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A groom in Nebraska, identified as Toraze Davis, died of a heart attack an hour after his wedding ceremony began.
Toraze and Johnnie Mae Davis walked down the aisle in front of their children, parents, family and friends Monday, vowing to spend the rest of their lives together. However, shortly after the groom collapsed to the groundturning what was supposed to be a celebration of a lifetime into a loss.
The “happiest day of their lives turned into a day of tragedy,” Monica Miller, the bride’s bridesmaid who was at the wedding, told NBC News.
Friends are now trying to support the bride.
Jewel Roberson, a friend of the bride, told KETV in Omaha that Toraze Davis’s heart stopped for the first time an hour after the ceremony began.
“In a second. It happened in seconds. She has been widowed and married in the span of 10 minutes,” Roberson told the station.
An online fundraiser to help with the couple’s funeral expenses and children had raised more than $12,000 as of Friday night.
“She went from planning a wedding to now planning a funeral,” said Miller, who is organizing the fundraiser.
Toraze Davis’ funeral will be on July 5according to service information shared on the Good Shepherd Funeral Home website.