GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Patricia Ruff is living every parent’s worst nightmare.
“I can’t believe he’s gone,” she said. “That’s my baby.”
Her 31 year old son Thomas Talley, Jr. was found lying dead in the road on North Main Street around 2:40 a.m. last Monday. It’s the same location – across from the North Gate Soda Shop – where a vigil was held Sunday honoring the army veteran.
“He was a wonderful gentleman, well educated, honest, very giving,” said Ruff.
The coroner says it appears Talley had been hit by a car that drove away from the scene.
“I’m shocked by the fact that whoever did do this drove away,” said brother Anthony Talley.
“It hurts to know that we live in a world so cruel, and so cold that we just run over people and leave,” said friend Ashley McCuen. “He was everybody’s strength.”
After 16 years of friendship, Milton Hubbard says he and Talley were like family.
“He was my brother man,” said Hubbard as he broke down. “He’ll give you the shirt off his back. He’ll do anything for you.” They say Talley was skilled at martial arts, and adored by his god children. “He’s always helpful to others,” said Ruff. “We want the truth to come out and we want justice.”
Greenville police need help finding a potential witness who was driving a dark-colored sedan, possibly an impala, around North Main and East Hillcrest Streets.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 23-CRIME.