Tybee Island, Ga. (WTGS)-- For the eighth time, dozens traveled to Tybee Island to take part in the annual Speedo Sunday event. This day full of fun was organized by Scott Waldrup, who originally started the event as a celebration for his partner Tart Johnson's birthday. The event grew each year, but in 2017, there was concern the event wouldn't happen due to tragedy striking on July 5th.
Police say Waldrup was killed by 17-year-old Jerry Chambers Jr. who hit him with an SUV while trying to escape from police after a gang-related drive-by shooting. The shooting injured four people, and the crash injured five others. It also killed Waldrup, and the other two men in the car with Chambers.
Chambers now faces felony charges for the murder of all three men killed.
Friends and family say the tradition of Speedo Sunday needed to continue on.
"Because it was Scott's event, and he would have wanted it this way. I mean, he is somewhere disappointed if we wouldn't have had it so I think he's with us today and he's still really happy it still went on," said Megan Benson, Waldrup's friend.
"It's all about people just being who they are and being comfortable with who they are. And being accepted for who they are," said Terry Waldrup, his mother.
Sunday's event was all for fun, but friends say they hope next year they can make Speedo Sunday a fundraiser.