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CLEVELAND -- Hundreds turned out Saturday to remember Israel Thornton, 5, who was struck and killed on his way to the bus Friday morning.

One by one they arrived with balloons, stuffed animals and heavy hearts for a little boy with a big smile.

"Too young to lose his life like this, he's just getting started, so it's hard, very, very hard," said Eunice Code. Code is one of more than 200 family, friends and complete strangers huddled in the cold, shielding candles from the wind, to remember Israel.

The turnout is more than his loved ones ever expected.

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"We are gracious for his school and all the support and love that everyone has been sending, everybody is just so grateful," said Angelique Jennings.

Jennings says her family can't believe Israel is gone. They remember a little boy who loved to dance and was filled with so much life.

"He was very energetic, always had a smile on his face and was loved by so many," said Jennings. The family says words can't describe how much they'll miss that smile.

They can't understand who would take it away, then flee the scene. They're urging that driver to come forward so the family can have some peace and closure.

"I know he came from behind the bus and he just kept going. That was wrong already. Just turn yourself in, seriously, just turn yourself in."

Police are still looking for the driver of a light colored SUV or minivan.

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