HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Family members say 21-year-old Benjamin Johnson lit up their world with his positive attitude and big heart. Friends and family celebrated his life Monday with a visitation and private funeral service.
The parking lot at the Berryhill Funeral Home was nearly at capacity as loved ones said their final goodbyes to Benjamin. He was killed alongside his girlfriend, Alexa Hannig, and her young son, Hayden, Thursday morning when a suspected drunk driver hit them head on.
We spoke to Ben's sisters Sunday night at a candlelight vigil for the victims. They say they're dealing with a wide variety of emotions. “A lot of anger, I think Ben would probably be the one that was handling this the best," says Rebekah Shelton, Ben's sister. "He would be so mad at us for crying," added Britney Morris, Ben's oldest sister.
“This is senseless and we lost three very beautiful people for something we’re never really going to understand why," says Rebekah. They say that's just how he was, a brilliant personality with an unparalleled sense of humor. “He never met a stranger since the time he was a baby," says Britney.
They say he was the kind of person that would give you the clothes off his back - literally. “We can’t find a lot of his clothes," says Rebekah. "It’s really true, oh my God, we’re searching everywhere for all of his clothes. I’m like putting out a PSA. like can I have my brother’s shirts and hats and stuff," says Britney.
While there's nothing that can take away their pain, they said their spirits are lifted by those who have shared memories about their beloved Ben. “So unbelievably comforting to know how many people loved him and Alexa and Hayden, this much," says
Ben and Alexa's families have set up a GoFundMe Accounts to help them with funeral expenses.
Alexa and Hayden's GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/94468y78
Ben's GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/2574c44
Hyde Homes has also set up a fund at BancorpSouth for anyone wishing to make donations for Alexa and Hayden. The money will be given to Alexa's family for funeral expenses. If you wish to make a donation you may do so at any BancorpSouth location or stop by Hyde Homes, located at 2101 Governors Drive. The account is under "Hyde Homes for Alexa Hannig and Hayden Martella". Checks will need to be made out to Hyde Homes and in the memo please write for Alexa Hannig and Hayden Martella.