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Balloons released during vigil for killed teen

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A vigil was held Friday behind the school where he made many friends in a short time. A vigil was held Friday behind the school where he made many friends in a short time.
Each balloon was released after someone shared their own memory of Tyler, including his mother. Each balloon was released after someone shared their own memory of Tyler, including his mother.
The teen was struck and killed Sunday night while crossing the street at South Perkins and Mallory Avenue by a brown or gold extended SUV that kept going. The teen was struck and killed Sunday night while crossing the street at South Perkins and Mallory Avenue by a brown or gold extended SUV that kept going.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Dozens gather to honor the memory of a Memphis teen killed in a violent hit and run.

Tyler Johnson, 15, will be buried Saturday in his football jersey. His family still waits for the driver who did not stop to come forward.

A vigil was held Friday behind the school where he made many friends in a short time.

"I don't understand how someone could hit my baby, and keep going," said mother Roshonda Weeden Johnson.

Johnson had plenty of shoulders to cry on during a vigil for her son, the oldest boy in a family of five children. Dozens gathered behind KIPP Academy where Tyler was on the football team.

Each balloon was released after someone shared their own memory of Tyler, including his mother.

The teen was struck and killed Sunday night while crossing the street at South Perkins and Mallory Avenue by a brown or gold extended SUV that kept going. His mother finally met a neighbor who comforted her son as he lay dying in the street.

"And for her to feel the love for my family and be here for us ... it means so much," said Johnson.

The family set up accounts at Orion, Regions, and Suntrust banks where customers can contribute to a reward fund, which is meant to encourage anyone with information to share it with police.

You can also share information by calling CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH.

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