Hundreds of friends and loved ones came to support Army veteran Trevor Langlois who was struck and killed along I-35.
Langlois left behind a wife and child, and on Saturday, the community responded by raising $25,000 dollars for the family at Forest Lake's VFW Hall.
"Every day I think about it," Langlois' father Brian Langlois said. "It's a huge loss."
The 24-year-old was struck by a hit-and-run driver on the shoulder of the I-35 south ramp in Hinckley last month. Derek Sanders was eventually arrested and charged with criminal vehicular homicide.
Langlois died several days after the accident, leaving behind a wife and two-and-a-half-year-old son Ethan.
"He's totally Trevor, he's Trevor's mini-me," Brian Langlois said.
"He says, sometimes my daddy is sick. He notices his absence but doesn't know why he is gone," Langlois' mother Sherry Langlois said.
Langlois' wife and son Ethan are moving to Ohio next week to be closer to her family.
"It's extremely hard, it's like losing both of them. Ethan is spitting image of his father. It's like losing Trevor all over again," Brian Langlois said.
Before his death, Langlois had just finished a two-year degree at the Minnesota School of Business in Blaine and was trying to build his wood carving and tree removal business to support his young family. His college organized Friday evening's benefit at the VFW.
"It was devastating for the school and the faculty. The staff immediately reached out and said we need to do something for them," Susan Margo, a Minnesota School of Business affiliate, said.
Donations poured in, including a brand new Polaris utility vehicle valued at $15,000 that was raffled off to support Langlois' family. His woodwork was also up for auction, but it's hard to put a price tag on something of that caliber.
The school has also given Ethan a 4-year, full-ride scholarship to attend the Minnesota School of Business once he turns 18.
"We didn't know how many people would show up at church for the funeral. It was overflowing. Incredible," Brian Langlois said.
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