." "I'm Betty with KKTV." "I know." He then asked, "Are you going to camera me?" I explain, "It's up to you. He replies, "I don't want to."
Off camera, Joe said the paperwork Stephanie gave him was all he needed.
He now knew who to write a check to and did just that- minus one month's rent.
Now Stephanie can move forward with plans to bury her son.
Before you sign a contract, read it carefully. Death is something none us wants to talk about, but some contracts don't address it at all.
That's why paying upfront could put you in a tough situation later.
The family has also set up a fund at Wells Fargo Bank. Those who want to donate can simply ask for the "Aaron Wasinger Donation Account."