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Family and friends remember the life of GCU student one year after death

Posted at 9:21 PM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 01:20:10-04

PHOENIX — Family and friends of a Grand Canyon University student, killed in a hit-and-run near his home, are hoping to see justice in the case as it hits the one year mark.

Taylor White, 21, was jogging with a friend when he was fatally struck by a vehicle while in the crosswalk near 31st Avenue and Camelback Road on April 8th, 2018. Phoenix police released surveillance video from a city bus showing the suspect vehicle, which they later found. To date, the case remains open.

"As a mom, I am absolutely holding out the belief and hope that there will be justice in this case," said Taylor's mother, Angela White.

Taylor White was engaged to be married when the incident occurred. His family, which would have been planning for his graduation in a few weeks, is hoping for an arrest.

"We're still just kind of left with the questions," said Taylor's father, Nate White. "Just kind of carrying that every day still...Taylor died for no reason."

Phoenix police told ABC15 they still need those with key pieces of information to come forward, even though they located the vehicle they believe was involved in the hit-and-run.

"After speaking with the registered owner, the information that we got pointed towards another subject, not the registered owner," said Phoenix Police Sergeant Vince Lewis. "A case was put together, submitted to the county attorney for review. It was kicked back to us on what's called a 'further,' we need a little bit more information."

Phoenix police hope people who have additional tips come forward.

"We're still seeking information, and we believe that information is out there," Sgt. Lewis said.

While the investigation remains open, family and friends continue to hold out hope. Taylor's friends hosted a camping trip this past weekend in his honor.

"He was just hilarious and he just really had an awesome heart for people and could just connect with anyone he ever came in contact with," said Taylor's friend Drew Schwab, who was with him the night of the incident.

Over the past year, friends and family have described Taylor White as an adventurous and outgoing man who perhaps was best known for providing good times and lifelong memories.

"He really did love people, and he cared for people unlike most people ever could," Schwab said.

Despite the many positive memories, family and friends want answers and justice in Taylor's death.

"Honestly, this really sucks," Angela White said. "This really sucks."

You can contact Phoenix police with any tips or information in the case. You can also do so anonymously by contacting Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377)