WASHINGTON — A grieving family on Saturday used a Facebook page to pay tribute to a Florida man who was killed in a car crash and was among the first to tweet a condolence to his family.
The post by Michelle Garcia, of Pensacola, Florida, began:”We will never forget the time we lost your son.
Rest in peace, your son was loved and loved by his family, friends and friends of friends.
Rest In Peace.
You will be missed.”
She added a link to the Facebook page of the Florida Highway Patrol that helped find the car driver who was driving erratically.
The Facebook post was shared more than 2,700 times by Garcia on Friday and was later liked more than 6,000 times.
Her family members have not yet posted a message to the page, but they have posted photos and a video of their son, Christopher Garcia Jr., on a memorial wall.
“My heart is broken over his death and I want to say how sorry I am for the pain his family and friends are experiencing,” Garcia wrote in the post.
“Rest in Peace, you will be miss you.”
The post, posted on Friday, had more than 3,000 likes and about 5,000 comments.
The family said in the Facebook post that Garcia was a father of two and worked at a local restaurant.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Garcia family at this time,” they wrote.
The Florida Highway Safety Patrol, which is investigating the crash, said that Garci was driving southbound on Interstate 495 at about 6 p.m.
Friday when the car hit the median and spun around.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said investigators are working to identify the driver and were still trying to locate the passenger in the car, but were trying to determine if the driver was intoxicated.
Garcia’s friends have started a GoFundMe page to help pay for funeral expenses, but Garcia has not responded to messages from the group.
In a video posted on Facebook, Garcia can be heard crying as she describes her son as a “great kid” and his friend as a family man.
“I’m devastated, but I’m also happy,” Garci said.