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Friends of Adams County teen want public’s help in catching suspects linked to fatal hit and run crash

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ADAMS COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Friends of a teen girl killed in a hit-and-run crash last weekend are planning to honor her life with a candlelight memorial on Saturday.

Samayah Barker, 17, was trapped inside a pickup truck after a crash at the intersection of McKinnie Avenue and Lafayette Street on Sunday.

Three others inside that pickup truck were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said two people in the other vehicle ran away from the scene and remain at large.

Friends are organizing a candlelight memorial for Saturday at 8 p.m. at Berne’s clock tower.

They said they want to honor Samayah, and are hoping the two individuals who ran away from the crime will be found.

“I really am going to push forward and do what she wanted me to do and make my dreams come true because that’s what she would have wanted me to do. She was always boosting me up,” Brianna Bragg, a friend of the victim said.

Fort Wayne Police said they know there was a witness who saw the crash and watched the two people in the other car take off.

Authorities are hoping that witness comes forward.

“It’s definitely upsetting. Everybody is upset and everybody wants justice for her and I really hope she does get justice because she deserves it. She was such an amazing person and she never deserved this,” another friend Alayiah Rodriguez said.

If you know anything about this crime that could be of assistance to investigators you are urged to contact the city detective bureau at 427-1201.

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