• Family, friends hold vigil for father killed in hit-and-run

    By: Eric Philips


    WADESBORO, N.C. - It's been nearly five months since a young father was killed in a hit-and-run in Anson County.

    Investigators still do not have any witnesses and no leads as to who may be behind his tragic death.

    Dozens gathered Saturday not only to remember 31-year-old Demetrick Little, but also to make sure a crime is not forgotten.

    "God knows who did it," his mother, Vanessa Little, said. "He's got his eye on you and you won't get away."

    Troopers said on Aug. 4, Little was crossing U.S. Highway 52 in front of his mother's home in Wadesboro when he was struck by a car and killed instantly.

    The driver kept going while Little's mother was inside the home.

    "And the first thing I did, I couldn't go out there right then," his mother said. "I got up and ran into his room and I looked at his clothes. I looked at his shoes. I looked at his bed and all I could say was 'Lord, Lord, Lord my baby.'"

    Known as "Meatball," Little was the father of a 5-year-old son and helped his mother take care of his disabled sister.
    The family is trying not to let this case go cold.

    Loved ones admit it's tough to keep fighting while mourning a loss that's never had closure, and that is why they also keep praying.

    "With the help of the Lord, I'm going to make it somehow," Vanessa Little said.

    Little's mother said Saturday's vigil was also for other young men in that community who have lost their lives senselessly.

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