Relatives of hit-and-run victim beg for driver to come forward

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Metro relatives are grasping with the loss of a beloved family man while begging the right person to come forward with answers about how he died.

Kansas City police say a driver hit and killed 55-year-old Bryant Keith Lloyd at about 2:30 a.m. Friday morning at 18th and Prospect, then fled south on 18th Street. Detectives told the family he was wearing a red jacket and may have walked down Prospect from 39th Street, but that's all the family knows at this point.

Several dozen relatives met Saturday evening at the intersection where Lloyd died. They released balloons and sent up prayers, both of forgiveness for the driver responsible, and that someone will come forward and tell them what happened so they can bury Lloyd with closure.

Lloyd's daughter Lakeisha Jones said, "We just to know a time frame. If you think you may have seen something and you don’t realize that that’s what you saw, if you could just reach out. We don’t know what happened. I understand that it may have been an accident, but not having closure is what’s the hardest part."

Jones and other family members spent part of Saturday examining pink paint marks left in the street by scene investigators.

She said, "To see paint of where your father was, it’s like, that’s a mark. He was a human being. And for somebody to just leave the scene, and just leave him as if he was nothing, as if he was garbage."

Everyone who spoke with FOX 4 at Saturday's gathering echoed that Lloyd was a great man who positively affected everyone he came across, including his children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters. It's the futures family milestones without him they say will hurt the most.

"My younger brother is supposed to head off to college next month and my Dad won’t be able to see him off to college. My sister graduates next year and he won’t be able to see her walk across the stage, so this is hard. I want closure for them."

While they hurt, and hope for truth, Jones said his family will take comfort in the fact he's free from the pain of the world.

Lloyd was more often known as "Pickle-O." It's a name his family said he picked up in the more than 20 years he cooked and managed Gates BBQ in Kansas City. His nephew Michael Lloyd, who also works at Gates, said, "He always would speak to the customers and ask them how they were doing. He'd to the dining room, ask them how their food tasted and stuff like that. He was always being generous; being nice to them."

Lloyd's funeral is at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 23 at United Believers Church at 5600 East 112 Terrace in Kansas City, Mo.

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