Nick Hillary (center) with his five children: Shanna Kay, 18, Lashaka-Mani, 14, Elijah, 5, Josiah, 2, and Jayden, 2. Photo via (157300)

Although GoFundMe, the crowdfunding site, has no reservations about proudly announcing that hundreds and thousands of people have raised more than $1 billion from 16 million donors, it seems a bit reluctant to talk about a campaign it recently took down.

They did not respond to an Amsterdam News inquiry for several days after it was disclosed that the site had taken down the campaign initiated to raise funds for Oral “Nick” Hillary, whose plight we discussed last week in our lead story.

The timing of the campaign’s removal was very troubling and occurred within hours of our story’s appearance, and just when the site was receiving additional traction.

According to an email from a GoFundMe representative, the site was “removed for a violation of GoFundMe’s Terms & Conditions. Campaigns in defense of formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual or discriminatory acts are not allowed on GoFundMe.”

Why, after the campaign had run for more than a year and a half, Hillary’s lawyers noted, was it suddenly taken down? During this period, Hillary’s case, in which he is charged with the death of Garrett Phillips, a 12-year-old white boy in Potsdam, N.Y., was initially dismissed by a judge and then he was re-indicted by the new district attorney. He faces a trial Nov. 30.

“The account was not started until there were formal charges against Nick Hillary,” observed AmNews Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Elinor Tatum in an email to GoFundMe. “Those charges were then dismissed and just recently the DA has decided to press charges again … Aren’t people innocent until proven guilty? Or does that not apply if you are a Black man charged in a crime and trying to support their family?”

What the representative didn’t convey is that GoFundMe’s terms and conditions also state that they can take down a site any time without giving a reason. There’s also a stipulation that it adheres to the concerns of local and government law enforcement agencies.

Beyond the obvious fact that Hillary is a Black man charged with killing a white boy, it’s easy to speculate that the DA made her call upon seeing the article or after being told of it, and then put in a call to GoFundMe. She may have called to their attention a condition they had either overlooked or deliberately ignored.

Whatever the case, Hillary’s situation has taken another devastating turn, and his lawyers are weighing several possibilities as they continue to fight for Hillary’s freedom.

One option being explored is relocating the campaign to Indiegogo, another popular fundraising site.