Friends and family of five people (and an unborn baby) killed in a devastating Maryland car crash over the weekend are currently reeling.30-year-old Zarissa Ayres (above) died while en route to her baby shower alongside her sister, her sister’s boyfriend, her 4-month-old nephew and her 7-year-old niece when her car collided with a tractor-trailer.
Friends and acquaintances of an Accomack County family killed in a crash in Maryland during the weekend returned to school and work Monday still trying to fathom the loss.They also have started a fund to help the remaining family members with the expense of holding multiple funerals in the upcoming days.The five victims, one of whom was pregnant, were on their way to her baby shower when their car collided with a tractor-trailer at a signaled intersection in Wye Mills, Maryland.
Geneva Pope of Baltimore had been friends with the pregnant victim, Zarissa Ayres, 30, for around six years. She met Ayres, who worked until August at a mental health rehabilitation services business headquartered in McLean, Virginia, when the Eastern Shore of Virginia native was living and working in the area.On Monday, Pope started an online fundraiser for the victims’ funeral expenses.On Tuesday, she still found it difficult to speak of the loss through her tears.“It’s costly. I can’t imagine how they’ll struggle with paying for five funerals,” Pope said.Also killed in the crash were Zarissa Ayres’ sister, Regina M. Ayres, 24, of Greenbush; Regina’s boyfriend, Travis M. Stratton, 25, of Onancock; their 4-month-old son, Jonathan Ayres; and Regina’s daughter, Jordan Ayres, 7.