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UPDATE: Family & friends mourn loss of Chesterfield man

By Jola Szubielski - bio | email
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Friends and family are remembering a well known Chesterfield man.

We first brought you the story yesterday when the search for 31-year-old Ricky Viar -- who'd been missing since late last week -- took a tragic turn.

Ricky worked at the New Barbershop just off of Hull Street and there are messages left by friends and patrons indicating what a tremendous impact he's had on this community.

As the reality of Ricky Viar's death begins to sink in, the heartache is almost unbearable for his family and friends.

"Ricky's mom, his brother Michael are torn up about this, I'm torn up about this - he was like a brother to me."

His former roommate, David Self, says he was one of the dozens of people who searched tirelessly for Ricky in the hours and days after he was reported missing.

"Everybody loved Ricky, when Ricky didn't show up for work Friday, that's not like him. .. and I knew something was terribly wrong," Self said.

Flyers were posted, and search parties scoured nearby neighborhoods where a signal from Ricky's cell phone was last detected.

Their search though, ended in tragedy, Ricky had crashed his motorcycle. His body gone unnoticed for what could have been days, had finally been found in a ravine off the courthouse road exit off the Powhite Parkway.

This morning, loved ones struggle with their loss, but take comfort in their memories.

"I remember when County Rib and Ale opened up behind here, anytime they played a Michael Jackson song, Ricky was out there dancing like Michael, cutting the rug. It was hilarious," Self said.

As a friend, as a barber, a profession and a passion, he took great pride in. 

Ricky had worked at this location for several years, and had a long list of return clients who were like family.

"I just know, he was an awesome guy and he'll always be remembered around here, definitely," Self said.

Several fundraising events are being planned to help the family with funeral costs.  In the meantime details for a service are still being worked out.

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