Family of hit and run victim: 'He was basically murdered!'

Family of hit and run victim: 'He was basically murdered!'

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A Henrico family pleads for help in solving a deadly hit and run in Henrico. Emmanuel DeJesus, 24, was killed Sunday night on Patterson Avenue across from the King's Crossing Apartments. He was left in the middle of the road. Emmanuel was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Fighting through their grief, the family of Emmanuel DeJesus is sending this message.

"He had a heart of gold," says his mother, Monica DeJesus. "He was a good soul, and he didn't deserve to die like that."

From his 11-year-old brother to his parents, it's a simple plea to the person who was behind the wheel Sunday night.

"Just come forward," says Mansoor DeJesus, a younger brother.

Around 10:30 p.m., Henrico Police shut down a large part of Patterson Avenue, near Palace Way. It's not clear if Emmanuel was walking on the road or crossing, but he was hit by a car and the driver took off.

"He just got basically murdered," says Mansoor DeJesus. "He didn't get shot or stabbed or anything, but he got hit by a car, and the car didn't stop! They kept going."

Police believe the driver was behind the wheel of a GM model car. The family says they are grateful for one thing: a woman who stopped to try and help him.

"I'm really, really grateful and thankful that she did it," says Monica DeJesus.

The family says Dejesus was known as Manny. He had was a graduate of Hermitage High and had just started a job at Jiffy Lube. He was the oldest of six children.

Now this family is leaning on each other for support as they wait for answers into this young man's death.

"We unite," says Mansoor. "We're going to stay strong you know, together, you can't break it down."

If you know anything about this hit and run, call Henrico Police at 501-5000.

Friends and family have set up a GoFundMe page to help with DeJesus' funeral costs.

Police say the vehicle and driver involved in the crash have been identified, but no charges have been filed at this time.

The crash is still under investigation, and crash team members will be working with the Henrico County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office for any potential charges.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call the Henrico Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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