Vigil held in Americus for man hit and killed while walking home

Vigil held in Americus for man hit and killed while walking home

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Family members held a vigil Wednesday in Americus for a man hit and killed while walking home from work.

Family and Friends of 62-year-old Eli French gathered at this Chevron Station on Adderton Street where French worked for 8 years to hold a candlelight vigil remembering him through song.

"He was a person that enjoyed life and lived life wonderfully," said Deatrice Harris, French's Niece

Thursday, French was walking home from work along U.S. 19 when he was hit by a car driven by 23-year-old Eduardo Cortes who will not face charges. Family members are now on a mission to make sure that area is safer for pedestrians.

"To lose him so tragically was just shocking to us last Thursday," said Deatrice Harris

French's loved ones held balloons..and even shed some tears as they remembered the husband and father of four. They also held posters saying "I am not a streetwalker." Words a local paper used to describe French..and words that didn't sit well with French's family.

"To characterize him as a streetwalker was an insult because they didn't know that that person was somebody's brother, somebody's husband, somebody's dad and somebody's uncle and we love him and we're going to miss him," said Harris.

Family members said their final goodbyes at this makeshift memorial near the accident site. French will be laid to rest on Saturday at 11:00 o'clock at Union Tabernacle.