Vigil marks anniversary of couple killed by hit-and-run driver in Tucson

Updated: May. 20, 2018 at 10:48 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - They gathered together, hand-in-hand, to give each other words of encouragement at the intersection where their loved ones were killed.

David and Joanne Berg, both 62 years old, were killed May 20, 2017, when they were hit by a driver in another vehicle.

Tucson Police Department officers said the driver and passenger both ran off from the scene and have not been found. One year later, family and friends are valiantly making sure David and Joanne's names are not forgotten.

You can see the signs of love on the corner of S. Park Avenue and Drexel Road, near where the Berg's were killed. Two blue crosses mark the intersection where they died, with small mementos placed at the memorial.

"We keep angels here because they're our angels now," said Joanne's daughter, Anjelica Stahlman.

Stahlman said she gets emotional thinking about the area

"We grew up in this neighborhood. My parents lived two minutes away from this street. They didn't make it two minutes away from their house," she said.

Her brother said the last year has been difficult as memories pop up.

"When our birthdays come up, when the grandchildren's birthdays come up, you think where's grandma and grandpa? They're not there. That is some of the hardest parts to deal with," said Joanne's son, Shane Stahlman.

Those same emotions remain, as family and friends held a candlelight vigil to mark the anniversary of David and Joanne's death. They showed up to share in the grief that Anjelica still feels a year later.

"I feel hurt. I feel angry. Every day is a constant reminder that I will never see my parents again. Especially when I see this," she said, pointing at the roadside memorial.

Officers were able to find the suspect's car at the scene but were unable to find the suspects involved. If you know anything about who they are or where they might be you can call 88-CRIME to anonymously report that information. A reward is out for details that help lead to an arrest.

David and Joanne's children have a hard time believing time heals all wounds, when that piece of the crime puzzle is missing.

"I'm sure that no matter what time it gets it doesn't bring them back," Shane said. "That doesn't ever fix what happened here."

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