A New Jersey man has apologized for drunkenly urinating on a 9-year-old’s memorial in a moment captured on video.
Bryan Bellace, 23, was in Mays Landing, New Jersey, when his friend videotaped him peeing on the memorial for Christian Clopp, a local boy who died of brain cancer in 2012, and then posted in on social media.
Bellace reportedly said he has no recollection of the incident because he was drunk.
"It was a big mistake I made. I was intoxicated. I didn't know what I was doing at the time," Bellace told ABC News. "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."
After Christian’s dad, Mark Clopp, posted about what happened, local residents reportedly helped disinfect the memorial.
"I’ve heard from hundreds of people offering assistance. Friends and strangers went to wash the memorial off," Clopp wrote in a Facebook post on Monday. "At the end of the day, the good outweighed and overwhelmed the bad. This is what Christian did during his life.
"He brought people together and he has accomplished that again."
Bellace told the news outlet he’s reached out to Clopp to apologize for his actions.
“I never meant for this to happen. It should have never happened,” Bellace added.
Clopp told CBS Philly he has forgiven Bellace.
"Being angry is never going to heal anyone, it’s never going to fix it. The most intelligent thing to do is to put it behind us. Let’s move on and turn it into something positive,” Clopp said.
Bellace has been changed with lewdness, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and having open alcohol in a park.
His friend who filmed the video was also charged with having open alcohol in a park.