Family of ASU student who was dragged and killed starts foundation

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by Alicia E. Barrón

azfamily.com

Posted on July 13, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 13 at 5:26 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. – Months after her death, the driver who killed Arizona State University student Kyleigh Sousa is still on the run.

The 21-year old was dragged by a car in May after the driver grabbed her purse and fled the scene near Apache and Mill in Tempe.

Police have received hundreds of tips but say they have not found her killer.

Now her family is reaching out to other families who have lost loved ones by starting the Kyleigh Ann Sousa Memorial Foundation.

It will provide help to families who have been victims of traumatic brain injury or random acts of violence. It will also fund an annual scholarship to ASU and to Sousa's high school in New Jersey.

Kyleigh's brother Bernie Sousa explains, “At that point when you realize the person you love so much is not going to be around, you don't want her name to die out. The person that she was will hopefully live on in other people’s memories."

In the meantime, her family still hopes to find justice. Police released a sketch of the man police say hit and killed Kyleigh. Detectives say he drove a silver Dodge Charger or Chrysler 300.

Silent Witness is offering an $11,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s capture. He is described as a heavy-set Hispanic man in his mid 20s.
 

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