Friends of Justin Burris Sr. have identified him as the man who died when the motorcycle he was riding crashed in North City on Friday, Aug. 12.
Burris, 26, grew up in Bothell and attended Bothell High School. He had three children: Faith, 4, Chelsea, 2, and Justin Jr., who will turn 1 soon.
His memorial service is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 at Woodin Valley Baptist Church, 5400 228th St. S.E. in Woodinville, 98021, according to a note left by his mother Bonnie Lee Burris, at the accident scene.
A candlelight vigil was held for him Sunday, Agu. 14 at the intersection of 175th Street and 15th Avemue Northeast where he died. Candles, two crosses and notes from family, friends and even strangers were written on one of the crosses, candles and pieces of cardboard.
“R.I.P. Justin Burris. We love you Dad. Faith, Chelsea and Justin, Jr.,” read a note from his children.
A Shoreline police officer noticed Burris speed past near the Shoreline-Seattle border before 5 p.m. on Friday and pursued him onto 15th Avenue Northeast but eventually gave up the chase. Soon after, Burris plowed into a car and died at the scene.
Burris died of massive injuries including skull fractures, head trauma, spleen, kidney, lung and aorta lacerations and amputation of one of his arms, according to the King County Medical Examiner's Office.
The driver of the car suffered minor injuries. (Click for previous coverage.)
Police later found out the motorcycle was stolen.
Joseph Webb, the owner of the motorcycle that Burris was riding, said he did not know Burris but was not mad at him.
He said he was more upset about online comments on news websites criticizing Burris and media reports detailing his criminal history.
“Who cares if he did drugs or stole? Who cares? He’s dead,” Webb said. “Where’s the respect? He’s dead, let him rest in peace.”
Webb said he wanted to offer support to Burris' family, the man’s mother in particular, and go to his memorial service.
Webb, who lives in north Seattle, reported the motorcycle, a 2007 Suzuki GSXR 750, stolen three weeks ago.
He identified it as his motorcycle by the military sticker on it when he was watching the television news last weekend.
“I was watching the news and found out it was my bike,” he said.
Summer Benson, a friend of Burris for about five years, said Burris and her husband, Michael, were friends since they were 10 or 11.
She and Burris used to buy cars off Craigslist, such as early 1980s Cutlass Supremes, and fix them up. He also loved playing guitar and singing.
“He smiled all the time. No matter what was going on, he made the best of everything,” she said.
Burris had been in trouble with the law since he was young, had problems with addiction and had been to jail, she said.
“He was in trouble with a lot of stuff," she said. “He was really stressed out. He didn’t know who to turn to, who to trust. He finally gave up.”
“It just sucks,” she said. “One side of him was good, but he was a bad ass. He didn’t listen. He broke a lot of rules.”