Candlelight vigil planned for teen as search for hit-and-run driver continues

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 18, 2015) - Indianapolis Metropolitan police officers came to the Village Pantry gas station on Franklin Road Thursday to look over surveillance tapes as part of their investigation into a hit-and-run Monday that killed 16-year-old Antenia Young.

“I’m hoping the surveillance video catches the guy or lady who did it--anybody who did it," says Tavaris Reese, who works the Village Pantry. "I’m just hoping it sends closure to the family."

He says customers have come into the pantry saying they know exactly who hit Young, but they want to give the person time to turn themselves into police.

"To me, it’s almost like they were in the backseat with the hit-and-run driver," Reese says. "It’s just bad on all parts. So if you know something, say something."

Police have asked the public for tips about a dark-colored SUV with smoke colored headlight covers and heavy damage to the passenger side.

Young's mother, Khadeja Smith, says she was shocked to hear some people with information about her daughter's death weren't going to police.

"Why are you giving him time?" she questions. "My daughter doesn't have time left on this earth.”

Smith says a candlelight vigil will be held at 6 p.m. Friday where the accident occurred, near the intersection of 34th and North Franklin Road. The funeral is being planned for Tuesday at the Mount Zion Apostolic Church on 38th Street. A memorial fund has been set up at PNC bank.