In the wake of the tragic loss of local musician Chris Stafford, who died in a car accident on Pinhook Road on Thursday (May 2), a GoFundMe page has been set up to cover the funeral expenses for the 36-year-old, who was a pivotal figure in the Acadiana music scene.

Described as a "little musical genius brother" by those who knew him best, Chris's sudden passing has left friends, family, and fans heartbroken. The GoFundMe campaign, with funds going to his brother Mike Stafford, aims not only to fund Chris's funeral services but also to manage the ongoing expenses of his music studio and set up a future endowment in his honor.

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"Chris has given so much to the world by sharing his talents for so little compensation in return; he has touched and inspired so many people with his music," the GoFundMe page reads. "Now it's time for us to give back."

Many of the tributes in the wake of his passing reflect on the community's deep connection to Stafford and how his music has been a source of inspiration and joy for many. The GoFundMe notes that any funds collected beyond the funeral costs will be used to support his studio and the future endowment, ensuring Chris's musical legacy continues to influence and inspire.

Funeral services for Chris Stafford are scheduled for Sunday, May 5th, with details to be shared on the GoFundMe page as they become available. The page serves as a hub for those wishing to contribute and share tributes, celebrating a life that, though tragically shortened, profoundly impacted the Acadiana cultural landscape through music and beyond.

Those wishing to contribute can find the GoFundMe campaign here.

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