CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- “We're going to get justice for Justin. I will promise you that,” said Justin Tilghman’s mother, Kim Bellone.

Justin Tilghman's family is calling the campaign Justice for Justin after his life was tragically taken by a drunk driver.

“It's just such a loss, it's just a terrible thing for any parent to have to go through,” said Kim.

Family and friends gathered at the Quirk Hotel to hold a memorial for him.

“Thank you for giving us that chance to know him, befriend him and laugh with him,” said one of Tilghman’s family members in a eulogy. 

They honored a man they described as kind and a good friend.

“He would do anything for anybody he was an amazing son and an amazing person and he's gonna be missed so much by everybody,” said Kim and Mike Bellone, Tilghman's parents.

Just four months before his death, Tilghman had gotten what his parents called his "dream job" as a chef at the Quirk Hotel.

“He just loved cooking; he'd been cooking since he was 14 years old and he loved to feed people and make them happy with food,” explained the Bellones.

Now his family is speaking out on his tragic passing so that others won't have to go through this.

“Because we don't want something like that to happen to someone else, somebody to be taken too soon. So senseless,” said Angela Andreoli, Tilghman's aunt.

The crash is still under investigation, but in the meantime, his family has set up a culinary scholarship in his memory.

For more information on how to donate to the Justin Tilghman Culinary Scholarship, click here.