WEST END, N.C. (WNCN) – The family of a Moore County man killed in a May 20 hit-and-run gathered Friday to pray for justice.
Steven Markel McGregor , 23, was walking to his job at McDonald’s when he was hit by a vehicle and killed on North Carolina Route 211 in front of West End Elementary School.
Dozens gathered Friday near the spot where McGregor’s body was found to remember him.
“It’s so tough. There are no words. It was just so unexpected,” said Lasha Ruff, the victim’s sister.
Rumors saying the driver involved would not face began to circulate on social media in recent days.
The rumors became so widespread that on Friday the North Carolina State Highway Patrol took notice.
Sgt. Stephen Fortner said those rumors are false and the incident is still very much under investigation, the Aberdeen Times reported.
The family said McGregor’s shift started at 5 a.m. and that he always walked or rode his bike to work. He was saving money to buy a truck.
Officials said McGregor was hit and thrown into a fence in front of the school. McGregor’s cousin found Steven’s body around 6 a.m.
The vehicle officials said was involved in the incident was located and seized in the days following McGregor’s death.
The identification of the suspected driver has not been released by law enforcement pending the completion of the criminal investigation.