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Teen Killed in Hit-and-Run on Santo Road in Tierrasanta Identified

Some of the teen's last words were that his "heart was happy," according to his funeral page.

The teenager struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Tierrasanta last Thursday was identified.

Alex M. Funk, age 16, was walking along Santo Road near Antigua Boulevard just before midnight with a friend, when he was hit by an oncoming vehicle.

Funk was a beloved son and brother, cherished by his family and friends, according to his Legacy Funeral Care page. He was born in Sacramento, where he used to volunteer at the local food bank before moving with his family to San Diego last year.

As a sophomore student at Serra High School, he enjoyed spending time with friends and pursuing his many interests. Funk liked playing with his dog T2, riding his bike and scooter, creating poetry and music, drawing and joking around with his family, according to the page.

"Alex's light was bright, a beckon to many," said a statement on the funeral page. "Some of his last words were that his 'heart was happy,' a phrase that he would share with loved ones throughout his life."

Principal Erica Renfree at Serra High School says the school will hold a moment of silence 10 minutes before their period 1 bell on Monday. Staff will talk to students and address their feelings of grief. 

"This is a huge loss for not only Serra but for the Tierrasanta community," said Renfree, in a statement. "Our hearts go out to not only the Funk family but also the family of the student who witnessed the accident."

His family is planning his funeral service at the Good Samaritan Church on Mar. 25 at 11 a.m. They would like plants such as lavender, citrus, roses and rosemary to finish the "smells like home (Sacramento) garden" he was working on planting with his mother.

No arrests have been made since the driver failed to stop at the scene, continuing to travel southbound on Santo Road.

The teens were walking in the road, instead of using a crosswalk, according to police. One boy, also age 16, was able to jump onto the median and out of the way.

The suspect's vehicle was described as a dark colored Ford Taurus with front-end damage to the passenger side, San Diego police said.

The neighborhood is located south of State Route 52 and east of Interstate 15. Anyone with information on this case can call Crime Stoppers at 1(888)580-8477.

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