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Hit and run victim remembered

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Family, classmates and neighbors are pleading for a hit and run driver to come forward.

Tommy Wheaton, Jr., 17, was killed Sunday night when he was hit by a speeding car in a friend's yard.

As Wheaton's mother pleads for the driver to turn himself in witnesses are giving more information on her son's killer.

Wheaton, Jr. was hit on Archer Avenue.

He was set to begin his junior year at Jim Hill High School Monday. 

Classmates and neighbors have turned the site of his death into a makeshift memorial.

His mother says she had encouraged her son to join JROTC because she had been a member. 

She didn't know what his plans were until his death.

"In his wallet he had his schedule, and he had JROTC on there," Katie Courtney said. "And I said my son he actually joined JROTC."

Family members, classmates and neighbors met at the site of Wheaton's death for a candle light vigil Wednesday evening.

His mother says she is still trying to deal with her son's death and the senseless way he lost his life.

"Today I went to do his funeral arrangements today. Its just, we're still looking for him to come home you know", Courtney said.

"Tommy was a very inspirational person," said Dominique Lee who organized the vigil. "Like when you were having a bad day he always had some sort of joke to tell to make you laugh or smile."

Witnesses now say the car that hit Wheaton was driven by a Hispanic male who was speeding through the neighborhood in a white Cadillac going about 90 miles per hour.

"You should feel some kind of guilt for what you have done," Courtney said. "You have took someone very wonderful from a lot of people."

Students plan to hold another candlelight vigil on the Jim Hill High School campus Thursday evening at 6:00pm.

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