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Vigil held for victim in Coweta Co. hit-and-run
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Vigil held for victim in Coweta Co. hit-and-run

COWETA COUNTY, GA (WXIA) – It was a life cut way too short. A teen walking home from a friend's house when he was hit and killed by a driver in Coweta County.

Wednesday night was a very emotional night for family and friends of 14-year-old Parker Madliak. Hundreds turned out for a vigil at St. George Catholic Church – a service that touched the hearts of everyone there, from the kids to the adults.

"I sit here and look at my kids," said a tearful David Messer, a parent who attended the service. "And I would give my life for them and allow them to live."

Among those at the service, dozens of kids who went to school with Parker at Evans Middle School.

Ironically, it was because of some of the youngsters and Parker's family members checking out social media that authorities were able to track down the suspect in the fatal hit-and-run by a post made on Instagram – saying he had hit what he thought was a deer on the night Parker was killed.

"I called him, and I was like, 'Where did you hit that deer?'" said Parker's brother, Aaron Madliak. "And he told me the exact same spot, the exact same place where that happened. I was like, 'Bro, you didn't hit a deer, you hit my brother.' He asked if he was okay, and I was like, 'You killed him.' That was a hard phone call."

The 17-year-old has talked with investigators in the case. The investigation continues. Funeral arrangements for Parker are still pending.

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