Father of two-year-old tragically dies in hit and run

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Adrian “A.J.” Campbell’s relatives are finding it hard to accept that he is truly gone.

His mother, Hortense Anderson said fighting tears: “I’m not leaving here until my child wake[s] up. He never did. He never did. He never did.”

After injuries sustained a week ago in the city’s Avalon Park neighboorhood, the 29-year old father of a 2-year-old boy did pull through. According to police, at about 10:30 p.m., Campbell was riding his motorcycle on Friday, Sept. 22, when a vehicle turning left at East 79th Street and South South Chicago Avenue struck him.

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His family says they were informed the vehicle was a white sedan with two women inside.

Nena Porter, cousin, said: “They knew they hit him because they stopped. And then they drove off. And then they drove off. They knew they hit him,”.

“You knew you hit him, stopped, and you kept going like he was a piece of board in the street,” said Hortense Campbell, his aunt.

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The man’s family said he was not only a dancer and actor but a father, and fatherhood always came first. The family also have a message to the people who left him dying in the street.

“God sees everything,” said Porter. “And we’re going to find you, and you’re going to pay.”

The relatives of the A.J. are praying the surveillance cameras at the scene of the crim will reveal and help identify the driver but they are requesting the public to come forward with the pertinent information.

“Just turn yourself in, please. It’s hard. I’m going through a lot,” pleaded Anderson.

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