PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) – A Petersburg family is mourning the loss of 7-year-old Tarlek Neal.
They held a candle light vigil on East Washington Street Saturday night to remember the little boy they say leaves a big hole in their hearts.
Tarlek Neal was struck by a car Wednesday while chasing a ball. He later died at a hospital.
Nikki Neal, a family member, could not hold back the tears.
“I thank the person for stopping who hit him but at the same time we are hurting,” said Nikki Neal. “We are hurting every day. We are going to be hurting every day trying to get over it.”
Family and friends held up candles and sang songs remembering the child they say made everyone smile. Some family members even wrote their names on the little boy’s toys.
Chance Neal, Tarlek’s cousin could keep from crying.
“It was his birthday a couple weeks ago. It is just crazy,” Chance Neal said.
The family says they understand accidents happen but a simple apology, from the man who hit Tarlek, would help mend their hearts.
“He has not reached out to the family to let us know he is sorry. Everyone has seen him except for the family,” said Nikki Neal.
A funeral will be held for the little boy next week.