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INDIANAPOLIS — Alex Brinley is still struggling to come to grips with his loss. He spent Sunday afternoon returning to the crash scene on Senate Avenue and St. Clair Street where his boyfriend, Tim McCormick, was killed.

Brinley along with some of Tim’s coworkers from Indianapolis also spent a few hours Saturday night in the morgue with Tim.

“I just didn’t want him to be alone wherever he may be,” said Brinley. “I don’t think there are words for it. I’m mostly just been numb.”

Brinley said he spent much of Saturday in denial about Tim’s death. The two met shortly after Tim moved to Indianapolis. They had been dating for nearly a year.

“Originally just as roommates but it quickly progressed and we fell in love,” he said. “He was everything in a small package.”

24-year-old McCormick was from Staten Island, NY. Alex describes him as a ball of energy who loved to help people.

Tim made a career out of it as an EMT for nearly three years, all while earning his bachelor’s degree in political science from IUPUI. Alex said Tim dreamed of one day working for the federal government.

“He liked what he did but he wanted to do something more, something bigger,” said Brinley.

Alex said he could not have asked for anyone more loving.

“Just for the amazing, loving, totally selfless person that he is,” he said tearfully.

Friends and family with be gathering for McCormick’s wake at Crown Hill cemetery from 4-8 pm. Tim’s funeral will be at the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral on Tuesday at 10 am.

Tim’s family will be flying in to Indianapolis Monday for his funeral the memorial service this week. They will be bringing Tim’s body back to New York where he will be buried.

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