Created: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 08:38:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:17:55 EST
The mother and brother of a 25-year-old man killed on Gray Highway Tuesday is speaking out about their loved one's contributions to the community.
Daniel Muhammad was walking home from his work on Riverside Drive when he was struck by a car early Tuesday morning.
Esther Muhammad describes her son as a poet and entrepreneur with a strong spirit and a penchant for helping others.
"I don't think there's anyone he hasn't touched, I don't think there's anyone he hasn't helped in one way or another," She said.
Esther Muhammad says her son became involved in creative writing and poetry when he moved to Macon in 2000. She says it began as simple self expression, but grew into much more than that, as Muhammad shared his artistic gifts with children at the local Boys & Girls Club and the Tubman African-American Museum.
"He found that it had an impact on the youth, then that's when he started to manipulate that style so that he could connect with the youth," Esther Muhammad said.
Daniel Muhammad was severely injured in a car accident several years ago that left him with a metal plate in his head. His brother, 24-year-old Maurice, says watching Muhammad's attitude toward recovery was inspiring.
"Okay this man just left and came back that quick, so it's like I need to figure out what I'm doing wrong or either watch what just happened to him so I can go be better," Maurice Muhammad said.
While what happened is tragic, both Esther and Maurice say Muhammad would not want them to be sad. Instead he would want them to celebrate his life and all the good he tried to do every day for other people.
"Even though his life was short he lived, I cannot say there was a day that went by that he did not live his life to the fullest," Esther Muhammad said.
A funeral service for Daniel Muhammad is set for Monday, October 7th at 2 p.m. but a location has not yet been set.
The family is accepting donations in lieu of flowers to help pay for funeral costs. You can make donations at the Tubman African-American Museum or Bentley & Sons Funeral Home.