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A Go Fund Me campaign has been launched to help his family pay for funeral expenses
Dashonn States was known as someone who started each day off with a clean slate and lived life to its fullest. He died June 22, 2017 following a car crash.
WEST HANTS, N.S. — A 22-year-old man who died following a car crash on Bog Road June 22 is being remembered as someone who lived every day to the fullest and was in the process of changing his life for the better.
Dashonn Jondell States, of Newport Station, had only just turned 22 a few weeks before his death.
Amber Roy, his cousin, said the family is in mourning and as they try to make sense of the tragedy, she’s trying to help raise funds to pay for the costs associated with his funeral.
“They've helped so many people in these exact same situations who had nothing and never asked for anything back. I just wanted to do something for them and for Dashonn,” said Roy.
The fundraiser’s goal is to bring in $5,000. The money will go towards paying for the funeral expenses, which Roy said she didn’t realize would cost as much as they do. The family would like to have urn necklaces made, so that they can keep him close.
As of June 30, the online fundraiser had brought in about $700.
Roy, who lives in Canning, said her cousin always put family and friends first.
“He was a rebel but he had a big heart,” she said with a laugh as she remembered some of the antics he got up to over the years.
“He loved life. He lived life to the fullest and he lived every day like it was his last.”
States is being remembered for his unique sense of humour, his ability to make people laugh, his passion for being outdoors, and being fiercely loyal and protective of friends.
When Roy returned to Nova Scotia with her young son, Ben, several years ago, she lived with her aunt and uncle. She said States helped her transition to being a single mother, and took Ben under his wing.
“He took right to Ben and that was huge because Ben was obviously struggling with the fact that his father is no longer around. Dashonn really went above and beyond, in my opinion, and did a lot for Ben,” she said, noting he took the child camping for the first time and fishing.
She said States loved his dog, TJ, very much and was the type of guy who stood up for his friends and underdogs.
Roy said he was an outdoorsy guy and very interested in trucks, especially Fords, and loved tinkering with older cars. She said he was planning to pursue a career that would see him putting his passion to work.
“He did end up going to jail for a little bit. Like I said, he was a little bit mischievous,” said Roy
“It was just for a short time but when he was in there, he started to take a course to be a mechanic… He did have plans to be a mechanic, to go to college and finish that,” she said.
“It seems to me, when he came out of jail, he really turned his life around and had a different perspective. He was the same happy-go-lucky, live freely every day person, but he just seemed to be more passionate about certain things and realized a lot of things,” Roy said, adding he never got the opportunity to make his dreams of becoming a mechanic come true.
States was born in Kentville on June 12, 1995. He is survived by his father, Delbert (Nicole) States, Newport Station; his mother, Tina Marie Dagley-Mason (Joseph Mason), Dartmouth; his sister, Chelsa States, brothers, Darius States and Justice Hunter-Upshaw.
His funeral was held June 27 in Windsor. Roy said she hopes the public will pull together to help his family deal with the sudden cost of burying a loved one.
For more information about the fundraiser, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/urn-funeral-expenses-for-dashonn-s