by Alexia Stanbridge
AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WSET) — A family is working to send their son's body back to Guatemala after he passed away last week in a car accident in Madison Heights.
Lleyson Ferlandy Raymundo Tut died early Monday morning in the hospital. Officials said the car accident took place at the intersection of Dillard Road and Thomas Road.
He has lived in Lynchburg for a few years now. Much of his immediate family, including his parents live in the area but they have plans to go back to Guatemala, where the rest of his family still is.
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Lleyson's father, Virgilio Raymundo spoke with ABC13 Saturday. He doesn't speak English, but one of Lleyson's close friends, Isaac Bonilla translated and spoke for him.
"They're not sure how long they are going to be here and they don't want to leave their son behind here," Bonilla said for Virgilio.
They said they are in contact with the Guatemalan Embassy, asking for help with the funds, however, they do not have enough to cover the costs. "They're not sure how long they are going to be here and they don't want to leave their son behind here," Bonilla explained.
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The family also set up a GoFundMe and Bonilla said they have to raise the money by next week. He and Virgilio said that donating the smallest amount would help them.
Sunday, the funeral will be held at 5 p.m. at the Diuguid Funeral Chapel on Timberlake Road.