Family, friends say goodbye to hit, run victim Elijah Taylor

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Funeral services were held Friday for Elijah Taylor the 5-year-old boy killed last week by a hit and run driver.

We spent some time earlier today talking to friends and family members of Elijah Taylor. They left his funeral confident police will find the driver who killed him. But, police say there is nothing new to report in the search for the truck or the man seen driving it away from the scene.

For two hours on Friday the life of Elijah Taylor was celebrated at a highly emotional funeral service in North St. Louis, hundreds attended. Family members say the boy`s mother is still in shock over the loss of her child. He was killed last week in the 3100 block of New Ashland Place in North St. Louis where a memorial stands today, built of toys and well wishes.

A fund has been set up at US Bank under the name Elijah King Taylor. Part of Friday’s funeral was paid for by the rap artist TI. One family member told us there is one particular donation that would be especially helpful to Elijah`s mother.

“If someone out there could help donate some counseling sessions for her and her seven year old daughter Raniyah, his sister, that would be awesome.” said Shavella Huddleston. “We hope that after today and the funeral that they will turn themselves in and have a conscience to turn themselves in.”

Police are looking for a red Ford F-150 truck probably from the early to mid 1990s. It has an extended cab and may have damage to the front end. Anyone with information should call St. Louis City Police or Crimestoppers.

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