Friends remember Woonsocket hit-and-run victim

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Melissa Harrington is still in disbelief that her former colleague and longtime friend, Erika Belcourt, is dead.

“I’m devastated, but it’s just like, this isn’t real,” she said. “I just can’t believe that this happened to her. Nobody deserves this and she especially didn’t deserve this.”

Police say Belcourt, 40, was killed during a hit-and-run incident outside the Walnut Hill Apartment Complex on Diamond Hill Road in Woonsocket Saturday night.

Harrington says she leaves behind two young sons.

“There’s nothing anyone can do or say to make them feel better, and it breaks my heart,” she said.

Harrington says Belcourt had recently started working as a nurse.

“She would literally give you her last hundred dollars if you really needed it,” she said. “The most caring, hard-working, lit up the room when she walked in, always made everybody smile, and she’s gone.”

Friend Jackie Moore also calling Balcourt hard-working with a great sense of humor, adding “she would do anything to help anyone, even strangers.”

Police arrested 37-year-old James Grilli, saying it appeared to be a domestic dispute. According to Harrington, Grilli was involved in a serious car accident in Attleboro earlier this month.

He’s expected to appear in court tomorrow as questions remain.

“How could someone just take her away from us?” Harrington asked. “She had friends, she had family. She was just a beautiful person.”

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