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The outpouring for the family of a 17-year-old killed when the van he was driving hit a tree July 1 continues with a fundraiser scheduled for Monday night.
Cody Ramsey, who would have been a high school senior this year, worked part-time in the county park, and his co-workers, other county employees and fiscal court magistrates have already raised about $800 to help cover his final expenses.
On Monday, they will host a fundraiser at Edwardo’s Pizza on Glensboro Road, with 15 percent of sales between 6 and 8 p.m. going to Ramsey’s family to help purchase a headstone, county employee Kasey Briscoe said.
Briscoe added that county employees will wait tables and serve drinks during that time, and all tips and donations collected will also be given to the family.
She said the community’s response to Ramsey’s death has been incredible.
“The generosity from you all contributed to a worthy cause and eliminated a burden that so many families face during their time of loss,” Briscoe said in a letter to the editor on page A4.
Briscoe said Ramsey’s death has been hard on many, including those with whom he worked in the county park.
“To the kids dealing with this loss, your words of kindness and sympathy mean so much to the Ramseys,” she said. “Your visits mean even more. The pictures that you shared will provide the family with memories that they will cherish. Your prayer circles have been inspirational to all of us. I hope that each of you continue to lean on God through your healing process.”
She added that Ramsey’s loss has brought the entire community together. She said Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway opened the Stratton building in the county park to host a bereavement meal for Ramsey’s family, and arranged for a funeral detail for his funeral procession on Main Street.
“It was nice see city and county officials, EMS, sheriff, and fire departments all working together to make sure the funeral procession was just as special as Cody,” she said.
Another local business, Lucy Lou’s Frozen Yogurt, collected donations for Ramsey’s family and collected about $300.
A store manager said the donations were collected by Ramsey’s friends who work at the yogurt shop, and donated to his family during visitation hours last week at Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home.
Donations are also being accepted at Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway’s office on Main Street.