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Memorial held for boy killed by hit-and-run driver

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Friends and family of 2-year-old Christian Glover gathered Tuesday for a memorial in the area where he was struck and killed by a man in a pickup truck who reportedly got out briefly, looked at the boy's body, and then drove off.

On Monday residents gathered to complain about the drivers who speed down N. Claiborne Avenue.

“Slow it down," one resident called out to a driver. "A baby got killed right here last night. Slow it down.”

Police have since stepped up traffic enforcement in the area, according to an NOPD spokesman, who released the following statement.

"Members of the NOPD Traffic Division were stationed today along Claiborne Avenue near the area of where the hit and run incident occurred on Sunday. Officers were out to enforce traffic laws in the area based on complaints from residents. As of 4:00 p.m., officers issued 22 citations for various violations, including but not limited to speeding. I won't have a final breakdown of the violations until tomorrow. Officers will be back out in the area from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m."

 Just after 5 p.m. Sunday, Christian and his mom were outside of their home on the front porch.“He had a toy and he threw it. I knew the street was clear, but I still ran after him. The car was speeding and the it just hit him,” said Albertaeasha Glover.

Albertaesha said the driver did stop and got out of his pickup truck.

“He didn't say anything. He got out of his car and just stood there. He got back into his car and drove off,” she said.

Just moments after the driver sped away from the scene, Glover picked the boy up.

“I was holding my baby, and I think his neck was broken because he was just leaning back. His eyes were everywhere and he was bleeding from his mouth. I was praying and hoping he'd be ok,” she said.

The toddler was rushed to University Hospital where his grandmother, Lamaka Randle showed up in a panic.

“I went outside to get some air, and when I came back, they told me he was gone. I can't get that. He never did nobody nothing,” Randle said.

While dealing with the tragic loss, she also struggles to understand the driver's actions just after he hit the toddler.

“He got out the car and just looked at him. I don't know if he drug him and had to pull him from under the car or what, but they say he just looked at him, got into his car and left,” Randle said.

“We did not find any brake marks or skid marks relevant to this case,” said Lt. Anthony Michoud.

As the NOPD investigates, they're hoping a surveillance picture will help catch the driver.

“We were able to get some still shots and video of the truck heading towards Franklin Avenue on North Claiborne,” Michoud said.

“You looked over him and didn't do anything. No remorse or anything. He needs to come forward. He really does,” Randle said.

While the family says it's difficult to even think about life without little Christian, they hope the man who hit him turns himself in to police.

The Lamaka Randle Christian Glover memorial fund has been established at Capital One Bank

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