23-year-old yo-yo champion shot and killed Christmas night

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by Crystal Cruz

azfamily.com

Posted on December 27, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 27 at 7:20 PM

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix Police officers are investigating the death of 23-year-old Nathan Dewitt.

Dewitt's friends from back home in Washington are stunned by the yo-yo champion's tragic death.

A YouTube video posted in June shows Dewitt doing skilled tricks for several minutes in Long Beach.

High school friend David Millenaar spoke to 3TV over the phone.

"He did everything to go out of his way to make you smile and laugh, bring you up, cheer you up. He would have done anything for his friends," said Millenaar.

On Christmas night, Dewitt’s SUV crashed into a tree near 28th street and Union Hills in Phoenix.

The blue 1997 Ford Explorer rolled and witnesses told Phoenix Police officers Dewitt crawled out of the car and said he'd been shot.

"We had a witness in the area who observed this particular collision and went to assist this driver when the driver indicated he had just been shot," said said Steve Martos with the Phoenix Police Department.

"At this point we really don't know much what occurred prior to this collision or where or how this person was shot, possibly at a party. We just don't know," added Martos.

Dewitt died at a local hospital.

Police aren't saying where he was shot.

Investigators said Dewitt lived near the scene of the accident.

3TV stopped by Dewitt's home on Thursday, but no one answered the door.

Friends are leaving goodbye notes on Dewitt’s Facebook page.

One message said, "Nathan buddy...you will always be remembered and may your memory live on inside each and every family member and friend."

The shooter hasn’t been caught.

Call police if you have any information about the accident or shooting.

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