Atlantic City police Officer Andre Corbin was familiar with the address where he was sent Thursday night.
“Why am I going there?” he asked.
He was told he would make notification to the family about a bicyclist fatally struck by a tractor-trailer. The victim was Tariq Davis, 26 — Corbin's godson.
Davis, a father of two young children, was struck about 8:10 p.m. as he biked home from his second job at Eastern Pines Convalescent Center. The truck driver, who was from Delaware, had stopped at the sign on Rhode Island Avenue and was making a left onto Melrose when the crash occurred, Sgt. Monica McMenamin said. No summonses had been issued. City police and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Fatal Collision Unit were still investigating.
Working construction for his grandfather’s company during the day, Davis would then head straight to Eastern Pines to serve food to the residents there, always offering a big smile and a bright personality, Food Service Director Andre Hamlet said.
Residents were asking about him Friday, wondering where the young man who had worked there for six years was.
“We’re all in a daze here,” Hamlet said. “He’s very well liked in the facility. Just an exemplary young man, respectful and a pleasure to be around.”
Like Davis’ parents, he and his wife, Shakirah, were high school sweethearts, raising their own two children: daughter Malaysia, 5, and son Milan, 1. He often talked about his family at work, Hamlet said.
Younger siblings Samirah, Marshall and Hakeem also looked up to Davis.
“Hakeem adored him,” Corbin said. “He took it really hard.”
Robert and Latrece Davis did not want to be interviewed about their oldest child, but asked Corbin to speak on their behalf.
“He was a beautiful kid,” Corbin said. “He had never been in any trouble. He would do anything for anybody.”
The police officer was one of about seven men who called Davis his godson.
“We were very close growing up, so his father decided to make a lot of us the godfather,” he said.
“He’s definitely going to be a hard young man to replace,” Hamlet said. “I always would tell his mother, she raised him right.”
Funeral arrangements were still being made.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Traffic Unit at 609-347-5744.
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