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Candlelight Vigil to Mark 10th Anniversary of Fatal Hit-and-Run in Enfield

Family and friends of Johnathen Stewart will gather Saturday evening to remember the 19-year-old who was struck and killed in 2002.

Family and friends of Johnathen Stewart will be holding a candlelight vigil Saturday night at the spot the Enfield teenager was discovered after being struck by a hit-and-run driver exactly 10 years ago.

Stewart, 19, was walking home from a friend's house in the early morning hours of Nov. 17, 2002. A driver traveling on Route 5 near Fairview Avenue saw Stewart lying unconscious on the side of the roadway around 6 a.m. that morning, and called police.

Officers administered CPR to Stewart before he was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where he died late the following night.

A police reconstruction and analysis of paint chips stuck to Stewart's clothing determined the young man was struck by a red 1987 Jeep Cherokee sometime between 2 and 6 a.m.

Despite an exhaustive investigation and rewards offered for information leading to the driver's identity, no suspect has ever been found.

Bambi York, Stewart's sister, wrote to Enfield Patch: "We are having a candlelight vigil for Johnathen Stewart at his memorial spot on the 10th year anniversary of his death. We are trying to make this big again and brought back up; we want it to spread and hopefully end up in the responsible person's hand. We were informed that this was an intentional act on my brother, and the person is still living their life while they took Johnathen's."

York indicated a great number of people have said they plan to attend the vigil, which is scheduled to begin around 6 p.m.

For more information, email bambiyork4242@hotmail.com.

DNelson November 16, 2012 at 08:11 PM
don't worry!! He will be found and hell wish he wasn't stupid enough to comment on here!!
Megan Bard November 16, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Folks, If you want to post on this site you cannot use profanity. Please abide by the Patch Terms of Use if you want to participate in the discussion. Megan
bambi November 24, 2012 at 01:08 AM
@Cypher i cry everyday, john wasnt a piece of garbage he was a human being, he was a BROTHER, a father figure to his lil sister who didnt have a dad, he was a son, a nephew a grandson, if you have anyone that means the world to you i pray nothing bad happens to them bc the pain i feel everyday for my brother is nothing i wish on someone, all bc of a bag of weed. you took a life from so many that needed him, he wasnt a loser or scumbag, YOU are, no one could call john a scumbag unless they didnt know him.. HES GONE and your laughing about it. Thats peer evil no heart or soul. such a shame.. May you receive all that you deserve in life which is not a life.. btw you will be found!! I wont stop til the day i die..
kellyg December 05, 2012 at 08:49 PM
wow cypher. no heart. no soul. KARMA. what goes around comes around.
Megan Twining February 09, 2013 at 12:33 AM
CYPHER YOU ARE THE BIGGEST LOSER, PUNK, PUSXY, WANNA BE. THE FUNNIEST THING IS YOU SIT BEHIND YO COMPUTER HAHA TRYING TO BE TOUGH!! I BET ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY YOU ARE A SCARED WANNA BE AND WILL NEVER SHOW YOUR FACE LIKE A MAN WOULD. EVERYONE KNOW THAT EVRNTUALL IT WILL COME OUT CAUSE OF IDIOTS LIKE CYPHER. BUT THEN SGA WE SHOULD THANK THIS FOOL CAUSE EVENTUALLY THESE WANNA BE'S WILL GIVE IT AWAY:)) JOHN PLEASE CONTINUE TO EST IN PEACE, GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY. Megan

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