Family of hit-and-run victim wants justice

Posted at 9:44 AM, Sep 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-28 12:44:39-04

It has been one month since someone hit and killed 17-year-old Anthony Hofer, and family and friends are on a quest for justice.

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More than two dozen people canvassed an Otay Mesa neighborhood, not far from where he was hit, passing out flyers to keep his case in the spotlight.

“What bothers me the most about this is somebody is not taking responsibility, they know they hit something,” Kim Gonzales said.

Anthony was walking down Heritage Road late one night last month when, police say, a driver hit him and took off.

A jogger found his body the following morning.

The teen was hit not far from a residential neighborhood and his family thinks clues may lie there.

“We’re thinking it's someone in the community that knows something that was there that night,” Gonzales said.

Exactly one month after his death, both his family and soccer buddies are still trying to cope with the pain.

“It's sad for us but he's in a better place, he's with God,” Juan Ayala said.

Some of Anthony's teammates reflected on their friend before playing a game in his honor.

“He was really good, and he was really technical and he didn't like to lose, but he always had fun,” Ayala said.

As police continue to investigate, those closest to Anthony will work on their own to get justice for him.

They have a powerful message to whoever is responsible for cutting his life short.

“You probably drive past it every day and it's probably eating you alive, and just as it is hard for us, it will be double hard for you living with that each day,” Gonzales said.

The family along with Crime Stoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

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