Update: A GoFundMe page supporting the family of Ryan Easterly has raised nearly $100,000 as of Jan. 6.
Ryan Francis Easterly had a 2-year-old son and a new baby on the way. He and his wife Madelyn, a teacher at Pattie Elementary in Dumfries, had just celebrated their last Christmas as a family of three instead of four.
The next day, the 28-year-old Dumfries man was driving north on Ox Road near Fairfax County Parkway and struck the back of a dump truck that had slowed for traffic. He died a short time later at a nearby hospital.
His death has prompted an outpouring of support in eastern Prince William County, where Easterly grew up and he and his family are well known. On Friday night, a GoFundMe account in support of his wife and children had raised more than $66,000 of a $75,000 goal.
Easterly was a graduate of Potomac High School and attended Ferrum College, where he played baseball. His mother, Kelly Easterly, is chief of staff to Prince William County Supervisor John Jenkins.
"We want people to know what a wonderful person he was and ask that everyone that he touched pay it forward," Kelly Easterly said in an email. "His friend said to me, 'Ryan loved hard.'"
Easterly said the family had been humbled by the the "massive amount of outpouring of condolences."
"For the last few days as people have come to our home, we continue to hear stories of Ryan's love for his family, wife, son and friends."
A visitation for Easterly will be held Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at Baker-Post Funeral Home at 10001 Nokesville Road in Manassas.
A funeral service is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. at Chapel Springs Church, 11500 New Life Way, in Bristow.
Interment will follow at Dumfries Cemetery, 17821 Mine Road, Dumfries.