By Jericka Duncan

WEST GOSHEN, Pa. (CBS) — Tears didn’t stop flowing from the eyes of the mother and father of Joseph Pietroforte, who will be missed by more than just his family.

His roommates and West Chester University classmates cried together, hugged each other and looked at the memorial site as to say why did this happen and how did this happen. The victim’s mother addressed the crowd.

“I know your loss is as bad as ours,” Dawn Pietroforte told the crowd. “He touched a lot of lives. Thank you, thank you for coming out, thank you everybody.”

His parents crossed the 600 block of South Bolmar street to see the police markings from where their son died.

Police say 80-year-old William Eckel of Glen Mills was heading North on Bolmar Street in West Goshen Township Monday evening and struck Pietroforte as he headed to A. Duie Pyle to work. Police say Pietroforte was pronounced dead at the scene.

“It’s just unfair that someone like him died, just unfair,” said Nick Borak.

Twenty-year-old Nicholas Borak was one of Pietroforte’s roommates and close friend.

Saturday, Pietroforte celebrated his 21st birthday.

“I’ve known him since freshmen year,” said Borak, who described Pietroforte as more of a brother than a friend.

Flowers, pictures, and this Nazareth High School football jersey, are reminders of a life lost.

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