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Friends speak out after man killed in hit-and-run

HOUSTON – Alex Hill was hit and killed while walking across Westheimer Road at Taft late Thursday night. Houston police said the driver who killed Hill ran a red light and left the scene of the crash.

Hill, 21, was new to Houston. He had just relocated a few months ago from South Carolina. His close friend Landon Chapman said the young man was liked by everyone he met.

"He always had a smile on his face. He would find something in common with everyone and just make them feel loved," Chapman said.

Chapman said his friends got a text message from Hill at 12:17 a.m. Friday and Hill wrote: "I'm walking over now, be there in 10."

That was the last anyone heard from him.

Investigators said the crash happened around 12:30 a.m. and witnesses said the car involved was dark in color.

"One of our friends was reading an article about it and there was a picture of a shoe. There was shoe in it and he instantly recognized it as Alex's shoe and that's when it really sunk in and we knew it was him," Chapman said.

Family and friends are hoping the person who caused this and caused so much pain to Hill's family, turns himself or herself in.

"I think it's horrible and just for the family to have closure and I think it's very important that we do everything we can to find who did it and to the person who did it how horrible of a human being do you have to be to hit somebody and keep going," Chapman said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with funeral costs. As of Tuesday afternoon, more than $10,000 had been raised.