Friends, family say goodbye to Kenosha County couple killed in crash

CREATED May 2, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - It's a difficult goodbye for friends and family of Shari and Bram Dorresteijn.

The young couple was killed last week in a crash in Kenosha County, leaving two young children behind.  
 
For those who loved Shari and Bram, this past week has been some of their darkest days. But the community around them, has helped provide a sense of comfort they never knew could exist under these circumstances.
 
People lined-up inside Krause Funeral Home in Milwaukee to pay their respects Friday night.
 
"There is no clarity or justification," says Ryan Briggs, a close friend of the family. "There's no logic to something like this. It's still overwhelming. It's still very difficult to process."
 
As they gathered to remember Shari and Bram, they couldn't help but think of the couple's two young children who don't yet understand that their parents are gone. Wesley is two-years-old and Charlotte is two-months-old.
 
"Those children have innumerable new surrogate moms and dads, and people who will love and care for them for the rest of their lives," Briggs says.
 
That's evident in the outpouring of support the family has received. 
 
Friends set-up a blog to share memories of the couple. A "Go Fund Me" site was also created to raise money for the children.
In just a week they raised nearly $180,000. A large part of that, came from complete strangers.
 
"They're just sharing their stories on how they wanted to give something, and how much this has touched them," says Lindsay Williams, who created the "Go Fund Me" donation site in Shari and Bram's honor. "How this has made them want to live a better life. It's so inspiring. All we wanted to do is to create a community of strength and love."
 
Friends say this amazing response is not surprising if you were lucky enough to know the couple, and how wonderful they were.
 
Hundreds of people are expected to attend a Celebration of Life  tomorrow in Madison at Edgewood High School at 11 a.m. That's located at 2219 Monroe Street.