The family of 15-year-old Justin Flowers, killed in a hit-and-run crash earlier this month, made a tearful plea Friday for the driver of the car who hit Flowers to come forward.
At a candlight vigil, friends and family members gathered with signs and chanted "Justice for Justin" at the corner on the 2700 block of West Broward Boulevard where he was struck.
"Somebody has to know something," mother Diana Romero said. "That's why we are here. People have to see this is happening."
Flowers, a freshman at J. P. Taravella High School, was crossing the street when he was struck by an older model Jeep Cherokee that was changing lanes, police said. The dark-colored Cherokee continued westbound on West Broward Boulevard, making a right turn onto State Road 7 to travel north, according to police.
The teen was thrown to the ground and rushed to Broward Health Medical Center where he later died.
"He was not supposed to die like this and it's very sad," said 12-year-old sister, Diana Castro.
His mother remains in a state of shock.
"When you lose a father or mother you are an orphan. When you lose your wife or husband you are a widow. When you lose a son, there's not a name for that. You don't want it to be like that. It's not supposed to be like that. You are supposed to die before your son," she said.
Police are now offering a $5,000 reward for information on the crash. Anyone with information is urged to call Broward County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 954-493-TIPS.