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Call for justice at walk honoring hit-and-run victim

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Friends gathered in Hillcrest for a walk to remember a man hit and killed in Hillcrest on Sunday.

The medical examiner identified the victim as Aaron "Kurtis" Voorheis, 35, who was hit as he was crossing the street in the 1000 block of University Avenue near Vermont Sunday at about 7 p.m.

On Wednesday friends gathered at the corner of Park Boulevard and University holding candles wrapped with Voorheis' picture and holding signs "Justice for Kurtis." They finished their walk where the accident happened near Vermont Street.

"This walk is for Aaron and if you know anything about his death talk about it," said Rudy Delgado.

He lived with Voorheis for 15 years and is devastated the driver didn't stop, killing his 35-year-old friend.

"You took a beautiful person from this community, you took my best friend, you took her son," said Delgado.

CBS News 8 spoke to the victim's mother who flew in from Texas, she is in shock and numb knowing her son won't be coming home.

"I would give anything to have my son back, "said Tonya Hall. "It's going to be empty without him."

Voorheis had his roommate's Chihuahua, Minnie, with him during the accident. She wasn't hurt but was sent in the animal shelter and reunited with Delgado.

Police say the vehicle that struck Voorheis kept driving eastbound on University. It's described as a black pickup truck with "4x4" in red on the rear quarterpanels.

Officials suspect the truck also has some front-end damage. Two people were inside the vehicle at the time of the crash, according to SDPD Sgt. Leonard Flake.

"What kind of person are you?" said Voorheis' mother.

His roommate has much harsher words and calls the suspect a coward.

"How can you sit there at your home, how do you eat breakfast in the morning, how do you look at yourself in the mirror?" said Delgado. "I guarantee someone is going to find you."

Police say a passenger was reported in the black truck that hit the man and only one witness.

"Someone needs to step up and take care of this," said the roommate.

Investigators are still checking surveillance video at surrounding businesses.

A fundraising website has been set up to help with funeral expenses.

If you have any information, call the San Diego Police Traffic Division at (858) 495-7806.

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