At 24-years-old, a Connecticut man has to make funeral arrangements for his mother, who police say was murdered by her boyfriend in Virginia.

As if that weren’t enough, he has to find a way to raise the money to bring her back to Connecticut from Virginia so she can be laid to rest with family. Joseph Muratori of Fairfield is the one tasked with this sad detail, as he says goodbye to his mom, 40-year-old Dawn Meade, who gave birth to him at the age of 16.

Dawn’s boyfriend is facing charges of second degree murder, after she was found along the side of the road dead last Friday. Police report that he was the operator of a vehicle that struck and killed her, according to Virginia's WTVR TV.

Joseph says that at the end of her life, she moved to Virginia to better herself and he begged her to come back. He started a GoFundMe page to honor her warm spirit, bring her back home, and help make funeral arrangements.