Mr. Jacob Halbrooks had been out celebrating his upcoming nuptials when he left his bachelor party rather abruptly Sunday morning.
At 2:15 a.m., he called his mom to tell her he was not having a good time and had left.
Seven minutes later Mr. Halbrooks was dead. The 23-year-old was killed by a hit-and-run driver on the Downtown Connector near Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, according to Atlanta police.
Now Mr. Halbrooks’ family is offering up to $5,000 reward for any anonymous information that will help police arrest the person who killed their loved one.
“We would like to know what happened, why someone would hit him and leave,” said Mr. Robby Atkins, Mr. Halbrooks’ uncle.
Mr. Halbrooks, who grew up in Conyers and attended Springs Academy, was walking along I-78/85 when police said a dark-colored Mercedes or BMW Sedan hit him.
On Friday, they were still searching for the car and the driver.
About 500 people attended Mr. Halbrooks’ funeral Wednesday, Mr. Atkins said. It was unclear how many of them were expected at his wedding Saturday.
“He loved life, he had a huge heart and was a great kid,” Mr. Atkins said.
Mr. Halbrooks, who worked for Shumate Air Conditioning and Heating, was looking forward to settling down with his fiancée and her 2-year-old daughter whom he helped raise since she was about 5 months old, Mr. Atkins said.
But something happened during the celebration.
“He’s the type of person if something happened and he got upset, rather than argue he leaves and get himself out of the situation,” Mr. Atkins said.
And that’s what Mr. Halbrooks did Monday morning, which brought him to the Downtown Connector.
“His mother spoke to him on the phone,” Mr. Atkins said. “They were trying to get him somewhere they could pick him up.”
Friends were driving around looking for him when police showed up at his Covington home about 4 a.m. with the news of his death, Mr. Atkins said.
Mr. Halbrooks was the youngest of three children, and was his mother’s only son.
The family added $3,000 to Atlanta CrimeStoppers’ standard $2,000 reward. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (404) 577-TIPS (8477) or go to www.crimestoppersatlanta.org to submit the tip online. Tipsters do not have to give their names.
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