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DNA Identifies Fatal Hit-and-Run Victim as Missing Fort Worth Teen

Family hoping someone will come forward with information that'll help identify the driver responsible for the boy's death

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The family of a North Texas teenager killed in a fatal hit-and-run is hoping someone will come forward and identify the driver responsible.

Israel Hernandez, 13, was last seen leaving his family's west Fort Worth home at about 7:40 p.m. on Nov. 9.

In the days following his disappearance, family members said the boy didn't run away and they searched the area, passed out flyers, and reached out to community members while trying to find him.

On Nov. 16, the family said Fort Worth Police asked them for DNA and dental records after a body was found that morning by workers with the Texas Department of Transportation.

The dental records supplied by the family were inconclusive, however, the family's DNA was confirmed to be a match for the body on Dec. 2.

The family said investigators with the police department flew over the area on Nov. 15 but didn't see the body where it was found by road crews on Nov. 16. Because of that, police believe the boy was struck along the 9600 block of West Freeway late on Nov. 15 or early Nov. 16.

Now three weeks later, his family still has no answers. Police said there are no substantial leads.

"Someone out there knows this person. Please, justice for my grandson. For my daughter’s son. For our nephew. Please," said his grandmother, Camy Vera.

The news of Hernandez's death rocked his family and friends who had come together hoping and praying for the best possible outcome.

"We had about 300 people out in attendance coming together to bring Israel Ethan home," said his aunt Kristy Day. "We have him home, now we want answers."

The family and police are asking anyone who knows anything about the hit-and-run to come forward. Anyone with information can call 817-392-4885 and should reference Report #220090420.

A GoFundMe has been established to help the family cover the costs of Hernandez's memorial and funeral services.

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The family of Israel Hernandez, who was killed in an unsolved hit-and-run last month, is asking for someone to come forward with information in the case.
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