7th grader killed in hit-and-run; family wants justice

Credit: WKRG

Devon Spencer, 12, and a friend were walking to school on the morning of February 11th, 2016 when they were struck from behind by a car. The car that hit the boys did not stop. The friend suffered minor injuries and survived. Devon sustained significant head trauma and died five days later at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

Detria Harris, Devon’s cousin, says he was dearly loved, “Devon was smart. He was witty, he was kind and compassionate. He was full of hope. He was loved more than anything, he was loved.”

Harris says the family is trying to figure out how to live life without Devon, “This new normal for us is one that is going to take forever to get used to- a life without Devon.

A memorial sits on the side of the road where Devon was hit.

So far, no one has been charged with hitting and killing Devon Spencer and his family is concerned that a proper investigation has not been conducted. Harris said, “There hasn’t been an adequate investigation on behalf of Devon.”

The East Brewton Police Department has released very few details surrounding the case.

Family members say that no one from the East Brewton Police Department came to the hospital to check on Devon or to get any information from the doctors who treated Devon.

Since the accident, nearly a month ago, family members have been unable to get any answers from police. Harris says they are frustrated that no one has been held responsible for Devon’s death, “How could this happen? It wasn’t a puppy, it wasn’t a cat, it wasn’t a mailbox- it was Devon.”

The family decided to take justice into their own hands by way of a Facebook Page called Justice 4 Devon.


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