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EXCLUSIVE: 5 News Speaks with Family of Hit And Run Victim
Written by Jared Pelletier
Last updated on September 27, 2013 @ 7:23PM
Created on September 27, 2013 @ 7:17PM

Family, friends and administrators who knew Joseph Dzuris, gathered at WVU on Friday for a bell ringing ceremony in his memory.

"Joe was a delightful child," said Joseph's mother Joan Dzuris. 

The sound of bells rang throughout the campus, as people came together to remember the victim of a fatal hit and run a few weeks ago. Joe died after he was hit by a car on Patteson Drive in Morgantown on September 15.

His mother told 5 News, "Everybody just, no matter where he went loved him. They absolutely loved him." 

Joseph's brother Joel is also a student at WVU. He said he will always have great memories about being with his brother. He told us, "There will always be memories of how he was just so energetic. He would always help people and be there for people."

Family members were surrounded by many of Joseph's friends and campus officials. They're all continuing to mourn the loss of a young man who was known for putting others first. His brother said it can be hard at times knowing he's no longer with him.

"He was always there for me. He'd always help out and make sure I was doing alright. make sure everyone else was doing alright," said Joel.

As the grieving continues, so does the investigation. Morgantown Police are still looking for tips that may indicate what happened and who's responsible. Joan Dzuris is struggling to find a reason why the driver who hit her son took of without stopping.

"The hardest part for me right now is knowing that the person who did this to my son didn't bother to stop and look to see if he even had one more breathe left in him," said Joan.

She and others have a message for whoever may be responsible. She said, "If you would've stopped maybe he still would've been breathing, maybe you could've called 911, maybe he would still be with us today."

Anyone with information is urged to call the Morgantown Police Department at 304-284-7522.

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