Anthony Hofer was found on the side of Heritage Road in Chula Vista on August 27, 2015. A year later there have been no new leads or arrests in the case.
"It’s been a hard year,” Anthony’s mother Stacy Hofer said. “But we're here to celebrate him and get the word out and the flyers out that we want to find who did this."
On the anniversary of the 17-year-old’s death, family and friends marked the tragedy with a prayer. They remembered his infectious laugh and the way he used to light up a room.
"[Whenever you saw] his mischievous smile…you knew he was going to say something funny…It was always fun to have a friend like him to hang out with,” Hofer’s friend, Xavier Sanchez, said.
Hofer's family has not given up hope on finding out what happened to him.
"We want some sort of closure and justice for him, and that's why we're all here today,” his mother told NBC 7.
Homicide investigators believe Hofer may have been the victim of a hit-and-run. He had trauma on his face and other parts of his body. Detectives said he wasn’t wearing shoes or socks when his body was found.
His family is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone with any information leading to an arrest.