Friends and family say goodbye to Kokomo teen killed in hit-and-run accident

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Friends and family said goodbye to a Kokomo boy killed in last week’s hit-and-run crash Wednesday.

Christian Reede’s family and friends gathered for his visitation, and it was full of tears and hugging.

All afternoon, people piled in to the funeral home to say their last goodbyes. Easily, hundreds of people were in attendance. Family and friends say that’s helping them cope with the loss.

“He had this glow, when you looked at him, he just, he lit up the room, he made everyone feel better,” said uncle Jordan Roberts.

If Christian Reede could be described in one word, his uncle would know exactly which one to use.

“Awesome. He was just an awesome person. Everything about him, he looked up to me,” said Roberts.

But, at 6-feet-3-inches tall, often times, Christian’s family and friends had to look up to him. The aspiring basketball player and hard-working 13-year-old is being remembered through pictures and the stories told by all of the people who attended, including uncle Paul, who shares Christian’s love for sports.

“I was like you should play for the Colts one of these days, or something, because, you’re heading in that direction. So, he started playing more basketball, playing more baseball, doing well in school,” said Roberts.

All of that ended last week, when Christian was at the controls of a moped coming back from being with his friends. Christian and Donte Brown were slammed head-on by the driver of a late model Ford, according to police. It was at the entrance of the Highland Springs subdivision that they were hit and left lying on the ground.

Donte was released from Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health Tuesday night. He’s home recovering from serious injuries. Christian was taken off life support late Friday night.

Now, his family, and friends are pleading for the hit-and-run driver to come forward.

“I don’t understand how somebody could hit somebody and just leave them, ya know? But, I think we’ll all sleep better at night knowing this guy was caught,” said Jordan Roberts.

Funeral services for Christian Reede will be held Thursday morning. The family wants to thank the community for their incredible outpouring of support. Meantime, police are asking for help finding that hit-and-run driver.