DETROIT, Mich. - Maurice Mims, a marine veteran killed at the age of 64.
He was one of 17 children. A proud family, now grieving his death after the driver of a silver Chevy Impala struck him Friday night. Mims was crossing at the intersection of Randolph and Larned in Downtown Detroit, when that driver hit him, and then kept going.
"He didn't get hurt in the Marine Corps," said Mims' brother Marvin, "but he made it all the way back here and some reckless driver kills him on the street on Veterans Day."
Marvin Mims, also a Marine veteran and one of the younger siblings. He was also the last to see to his brother alive. The brother who he says inspired him to serve our country.
"He would always go out on the 10th, which is the Marine Corps birthday, November 10th, and we'd celebrate every year," said Marvin tells us. "It just so happened we celebrated, pour some out for the Marines and went on, and I had no idea that would be the last time I saw my brother."
Maurice Mims was also known to be a popular Greektown artist. His art, all over the walls of his family's home. They tell us he was known to be kind and talented.
"He taught us how to cross the street," says Mims' brother David. "He was an artist. He was a leader. And that's the respect you have for a big brother.
Police have released surveillance video showing the driver speeding from different angles before they struck Mims. His family says they just hope the driver will now do the right thing.
"I pray for him that he will come and give himself up," says Sally Mims, Maurice's mother.
His brother Marvin continued saying, "Whoever it is who hit him, turn yourself in, do the right thing. You hit a veteran. You hit a hero."
Police say the surveillance video shows the silver Chevy Impala involved has tinted windows, and sunroof.
If you have information that could help police find the driver, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. You will remain anonymous.