Community honors legacy of beloved food truck operator

PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) A West Philadelphia community is coming together to honor the legacy of a beloved food truck operator. The cook was hit and killed by a car.

As FOX 29's Bill Anderson shows us, he's being remembered for his commitment to the neighborhood.

80-year-old Lonnie Bostic was hit by a car and killed a week ago.The loss of life is an obvious tragedy but in West Philly the community is devastated as people learn that Lonnie Bostic is Mr. Lonnie, the owner of the BBQ truck that's been serving the community for over 30 years.

Lonnie's rib truck was known for lines that spanned an entire block. Customers say that he had the best ribs in the country but although they came for the ribs, it was his commitment to community that everyone will remember.

The truck still parked on 41st street near Haverford avenue is now covered in written messages, balloons and stuffed animals. As FOX 29's Bill Anderson stood there, people continued to arrive to either pay their respects or find out the unfortunate news about an old friend as they arrived thinking they were coming for lunch.

Bostic was a food truck chef long before it was the in thing to do and residents were thankful that his legacy is being appropriately acknowledged.  He didn't live a high profile life but for hundreds maybe thousands for 30 years he represented a place for a good meal and a good friend.

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