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Community Mourns Teen Hit-and-Run Victim

July 23rd, 2013

Beverly White

A community is grieving a popular 18-year-old who was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver while crossing a street in South Los Angeles, while police seek the driver of a newer Mercedes that hit the teen. Beverly White reports from South Los Angeles for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Monday, July 22, 2013.

Memorial for a Teen Killed in a Hit-and-Run in South LA

 

Family and friends gathered for a memorial for a teenager who was killed in a hit-and-run crash Saturday in the Crenshaw District. Authorities said they were still looking for the suspect. Beverly White reports from South LA for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on July 22, 2013.

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A community is grieving a popular 18-year-old who was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver while crossing a street in South Los Angeles, while police seek the driver of a newer Mercedes that hit the teen.

Markeise Parish, 18, died at a local hospital after the crash near the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and 78th Place (map) on Saturday. The involved driver drove off without stopping to render aid, abandoning the Mercedes nearby.

Police found the car, but not the driver.

“I saw the callousness he displayed speeding off when the child was lying in the street, and I’ll never forget it,” said Kevin Chambers, a witness and neighbor.

Parish was described as a kind-hearted and churchgoing student who played basketball, football and soccer, and dreamed of a career in sports medicine.

“He was a nice kid,”┬ásaid friend Evan Council. “He wasn’t mean to nobody, he didn’t do nothing to anybody. He’s just my friend. I’m going to miss him.”

On Tuesday, posters and dozens of candles marked the sidewalk near where Parish was hit.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call LAPD South Traffic Detectives Mendoza or Yount at (323) 421-2500 or (323) 421-2540.

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