Man urinated on memorial to boy who died of cancer


A man caught on video while urinating on a park memorialmarker that honors a 9-year-old boy who died of brain cancer says he made "a huge mistake" and wants to apologize to the boy's family.

Bellace's friend Daniel Flippen, 23, filmed the video and was also arrested after posting the footage on Facebook.

The red-faced dad was referring to Snapchat video showing Bryan Bellace allegedly urinating on a memorial in Mays Landing for Christian Clopp, who died in February 2012 from a brain tumor. "I was intoxicated. I didn't know what I was doing at the time", Bellace told ABC News on Monday when reached by phone. The marker says Christian was "a child who made the world a better place through his courage, faith, smile, laughter and love of others".

"We went down there, we came with gloves, and we got it cleaned up", he said.

Police said they had investigated the "disturbing" video and charged Bellace, from Egg Harbor City, with lewdness, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. "I wish I could take it all back and make things right".

Clopp was stunned and hurt Sunday to hear two guys could show so much disrespect - in a children's playground dedicated to his son no less. Flippen was cited with having an open beer at the park.

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Desmond Walker and Paul Burgan, both of Mays Landing, were among the residents who were angered by Bellace's alleged behavior and showed up Sunday to clean up Christian's memorial.

The father of the boy whose memorial was urinated on has forgiven the man responsible and called the incident a "teachable moment". "May your memory and inspiration live on forever".

"I'm not proud of him".

"To the Clopp family, we support you, we are here for you, and if we can prevent it we will never let something like this happen again on our watch", Burgan wrote on Facebook.

The retired police officer is choosing to move forward with forgiveness.