ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Friday a Colorado woman and her friend were in St. Louis trying to get their loved one back home.
James Kelley was struck and killed on Interstate 70 last week; the car that hit him was a St. Charles County police cruiser.
For hours Friday Jeni Shurley and Kelley’s wife Amy Rickords were in downtown St. Louis on the street holding signs, trying to tell anyone who would listen their story and asking for donations.
Shurley and Rickords stood with placards with Kelley's picture and asked for donations to help with his funeral.
Shurley described Kelley as a "nomadic person" always moving around the country.
“He traveled his whole life,” she said. “He was always on some adventure somewhere.”
Last Wednesday night just after 10 p.m., Kelley was hit and killed while crossing Interstate 70.
“He was actively seeking some help for some mental problems he was experiencing and he was just released from the facility when he was killed on Wednesday night,” Shurley said.
“I'm just heartbroken my partner is gone,” Rickords said. “If it wasn't for Jeni I’d be all alone.”
While most people ignored the two women, resident Marcellus Buckley stopped and made a donation.
“It is our duty to protect and love and care for one another, that's what it's all about,” he said. “We are all human beings no matter what skin, race, creed or religion.”
Others expressed their sympathies.
They've been really kind,” Rickords said. “Even people not able to make a contribution have given us condolences. I've had hugs from random strangers this is a very kind city.”
The St. Charles County Police Department says Kelley's death is still under investigation by the Missouri Highway Patrol.
A spokesperson recommended the women contact the medical examiner's office to inquire about the indigent burial fund. The women say they did and weren't able to get help.
They have started a GoFundMe account.
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