LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The community is rallying around the family of a teen killed in a hit-and-run in a quiet Fairdale neighborhood. It happened one week ago along Glengarry Drive and police are still on the hunt for the man behind the wheel.
Police believe the car involved is a dark colored Mazda CX-7 between the years of 2010-2012. Investigators said there would be damage to the front grill and passenger headlamp and fog lamp assembles. There would also be most likely additional damage to the hood and windshield.
"He was a good 15-year-old kid," Danny Ernspiker said.
Ernspiker can't help but tear up thinking about the death of Trey Monroe-Royce. The Fairdale High School freshman was good friends with his nephew and Ernspiker got to know the teen over the years.
"He loved playing basketball," Ernspiker said, "a big UK fan, but his life was taken out way too soon."
Ernspiker was one of hundreds of people that made it a point to be at Fairdale Pizza and Pub Thursday night as the restaurant held a fundraiser and raffle to benefit the family.
"Fairdale is a really tight-knit community and for anything to happen to one person here, it happens to all of us," said Kimberly Johnstone, the manager at Fairdale Pizza and Pub, "and for this to happen to such a young man who had the rest of his life ahead of him, who was a promising basketball player, a great all-around kid, it's just devastating."
Monroe-Royce was hit and killed while walking along Glengarry Drive. The quiet street with a 25 mph speed limit is now marked with a memorial.
"Where the accident was, somebody knows somebody that was back there, it's just not a cut-through area, not a place that everybody goes," Johnstone said.
Police said a witness attempted to chase after the driver, described as a white man in his mid-30s, but ended up losing sight of him.
"I think everybody just wants justice at this point, it would help the family with the grieving to find the person that did this to bring closure for them," Johnstone said.
Everyone is hoping for answers before Monroe-Royce is laid is rest on Saturday.
"For the person that done this, I hope they catch him quick," Ernspiker said.
Fairdale Pizza was able to raise more than $1,800 to go towards the funeral.