Friends, Family Remember Earl Youngs

Friends, Family Remember Earl Youngs

A candlelight vigil was held for 20-year-old Earl Youngs who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while walking along Route 11 in Great Bend Township.
Hallstead, Susquehanna County -  Friends and family gathered in Hallstead Friday night in remembrance of a man who was hit and killed Wednesday morning in Susquehanna County.

A candlelight vigil was held for 20-year-old Earl Youngs who was struck and killed by a hit and run driver while walking along Route 11 in Great Bend Township.

Friends and family who were at the vigil agreed that Youngs had been taken from them too soon.

They also pleaded for the person responsible for his death to come forward and turn themselves in.

"He was the greatest kid I knew in this town," Richard Wega, one of Youngs friends said. "And there are some great kids in this town. A senseless tragedy is what took his life."

Candles enshrined with the name Earl lit Franklin park in Hallstead as family and friends gathered to remember the memories they shared with 20-year-old Earl Youngs.

"I'm glad that right before he walked out the door I told him I loved him," Youngs' cousin, Jessica Youngs, said.

Youngs went for a walk early Wednesday morning along Route 11 in Great Bend Township. That's when police say he was hit by a person driving a 2002 Jeep Liberty.

Witnesses claim the driver stopped, looked at what happened, and then took off.

Those who spoke at Friday night's vigil said Youngs was a person who kept his friends and family close.

"Earl had a very caring and loving side," Youngs' uncle, Chris Young, said. "He loved his family and I know he loved his friends."

Jessica Muzzy said Earl, who she affectionately called squirrel, was her best friend. She said losing him hasn't been easy.

"He was one of the most fun loving guys," she said. "He had the biggest heart. He always wanted to make people laugh. He was always smiling. He was a really great kid."   

Earl's father, Earl Youngs, was also at the vigil.

"I wish I could have my son back, but there's no way that's possible," he said. "This is harder than anything I've ever put up with."

Friends lit of a lantern filled with personal letters for Youngs.

Young's fiance', Alyssa Wright, said the support she's gotten since his death has been helpful. However, she also had a message for the person responsible for his death.

"I would tell them to be ashamed of themselves," she said. "I understand that accidents happen, but knowing that you hit him and left him there is inexcusable."

A second vigil is set for Sunday night at 7 pm. That vigil will take place at Franklin Park, which is on Franklin Avenue in Hallstead.
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