MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — Zelly Sean stopped to help a driver who had been involved in a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning in north Austin when a third vehicle hit and killed him.

Julia Sean held a vigil at their church from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday to honor and remember her late husband. The vigil was at St. Raguel Ethiopian Orthodox Church at 19000 St. Raguel Road in Manor.

His family said he grew up and served at that church. Zelly’s cousin added the way Zelly stopped to help someone in a time of need explains his character perfectly.

“Hearing how he passed was how I knew it was real, because that is something Zelly would do, and I’ve seen him do … He always loved his neighbor. He always went out of his way to love his neighbor no matter who they were, what they looked liked,” said cousin Eyosias Samson.

“I now understand what LMM (Lin-Manuel Miranda) meant when he wrote that there is suffering too terrible to name,” Julia wrote in a Facebook post.

An online fundraiser is currently open to the public to help Sean as she grieves. The fundraiser had a goal of $10,000, but donations have more than doubled that.

Zelly Sean was killed in Austin after stopping to help at the scene of an early morning crash on 1100 block of East Anderson Lane. (Photo: Tim Holcomb/KXAN)
Zelly Sean was killed in Austin after stopping to help at the scene of an early morning crash on 1100 block of East Anderson Lane. (Photo: Tim Holcomb/KXAN)

Vigils will carry on nightly at the church.