HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Jessie Patterson was at work when she heard the news.
"It was just a real shock," said Patterson.
Her friend, Christina Renee Brazier, was riding her motorcycle on Memorial Parkway, last Monday when police say she lost control, hit an inside barrier and a light post near the Golf Road overpass.
Brazier, or "Kirby" to those close to her, was one month shy of her twenty-fourth birthday.
"She had this innocence about her that made you want to protect her and make sure nothing ever happened to her," said Patterson.
She quickly learned that Brazier's family didn't have the money for a funeral, so she set up this website to help cover the costs.
"I thought, we'll give that a try and see if we could give her the sendoff that she deserved," said Patterson.
In about 28 hours the site raised more than $5,000.
"It was very touching how quickly people that didn't even know her, didn't know me, got the message and gave," said Patterson.
Brazier will be laid to rest Tuesday in her hometown of Andalusia. The funeral service will be held at Keahey Funeral Homes at 2:00pm.
Patterson hopes her tragedy will remind others to start seeing motorcyclists.
"It just reiterates even more how important it is to look around you and notice people and take care on the road," said Patterson.
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Patterson said she is unsure of what the exact amount needed for the funeral is, but any money beyond what is needed will likely be donated to a charity in Brazier's name.