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Community honors 79-year-old man killed crossing street

Cookout held to support grieving family

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A community came together Friday night to support the family of a man who was killed crossing a Northwest Jacksonville road.

Police said a car hit 79-year-old Arthur Mallory Sr. last Friday night as he was crossing Cleveland Road near West 45th Street. 

Mallory's family is still very much in the grieving process, trying to come to terms with what happened.

Friends, neighbors and even a Jacksonville City Council member attended a cookout in the Biscayne Downs subdivision to honor Mallory and to show love and support for his family. 

"You lose a loved one. You lose your father; you lose your sister; whoever you lose, it hurts," Councilman Reginald Gaffney said. "We understand that a brother is hurting, and more than that, a family is hurting, a daughter is hurting, and so we just want to love him as much as we can."

Those attending pointed out that amid the pain and the steady stream of negative news on the Northside, they want to shows the community can come together in a positive way.

"We see our brother hurting, and his family hurting. We’re all hurting with him, and we just want him to know that we’re all here for him, because it’s his day today, but it could be ours tomorrow," Darien Bolden said.

Police say the driver of the car that struck Mallory did stop and cooperate with investigators. Police have not said if she will face any charges.