The video of Bryan Bellace urinating on a memorial went viral. This sparked outrage among the residents who stepped up to clean the mess they had created. Bellace has apologized for his actions.
Just when you thought there's hope for humanity, people like Bryan Bellace prove otherwise. In a recent snapshot video upload, a 23-year-old drunk Bellace was seen urinating on a public memorial situated at Underhill Park in Mays Landing. It was made to honor the memory of a 9-year-old local boy, Christian Clopp, who passed away in 2012 after suffering from a brain tumor reported CBS Philadephia. Unfortunately for him, even his father decided to fire him from the small family business.
Bellace was accompanied by a friend Daniel Flippen, 23, who had the bright idea of recording this disgusting act and posting it on Snapchat. After being posted on Sunday, the video went viral and didn't pan out well for the two friends. Bellace was charged with disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, lewdness and having an open alcoholic beverage in a park as the police recognized him as the guy urinating in the video. According to police, Flippen was charged with having an open alcoholic beverage in a park.
The day after the video went viral, Mark Clopp, the deceased father decided to reach out to the two suspects. In a Facebook post, he wrote: I don’t know either one of you. I have no idea what exists in your life to make you so indifferent to how others feel but I hope this serves as a wake up call and you get the help you need. I admit, my initial reaction was to find you and beat you senseless in defense of my son’s honor and the distress you caused my family. I am better than that. I hope it doesn’t take the heartache my family has lived through to open your eyes. Something is wrong in your life and you need to fix it.
He added: You have done serious damage to your reputation; only you can fix it. How you respond to this dictates the direction your life will take. His son Christian Clopp, a student of George L. Hess Educational Complex was a former Cub Scout. When he was just 8-years-old, experts diagnosed him with brain cancer due to which he spent 150 days at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia after which he passed away. Not only does Bellace have to stand the wrath of the community and face the criminal charges against him, but he has also been fired from the family plumbing business by his father. It turns out the Bellace was wearing a company T-shirt while executing this vile act. "I had to remove him from employment," Bruce Bellace, told the Press of Atlantic City. "We apologized to the family... I'm sorry for his actions. I'm not proud of him."
Bruce reportedly learned about his son's doing after his wife started receiving a bunch of messages on her Facebook account. He also responded to several phone calls from strangers and apologized on his son's behalf. "Ultimately it's my fault," Bruce Bellace said. "Maybe we didn't teach him right." During an interview with ABC News Bryan Bellace said, "It was a big mistake I made. I was intoxicated. I didn’t know what I was doing at the time," and added that "When I came to my senses the next day, I realized I made a huge mistake. I wish I could take it all back and make things right." Bryan also tried to reach out to Mark Cloop through Facebook in order to ask for forgiveness. "If he responds back to me, I wouldn't mind calling him and talking to him and give him my apologies. I never meant for this to happen. It should have never happened."
Several residents of the community responded to this incident. Paul Burgan told CBS Philadelphia, "It’s a disgusting act." Desmond Walker posed a question, "As a single parent you think, 'What if that was my child?'" These two men took it upon themselves to clean the mess Bryan had created. A Facebook post showed how they cleaned the plaque made in Christian's honor. "We went down here, came with gloves, sanitizer and we got it cleaned up," said Walker. "We come together. This is our community," said Burhan suggesting they'll stand for everyone. "When stuff like this happens, we come together. We take care of what needs to be done."
Following this incident, Christian's father agreed to meet Bryan Bellace. During an exclusive interview by CBS Philadelphia, the two were shown deep in conversation and Bryan apologized to Mark Clopp for his actions while telling the reporter that he didn't remember doing any of this because he was highly intoxicated. Later that evening, Clopp said, "Being angry it's never gonna heal anyone. It's never going to fix it. The most intelligent thing to do is, again, put it behind us, and let's move on to something positive."