ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Lesia Nixon and her family are still trying to face a new reality as they deal with the loss of a loved one. 64-year-old Jerrel Nixon known as the 'rose man' was killed while crossing the street by a hit and run driver on Sunday night while working at CW's Lounge at the 2600 block of Natural Bridge. His children Teresa and Jerrel Junior are devastated.
It`s been the same thing all over again I mean they lost their father I feel like I lost my father a second time. The grief has been tremendous. 'I`m at a loss I don`t know how to process this.' Said Nixon
While FOX 2 visited the family, neighbors Shelby Shumacher, Tiffany Hodges walked up and expressed their feelings about the special friend who warmed their hearts.
'I got flowers for my mother from him for free on Mother`s Day. That meant so much to me. I was told there were roses left where it happened I had to put some roses here at his doorstep.'' said Shumacher
Jerrel is the brother of Lee 'The Rose Man' Nixon. Both were known for selling roses at nightclubs and lounges. Lee sold roses for 30 years until he was murdered in 2008. After his death, Jerrel and Lesia took over her father's business. A business Lesia says may come to an end.
'I don`t know if I can do this and feel as at home as I felt when I worked with my dad and worked with him.' Nixon said
St. Louis city police have 3 people in custody. Meanwhile the family is in the process of raising money for funeral costs and has a go fund me page for Jerrel, so they can move forward and find some degree of closure.
'He genuinely had a warm and loving spirit.' She said.