Mother makes public plea as police search for hit-and-run driver

PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) A mother is making a public plea to help find the hit-and-run driver who killed her son in West Philadelphia.

Family members say 27-year-old Drexel grad Jamal Morris was a wonderful son, a fun-loving young man whose life was ended by a hit-and-run driver early Saturday morning at 45th and Market.

"As a mom I am pleading with the person who hit my son. I forgive you so you need to know that I forgive you," his mother, Channabel Latham Morris, said.

Family and friends say Morris rode his bright red, 26" bike everywhere. Police believe he was on his bike when he was struck by a car around 3:45 a.m. Rescue workers thought he had been the victim of an assault, then police found Morris' damaged bike and began investigating.

"We really need the public's help and the public has helped out in the past so we're asking them to step up again and help us with this investigation," police said.

His family says Morris graduated from the Drexel's School of Engineering in 2011. He loved Philadelphia so much he stayed here after graduation. He worked for a local engineering company and also worked part time at the Penn gym. 

Jamal's mom last saw her son the week before the crash during a visit to Philadelphia from her NY home. Last August, she took a trip with him to Las Vegas. She says even as her son was dying he gave back, donating his organs to help others.

"Seven people gonna be saved by his life. His organs will be donated to seven individuals so that is huge. So he is going to live on," she said.

His mother would also like to find the person who called the 911 to thank them.


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