BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — After an Alabama man was killed after a fight in the Bronx, his close friends are sharing memories about why he meant so much.
40-year-old Troy Scott died after he was punched outside a restaurant in New York City this past weekend.
He was in New York to celebrate his sister’s baby shower and was supposed to return to friends in Birmingham Monday.
“I would tell him I love him and I wish he was coming back to Alabama to be with us,” said Laerica Harris.
Harris and other friends met Scott through a Carribean Club in Birmingham. Friends said he was working hard with Sherman Industries to help provide for loved ones in New York.
“He always talked about his family, his family, his sisters, and his children, how proud he is and how he would get up and go to work to make that money to make sure his family was taken care of. He always took care of his mother, his children,” said Lisa Dawkins, a close friend of Scott’s in Birmingham.
After Scott’s death, his father described his son as his ‘pride and joy.’
“The joy that he brought to me for 40 years, no man, and the person that took his life could never take that from me,” his father Stedroy Phillips said to WABC in New York.
His sister told WABC said she hopes police find the man they are looking for, but she forgives him.
“I have to. I have to. That’s the only way I can move on,” she said.
Scott will be laid to rest in New York, Dawkins said.
The Carribean Club, Birmingham Island Jams, in Birmingham plans to remember Scott with a moment of silence in his honor during an event Friday.