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It started on Saturday, March 8.

17 year old Emilio Perez, from Villa Park, IL, was traveling on Interstate 88 when his car ran out of gas.

He got out of his car, and started walking along the road. 

That's when police say Emilio was hit and killed while walking along the roadway. 

The driver drove off and police have been looking for information about the incident since.

Today, Emilio's family spoke out.

A family who wants answers.

"Emilio was my son. He was my boy."

These were the words of Al Perez, Emilio's father.

He choked back tears, while speaking in honor of his son. 

"He had his whole life ahead of him," Al said. "He loved life, loved his friends, loved his community, loved his high school, his teammates, his family."
 
Wednesday, police explained they know Emilio was hit along I88 by a GMV truck, made sometime between 1999-2007, but with a lack of evidence, narrowing down a model is very difficult. 

And without somebody stepping forward, the investigation is nearly at a standstill.

Something Emilio's father and family, isn't ready to accept.

"On behalf of my family and the community back in Villa Park," Al Perez said, "We want to offer a $10,000 reward. If you've seen, a truck or SUV matching this description, if you know who is responsible, please call Crime Stoppers."

State Police says there is still evidence being processed from the crime scene.

A side mirror broke off of the vehicle when Emilio was hit.

Police are also looking for any paint transfers that may be on Emilio's clothes, or video evidence from a state police traffic stop, several miles behind where Emilio was hit.

But the lead investigator on the case believes the person who hit the teen, can and should, step forward. 

"The only person who can tell us what happened is the person who drove away," says Master Sergeant Chris Endress with Illinois State Police. "We are asking that person to come forward and explain what happened. Why they did not stop." 

Endress says the person may not have even known they hit someone, and may not even know anyone is looking for them.

"It is a possibility that this person was traveling cross country to an area where this is not being covered," Endress explains. "We're willing to go as far as we need to go, to get answers for this family."

If you have any information about this case, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers or the Illinois State Police in East Moline. 


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