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