Family opens funeral services for hit-and-run victim in Syracuse

Calling hours for Robert BeVard will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18, followed by services at Maurer Funeral Home at Moyers Corners on 3541 State Route 31 in Baldwinsville.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Funeral services for 27-year old Robert BeVard were going to be private, until his family was overwhelmed with calls from acquaintances of the Liverpool man.  Jon BeVard decided he didn't want to exclude any of his son's friends from being able to mourn alongside his relatives.

Syracuse police say Robert Bevard died after being hit by a car along Park Street just before 12:30 a.m. on Friday morning.

The suspected driver, 39-year old Alicia Alampi of Liverpool is charged with DWI, vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal crash. Bail was set at $50,000.

Alampi, who police say had a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Police believe Alampi took off after hitting Bevard, but her license plate was still at the scene when emergency crews arrived.

Rob BeVard was born in Waco, Texas, and became a devoted fan of the Dallas Cowboys, according to his father.  In New York, he attented Liverpool High School, where he played lacrosse as a student.

A line from BeVard's obituary says he leaves behind both parents and at least one brother, "Robert's brother looked up to him and will never forget all the time they spent together."

The Teen Challenge played an important role in Rob BeVard's life, according to his father.  The family is hoping mourners consider donations to the organization to help troubled teenagers, in Robert's memory.  Contributions can be sent to Teen Challenge, 124 Furman Street, Syracuse, New York, 13205.  The group's website says it offers residential services for people of all ages, who are struggling with life-controlling addictions.

Calling hours will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18, followed by services at Maurer Funeral Home at Moyers Corners on 3541 State Route 31 in Baldwinsville.

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