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5-year-old car crash victim's family overwhelmed by support

Published On: Jul 31 2013 12:39:19 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 31 2013 11:02:24 AM CDT
5-year-old car crash victim's family overwhelmed by support

A fundraiser was held Tuesday night in Vina to support the family of a young boy killed in a car accident last Wednesday in Los Molinos.

The accident on Highway 99 took the life of 5-year-old Gunner Langenderfer of Gerber.

It also seriously injured his mother, 31-year-old Katie Ramsey of Los Molinos.

Emotions were running high as the community gathered for the fundraiser Tuesday night at Lassen Steak House on Highway 99, where Katie is a bartender and server.

"I never ever could have imagined the amount of support and love that we've had over the past week," says Dustin Ramsey, Katie's brother, "it's been amazing."

All proceeds from the dinner went to help the family of young Gunner Langenderfer and towards Ramsey's medical bills. There was also a raffle with thousands-of-dollars worth of prizes that were donated in just the last few days.

"Hopefully it will take care of a lot of medical bills and so on," says Bill Campbell, who drove from Chico to help out. "And we're really pulling for (Katie)."

Droves of people also turned out Saturday for a benefit car wash at Scoops Ice Cream in Red Bluff.

"Well we wanted to make the car wash earlier and we weren't able to," says Brandon Lengtat, a long-time friend of Katie's who was at Tuesday night's fundraiser. "We live in Corning so it was close and just wanted to support the family."

Katie Ramsey's best friend, Leah Duncan, who helped set up the event, says the support has come from all over.

"You couldn't imagine all of the people from different cities," she says. "All the way from Sacramento to Redding, as far as I know. A lot of support, a lot of people there and a lot of people that she's never met."

The community's reaction to the tragic event has Dustin Ramsey seeing things in a new light.

"I definitely feel different about this community," he says. "I had to see it first hand, but I know there's a lot of loving and a lot of care in the community and it means the world to me and my family. Thank you very much."

You can make a donation in Gunner's memory by going to Cornerstone Bank and asking to donate to the Gunner Langenderfer Memorial Fund.