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15-Year-Old Bicyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run in Natomas

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NATOMAS -- A 15-year-old bicyclist is dead following a hit-and-run crash in Natomas on Thursday night.

Jamari Julian Moore was killed as a result of the crash, which happened just before 8:30 p.m. near El Centro Road and Leona Circle.

Moore's grandfather, Clarence Haynes, attended his grandson's memorial Saturday.

"I walked the walk alone because my family is so distraught right now," Haynes said. "I told them I would be their strength. Of course the tears, you can't hold them back."

District 1 Councilmember Angelique Ashby reports Moore was a student at Inderkum High School.

"My understanding is he was a popular, well-liked kid," said Tim Sanders with Natomas Unified School District. "I know there's a lot of sadness at Inderkum today."

Sacramento police and CHP have recovered the suspect vehicle, a 2006 blue Buick LaCrosse. The car was found on Venture Oaks Way by a citizen who called it in to CHP a little after 5 a.m. Friday. It was about 3 miles from the scene of the accident.

The vehicle had reportedly been stolen following a carjacking at a Safeway in Del Paso Heights around 8 p.m.

A mirror that was torn off in the crash and left at the scene matched the damage to the car officials were able to locate.

Police are still searching for the driver.

"I encourage you, come in now, do not avoid us, because we're going to find you," said Chad Hertzell of CHP North Sacramento.

Stay with FOX40 and for updates on this developing story.