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Who killed Joshua? Family asks for help identifying Santa Ana hit-and-run driver, offers reward – Orange County Register

Family and friends gathered Tuesday for a candlelight vigil, honoring the life of Joshua Cervantes, 21, of Tustin, who was killed exactly a year ago in a hit-and-run in Santa Ana. No suspects have yet been identified in this case.

The fatal hit-and-run occurred around 2 a.m. in a residential area of ​​Santa Ana, at 506 West Street Gertrude Place. Cervantes and her friend Amber Khan, 24, of Tustin, left a house party and had been standing next to a car for a few minutes when the hit-and-run happened, Khan said. She suffered multiple injuries and was hospitalized for three days.

Her friend Joshua, whom she had known since her sophomore year of high school and considered one of her best friends, died from his injuries. Despite attempts to reach detectives, Khan said she had given up hope of receiving an update from police.

Police said the two men were struck by an SUV heading west and the driver fled before authorities arrived. According to Cervantes’ mother, Francés Morga, 57, of Tustin, police obtained surveillance footage from neighbors that captured a side angle of the car, but no further progress was made in identifying a suspect.

A spokesperson for the Santa Ana Police Department could not be reached for comment.

“I don’t feel like I’ll have peace until he gets justice and this person is arrested,” Morga said. “The driver is still there and could hurt someone else.”

High school graduation photo of Joshua Cervantes. (Courtesy of Francés Morga)

Described as an artist full of dreams, Cervantes had previously studied art at Irvine Valley College and hoped to visit Japan and New York. He considered singer-songwriter Patti Smith one of his idols and enjoyed reading comics created by Japanese manga artist Junjo Ito.

The family is offering between $15,000 and $30,000 to anyone who can provide a tip leading to the attacker’s arrest and conviction.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to contact Santa Ana Police Inv. L. Bao at 714-245-8223 or submit a tip to OC Crime Stoppers at 1-855-847-6227.

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