Family searching for answers one year after hit and run killed their Marine

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OKLAHOMA CITY - “We all want to know why," said Shannon Wells. "Why’d you hit him and just keep going?  Why didn’t you stop?”

Her brother, Richard Wells, was discovered along the side of I-44 near May last Nov. 23.

He had been hit by a car, but whoever did it never looked back.

“You cut short a person who proudly served his country," said his mom, Gloria Torralba. "He would’ve gave the shirt off his back to anybody that needed it. He was that kind."

Richard was a former Marine.

He had a funeral with military honors and was laid to rest at the Rock Spring Wichita Tribal Cemetery near Anadarko.

His mom and sister believe he was on his way home for the holidays last year when he was killed.

“He didn’t have a car, so he pretty much walked wherever he had to go,” Shannon said.

Highway patrol officials had little to go on in the investigation.

Someone driving by after the fact discovered the body.

His mom said she forgives whoever did this, but having some answers would help.

“I keep waking up, especially around 3, because that’s about when he got hit," Torralba said. "I’d like to be able to have a good night’s sleep."

His family said the holidays will be painful - their second Thanksgiving and Christmas without Richard.

“While they’re celebrating their holidays with no worries, we’re here hurting still, wondering who it was and why they did it and why couldn’t they have called for help,” Shannon said.

Highway patrol officials said they have a very brief description of a suspect car: a maroon Crown Victoria, but they’re unsure of the year.

If you have any information, give highway patrol a call.

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