Cyclist Killed Remembered On His Birthday


UPDATED: Wednesday May 1, 2013 11:52 PM

A community gathered Thursday to remember a bicyclist killed last December. His family said they were still waiting for justice.

Bobby Grimm was 42 years old, but family members say he had the pure heart of a child.

"He had a smile every day for everybody. He didn't have a mean word to say about anybody," said his aunt, Clara Ferrell.

She said he was never without his smile, or his bike.

"He didn't have his license, but he rode his bike everywhere he went" said Ferrell. "That was his transportation. That's all he knew."

It was on his bike that he rode in to town every day, stopping by local businesses to visit and help out.

He was biking home from a cleaning job December 30th when he was hit by a pickup truck and killed.

Investigators believe alcohol was a factor.

"It's just senseless. That's all I can say. It's so senseless," said Ferrell.
       
Wednesday, the one thing that made sense to those who loved Bobby was to be together.

It would have been his 43rd birthday.

"We loved Bobby, and we still love Bobby," said Rev. Guiles Richardson. "That's why we're here to celebrate."

Dozens of people gathered in Veterans Park in Obetz, balloons in hand, to mark his birthday.

After praying and singing "Happy Birthday," they released the balloons into the sky.

"He was God's child. And I don't know if that's why he was sent to us, to help everybody," said Ferrell, "But you can tell by the community here, he took care of us."
     
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate this crash.

At this point no charges have been filed against the driver of the truck.

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