PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC)—Dozens gathered on Sunday night to honor a young man who was killed in a vehicle accident on Route 288 South in Chesterfield County last week.
"He was a fine person," said his mother, Anita Cushionberry.
Mourners met at Another Level Salon, where 27-year-old Morris Cushionberry worked for seven years.
His family and friends released 27 balloons into the air on Oct. 20—one for each year of his life.
"Even though I was the big brother, I looked up to him," Tyler Cushionberry said. "I'm just gonna miss him."
Morris Cushionberry was a brother, husband and father, who left his two young daughters behind.
His widow, Shandrease, said she'll miss "his smile, his sense of humor, and his just unconditional love for me."
On Oct. 16 Cushionberry was driving southbound on Route 288 when he crashed into a logging truck that had overturned in the travel lanes. He died at the scene.
"It makes me feel good; it makes me feel good to see that he had people that care so much about him like I do," Anita Cushionberry said Sunday.
In addition to working at the salon, Morris Cushionberry was a mechanical engineering student at Virginia State University.
"Everything we did, we did together," Tyler Cushionberry said of his late brother. "I just want his legacy to live on and I want everybody to know that he loved them just as much as they loved him."
Cushionberry's funeral will be held at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at Mount Olivet Baptist Church, 800 Augusta Ave., Petersburg, VA 23803.
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