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Family and friends gather to remember Diamonesha Guillory

She was 17 when she died in a pedestrian crash a year ago
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Posted at 10:08 PM, Sep 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-09 12:08:05-04

Family and friends gathered tonight to remember a teen who died a year ago in a hit-and-run crash.

Diamonesha Guillory was just a few days short of her 18th birthday when she was struck by a pick-up truck while leaving a skating rink. She died at the scene, and the driver accused of hitting her drove away, after injuring her boyfriend as well. The man police identified as the driver, Opelousas attorney Brandon Guillory, turned himself in to police later that night and was booked with felony hit-and-run driving.

Kia Obadan, Diamonesha's sister, organized tonight's event.

"She died a year ago today in a hit and run accident," Obadan said. "I just want to get her justice."

Obadan said the event also is aimed at reminding people of what kind of person Diamonesha was.

"We're going to release some balloons, and light some candles for her," Obadan said.

She said she hopes others who have lost someone gain strength from her fight.

"Don't give up. Keep fighting for your loved one," she said. "Get them the justice they deserve."