By: Jenn Schanz
Those who knew him say Jesse Meints was a charmer, with a big heart and a sense of humor like no other.
"You can't help but love him when you meet him. I don't think there's many people out there who wouldn't love him when they met him," says one friend.
He was hit by car while on a late night jog on NW 48th street in Air Park Thursday night.
Police say by the time the driver saw Meints, it was too late. He died from his injuries Sunday night.
"It's been really hard just knowing that you saw someone the night before and then they say see you tomorrow and you don't....that doesn't happen."
Several of his friends never left his side at the hospital, and held his hand until the end. Now they're holding each others, pulling together to say goodbye to a man they say, was their family.
"The thing that's really getting us through it is that most of the time we're trying to do stuff, all we can do is tell stories about Jesse," says a friend and former roommate.
Friends say Meints, who was in the military, was a leader who seemed to know everyone.
Now, they say the challenge now is finding a venue big enough to honor him.
A visitation for Meints will be held Friday, Aug. 9th at Lincoln Memorial Park and Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6 p.m.
The funeral will be at Lincoln Berean Church's North Chapel on Saturday, Aug. 10th at 10 a.m.