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Vigil held for Spanish Fork teen killed in hit-and-run

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Posted at 10:15 PM, Jul 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-17 00:15:14-04

SPANISH FORK, Utah -- The friends and family of a Spanish Fork teenager killed in a hit-and-run over the weekend remembered him Tuesday night with a vigil.

Nathan Haun,17, was found dead in the middle of a road early Saturday morning. Holding candles, his loved ones filled a park in Spanish Fork to pay their respects.

Preston Haun, Nathan’s father, said his son’s friends came out to support them.

“He does have support of friends,” he said. “There are lots of friends out there that want to know what happened, also, and are really upset. I wish he would have been with those friends that night. I think it would have made a difference.”

In the days since the teenager was killed, his father’s pleas for justice have been met with a deafening silence from the people he believes know what happened to Nathan.

Haun said: “It’s horrible. There are no words to express that. Just not knowing what happened to your kid is, yeah, horrible.”

Nathan Haun was struck and killed along West Arrowhead Trail between Payson and Salem following a night of partying in Payson with a group of teenagers, who now all refuse to talk to police. Police believe the 17 year old was walking home when an SUV or pickup truck plowed into him, killing him instantly.

“If you know what happened, come out and tell us,” Haun said.

The Utah County Sheriff’s Office is offering up to a $5,000 reward for any information on the case. Authorities are currently enhancing images from surveillance video of the street.

Sgt. Spencer Cannon, Utah County Sheriff’s Office, said they are also looking into the vehicles belonging to any of the teens they know were at either of the parties in Payson Friday night.