Largo, Florida — Tragedy in Largo after a Marine Corp veteran is hit and killed on his motorcycle by a drunk driver on New Year's Eve.
Now, friends and family are gathering at a small but growing memorial at the intersection where 31-year-old Matthew DeRemer was hit.
Messages from loved ones envelop the makeshift cross standing on the side of the road.
One from his father reads, "My son...God's son. -Dad"
The memorial is where Matthew's fellow bikers remember the man he was.
"I told him, every day I would try to come and read to him because the last time he spent with me, he was reading scripture to me...and we were praying," friend Rachel Mattocks said.
"He touched a lot of people's lives," agreed Wayne Gutierrez. "Sometimes those are the ones that get chosen first."
Friends say DeRemer served as a Marine in Iraq.
Just hours before he passed away DeRemer wrote a Facebook post saying in part: "I really don't know where I'll end up tonight but I do know where I wind up is where I'm meant to be."
59-year-old Steven Clarke is being held in the Pinellas County Jail on DUI manslaughter charges.