Family and friends of a Goose Creek cyclist who was killed last week in a hit-and-run gathered Sunday to celebrate his life at his favorite West Ashley brunch spot, The Green Goat.
“It was just a way for all of us to get back together,” said Jason Eisenberg, longtime friend of the victim, Jathon Bellamy III. “It’s amazing how many people’s lives he touched.”
Bellamy, 46, of Goose Creek, died at Medical University Hospital after he was struck by a vehicle about 11 p.m. Wednesday at Cosgrove Avenue and Azalea Drive. The driver fled the scene and still has yet to be caught, according to police.
“All of us are very angry — the person will never know what they took away from us,” Eisenberg said.
On Friday, he posted a heartfelt plea on Facebook for the suspect to turn his or herself in, and asked friends to share the post using the hashtag #comecleanforjae. The post had more than 900 shares by Sunday night.
“You can’t give back what you’ve taken, but you can give back a little, tiny piece of solace,” Eisenberg said to the suspect in a phone interview Sunday. “You take a life, you at least owe somebody some closure.”
Eisenberg described Bellamy as selfless and forgiving and a pack-leader to their group growing up. He said he was the kind of person who enriched others’ lives just by being their friend.
“Every aspect of a good human being, he just embodied it,” he said. “He had so much life — he would just share it with everybody else.”
Eisenberg said Bellamy was also “obsessed with cycling,” and always followed safety protocols on the road.
Scott’s Mortuary is handling Bellamy’s services and his funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at All Saints Chapel, 707 Chapel Dr., Goose Creek.
Anyone who has any information about the hit-and-run is asked to contact North Charleston Police at 554-5700 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.
Reach Melissa Boughton at 937-5594 or at Twitter.com/mboughtonPC.