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*Update: The Missouri State Highway Patrol said they have located the suspect vehicle. They are still looking for the driver.

CASS COUNTY, Mo. -- The family of a Cass County teen is desperate for answers about the deadly hit-and-run crash that claimed his life Sunday night around 9 p.m.

Gavin Kush, 15, was walking with his best friend along Highway D near Highway OO, heading toward a family member's house when he was struck. His loved ones are now hoping someone who knows who did it will come forward.

"Gavin`s probably the most gentle person you could be around. He was so funny and talented," said Jordan Moles, Gavin's sister.

Jordan Moles is still trying to grasp that her baby brother is gone. The gifted artist was involved in FFA and about to begin his sophomore year at Drexel High School.

Gavin Kush

State troopers said Gavin's best friend watched as a car came at them while they walked along Highway D, just outside Drexel. The driver hit Gavin, launching him into a ditch and kept going. Gavin was taken to an area hospital, where he died.

"He was just a child. It`s inhuman. How could you not stop or feel anything?" Moles said.

Sadly, this pain is familiar to the Moles family.

Nearly seven years ago, Jordan and Gavin's older brother Chris was killed following a rollover crash. Then, and now, the family's been overwhelmed by support from Drexel and surrounding communities.

"They're known for that. Any tragedy that`s ever happened around here, this town pulls anybody through it," Moles said.

Sydney Admire is one of those lending support because she too knows exactly what it feels like to lose a sibling.

"Back in September of 2016, I lost my older sister to a drunk driving accident. One of the communities around us that helped the most was Drexel. We received a lot of outpouring prayers and support," Admire said.

She had a box of leftover lanyards used for a fundraiser when her sister died and decided to put them to good use. She's now selling them for $5 a piece, with all proceeds going to Gavin's family.

"If I could, I would take away the pain for the Moles family, but I can`t really do that. So the least I can do is try to help them with funeral costs and all the other expenses they're going to have to deal with," Admire said.

Those who knew and loved Gavin are grateful for the support, and now just hope whoever is responsible for killing him will turn themselves in.

"Just come forward. It wasn't fair. Gavin deserves all the justice," Moles said.

The car that hit Gavin is thought to be a dark red or maroon Hyundai. It`s going to have damage to a side mirror and a busted headlight. If you have any information that can help locate the vehicle or driver, contact Missouri Highway Patrol or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Gavin Kush

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