His family described him as a “professional prankster and goofy big brother.”
The 32-year-old Jamaica Plain resident, Stephen Salazar, died Wednesday in a crash where his motorcycle overturned on the Exit 18 ramp of Interstate 90 eastbound in Boston.
“Our SONshine,” Isabel Salazar said in a GoFundMe campaign. “Gosh he could make us laugh so hard.”
Isabel Salazar and Ashley VanBuskirk organized the GoFundMe Thursday in hopes of raising enough money to host his funeral, and bring his body home to Bulverde, Texas.
After just a day, 66 people had donated, and they raised $5,680, more than the $5,000 goal.
His family said Stephen Salazar was kind, and that his love for other people knew no bounds.
“Many of those who knew him in Boston have said ‘he would literally take the shirt off his back for someone in need,’” Isabel Salazar wrote. “We saw him do it many times. Once, he even pulled his shoes out of his backpack and handed them to a stranger in need.”
She said he lived fully, with good music, food, and company.
A business that donated $200 to the fundraiser posted on Facebook Thursday saying, “RIP Stephen Salazar, you will be missed.”
When it came to others, Isabel Salazar said Stephen showed no reservations.
“Everyone was worthy and everyone was meant for greatness in his eyes,” she said.
She said he loved the East Coast and will be saying a final farewell as he travels back to Bulverde.
“A life, cut too short,” Isabel Salazar wrote. “A loss unbearable in every way.”