The family of a Conyers man killed a in a hit-and-run crash the week before his wedding is demanding that the driver to step forward. There is a $5,000 reward for anyone with answers.
Jacob Halbrooks' mother, Joy Peppers, spoke tearfully to Channel 2’s Amy Napier Viteri about losing her 23-year-old son. Halbrooks died early Sunday in a hit and run while walking on the downtown connector. He had been out celebrating his bachelor party.
"He wasn’t just some animal. He was a baby. He was my child, and he was loved," Peppers said in a plea to her son’s killer.
Halbrooks was set to marry fiance Kayla Pruett on Saturday, but instead, the family is now grieving and trying to understand why someone would do this.
"It's just so hard to believe that instead of a wedding, we attended a funeral," Peppers said.
Pruett is also desperate for answers.
"My whole family is torn apart. My whole life is torn apart. Everything, we were so happy and now, I don't have anything," Pruett said.
She described Halbrooks as one of a kind, loving and generous person who adored her 2-year-old daughter. The family said police believe the car that hit Halbrooks would have extensive damage. A witness described a black four-door BMW or Mercedes Benz.
"Maybe a car in your neighborhood that you notice has some damage done," Peppers said, addressing viewers. "And we are all left here trying to figure out how we're going to live the rest of our lives without him."
The family is adding $3,000 to the Crime Stoppers reward, bringing the total reward to $5,000. Anyone with information should contact Conyers police.