WOONSOCKET â€“ Sone and Chip Ratsamy have been watching the transformation since their son, Simon, was killed in a violent car crash a week ago.
Parked across the street from their quaint cottage on Park Avenue, his sleek, black Honda Civic has become a shrine, the hood now completely hidden by bouquets of roses, carnations and other flowers.
Friends, and total strangers, too, have been piling on the floral tributes since the aspiring paramedic, 21 years old, passed away.
â€śWe didnâ€™t ask them to do it, but weâ€™re so happy that they do,â€ť says Chip Ratsamy, his mother. â€śI am so surprised, so proud, that my son was so well-loved.â€ť
The spontaneous enshrinement of Ratsamyâ€™s customized wheels is only part of what has become a very long and elaborate goodbye for their son. The Ratsamys say more than 400 guests offering condolences have passed through the doors of their Park Square home during the last week, including a member of the New England Patriots practice squad with whom he happened to be acquainted.
Full story appears on page A1 of Wednesday's Call.