As donations for the family of the baby boy killed in a Lansdowne crosswalk approach $100,000 this week, his mother wants to express her gratitude to the community.
In an email to Loudoun Now, Mindy Schulz showed her appreciation for those who have donated, delivered meals, offered words of comfort and set stuffed animals and flowers at an impromptu vigil near the Riverside Parkway crosswalk.
“We would like to deeply and wholeheartedly express our most profound and humbled gratitude to the community,” she wrote.
“My words can not do justice to the overwhelming outpouring of love and support we have experienced and are so grateful for. When every day feels dark and impossible, many beautiful souls have reached out in some way to be those small points of light to give comfort, encouragement, compassion, or hope,” her email continued. “Every single one of those points of light have mattered in these dark days. I wish I had better words than ‘thank you.’”
Schulz, pushing 5-month-old Tristan in a stroller, was crossing Riverside Parkway on Aug. 31 when a Jeep drove into them. She was injured but released from the hospital a few days later, but her son died from his injuries.
No charges have been filed against the driver. The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office released a statement Friday stating that investigators are continuing to review evidence in the case ahead of a decision about possible charges.
While questions still remain unanswered, the community’s support for the Schulz family has not waned. A GoFundMe page set up Sept. 1 still gets daily visits and almost daily donations. The money will help cover medical and funeral costs. Donations can be made at gofundme.com/2mr4cpg.