"If someone's heart could break a million times they still wouldn't feel the amount of pain I feel over the loss of you."
Those painful words were written by the wife of a 33-year-old Woodbury father-of-two who died after a semi rear-ended his vehicle on Interstate 94 on Thursday.
Andrew Ross was slowing for traffic on westbound I-94 near Radio Drive early in the morning when his 2015 Nissan was struck from from behind by a Freightliner semi, according to a crash report from the Minnesota State Patrol.
Russ died at the scene while one of two other drivers involved in the chain-reaction crash was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Russ leaves behind two young children and his wife, Trina Russ, who wrote a heartbreaking tribute to her husband in a GoFundMe organized for her family.
"If someone’s heart could break a million times they still wouldn’t feel the amount of pain I feel over the loss of you. You were my best friend, my light on a dark day, my soulmate. You were the definition of what a husband should be. And our kids, how can I raise our kids without you? You were their world. They love you. You were their jungle gym, golf coach, and favorite person to play games with. But you were so much more. Working together we were raising two kids to be good friends, kind people, and strong children of God. The faith that you helped to cultivate in me may be the only reason I’m standing at this point. I go on, we go on, because of that faith. I can only pray to be half the bright light you were to this world. Until we meet again, you lift me up."
The fundraiser aims to raise $10,000, and as of Monday afternoon it had generated just over $7,700.
"For all those out there that are looking for a way to support our family during this difficult time we are looking to the future. Wishing the proceeds of this fund can give Grayson and Madison a bright future," Trina Russ added.
You can click the link above or right here to donate.
According to his obituary, Russ was an engineering manager for Schwing America in St. Paul, having earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin.
Russ was a graduate of Bemidji High School in northern Minnesota.
"Drew enjoyed golfing, playing softball, and the great outdoors. Above all else, he loved being a husband and father. He was the definition of super dad," the obituary says.
"There was no parenting feat he couldn't tackle. His children were the light of his life. He was lucky enough to marry his best friend and soulmate and they loved each other perfectly. His big smile and vibrant personality will be missed by all who knew him."