Support pours in to family of couple killed in Kenosha County

CREATED Apr 28, 2014

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KENOSHA -- There's been an outpouring of support for the family of a young couple killed in a crash in Kenosha County.

Bram and Shari Dorresteijn leave behind a two-year-old son, Wesley; and a two-month-old daughter, Charlotte.

Friends, family, and now complete strangers are coming together to help those children.

"It's an unbelievable nightmare," says Nancy Ludkey, one of Shari's closest friends. "You never think something like this will happen to someone you love."

The couple had just left for a work trip last Thursday, when investigators say Bram crashed into the back of a semi-truck on I-94. It happened on a stretch of road where traffic was slowing and merging into one lane, in a construction zone.

Shari was killed instantly. Bram remained in critical condition after the accident, but passed away Sunday.

"He was surrounded by his family and friends," says Sara Grunzel, Shari's older sister. "We were all able to be with him when he took his last breath."

Doctors say he saved three lives by donating his kidneys and lungs.

"We know that's exactly how Bram would have wanted to leave this world," Grunzel says.

Grunzel and her husband will care for Wesley and Charlotte. They want to make sure the two grow-up knowing who their parents were.

"Shari and Bram might not be here physically, but the children can still know the kind of people they were and how much they were loved," Grunzel says.

That's why family and friends have already created a blog, to share photos, stories and memories of Shari and Bram.

"It's so important to us that they understand how amazing their parents were," Ludkey says. "I want them to be able to read these stories and look at pictures as they grow-up. They should always feel proud of who their parents were. Everything Shari and Bram did was for those babies."

You can post to the blog, by visiting the website shariandbram.blogspot.com.

Family and friends have also set up a fund to help Wesley and Charlotte. If you'd like to donate you can visit these websites:

http://www.firstbusiness.com/campaign/shariandbram

http://www.gofundme.com/Shari--Bram-Memorial-Fun