PLANT CITY, Fla. -- Hundreds packed St. Clement Catholic Church in Plant City on Saturday for the funeral of Jesus Navarro.
- Hundreds attend teen's funeral
- Jesus Navarro, 13, was killed in a hit-and-run
- FHP is still looking for the driver
Navarro, 13, was hit and killed just after midnight May 6, while walking near his home in Dover. The driver took off.
During the funeral, they held communion and prayed over his soul. The priest stood in front of his family and told them in Spanish the community was there to support them. He also talked about how some in society have stopped valuing the lives of others, and questioned how someone could hit the teen and not call for help.
That night, the teen was with his brother sleeping over a friend’s house, according to his mother, Rosa Lopez. She said he told his brother he wasn’t feeling good and left. Lopez said Jesus’ brother now feels guilty he let his brother leave, and didn’t call home to notify their parents.
Lopez said in Spanish her heart was shattered. She said his death was the worst thing that could happen to a mother.
On Mother’s Day, she said her son would usually hug her and give her a kiss and tell her he loved her. She said was sad she wouldn’t receive that hug and kiss anymore.
She thanked the many families who have assisted them during this time of mourning.
Lopez said she also hopes troopers will figure out who hit her son, before someone else gets hurt.
“All of the children are in danger,” Lopez said in Spanish.
Troopers have taken a pickup truck into custody and are processing it for evidence. Its owner’s lawyer called troopers and told them to pick it up.
Troopers said they’ve been unable to interview the owner, and are now trying to figure out who was behind the wheel at the time of the crash.