Community celebrates life of prop master killed in hit-and-run

Case among 7 fatal hit-and-runs since Jan. 31

SAN DIEGO - 10News uncovered a staggering number of local unsolved hit-and-run cases in the past month.

The trend started with the death of a beloved member of the local theater community. The Old Globe Theater's prop master, Seamus O'Bryan, was killed riding his motorcycle in North Park on Jan. 31.

Since then, there have been seven others in San Ysidro, National City, Normal Heights, Southcrest, Hillcrest, Escondido and Chula Vista.

"The night it happened, he had been right up here singing," said Michael Murphy during a memorial service for O'Bryan at the Old Globe Theater on Monday.

Murphy is the managing director at the Old Globe and considered O'Bryan a friend.

"To have that, as one of his last moments ... haring with everyone ... was really, really powerful," he said.

A few hundred friends, family and members of the theater community filled the Old Globe for a beautifully orchestrated memorial service filled with songs, stories and photographs of O'Bryan's life.

They called it a celebration but admitted an arrest would help with closure.

"The family are such caring, loving people," said Murphy. "And forgiveness is important to them."

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