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Durham Biker Killed In Myrtle Beach Remembered As Best Friend

Posted May 21, 2003

— Police are searching for a driver who hit anf killed Durham biker in South Carolina and left the scene Saturday.

It happened as Jay Jarman, 35, was on his motorcycle while attending a biker rally in Myrtle Beach.

While Jarman's friends and family held his funeral Tuesday, they are not putting to rest the search for the hit-and-run driver.

"He died the day before his birthday. He would have turned 36 on the 17th," longtime friend Dana Norwood said. "I've known him since I was 6 years old and he's like a brother to me. I'm going to miss him."

"I'll never be able to replace him, put it that way. He was trustworthy, hardworking," said Stephen Bonsignore, Jarman's friend and employer.

Jarman spent the past four years working on motorcycles. He just finished a bike that was recently featured on the cover of a national biker magazine. At Jarman's funeral, his friends wore his work shirts.

"All of us wore his work shirts," Norwood said. "This is what you saw him in 99 percent of the time."

"He left one of the most beautiful people I know laying on the ground to die. He was murdered as far as I'm concerned," Bonsignore said of the unknown driver.

[The driver] has to live with that for the rest of his life."

Jarman was one of seven bikers who died at the weekend rally. Police said it was the deadliest rally in its 63-year history.

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