Dozens attend vigil for 18-year-old Jordan Sprouse who was killed in a hit and run Friday night

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. - About 100 people attended a candlelight vigil to remember the teenager killed in Friday night's hit-and-run crash in Wheat Ridge.

Family confirmed 18-year-old Jordan Sprouse was killed when a man crashed into Sprouse's car and another vehicle at West 32nd Avenue and Kipling Street Friday night.

Police said the driver, 23-year-old Alton Kirkland was speeding down the street with a woman and two children in his car when he hit the two vehicles and then got out and ran. The women and children were taken to the hospital but have since been released.

"To get this news was overwhelming beyond what you would expect as a parent," said Jordan's father, Jamie Sprouse.

Sprouse said while he is heartbroken, he also couldn't be more proud of the son he's now forced to bury.
"Deep down [he] was just a very sensitive, very respectful young man in a lot of ways, especially to adults and the people that matter in society, so I was proud of that," Jamie Sprouse said.
Friends set up a large cross surrounded by candles at the intersection where Jordan died. The 18 year old was weeks away from graduating high school and just beginning to see his life and all its possibilities.
"I'm so proud of him, we had like six conversations yesterday. He was dead set on joining the service. He hadn't decided which one but he felt like that was a good course for his life right now," his father said.
Jordan's sister called him an incredible brother who was a gifted rapper and musician.
"I used to sit outside the shower while he was in the shower because that's the only time you could catch him singing, really singing," Morgan Sprouse said.
Friends who worked with the teen said he was a quiet jokester with a kind heart. His father said he will use the lessons he taught his son to forgive the man who took him away.
"You need forgiveness to go on in life. I taught my son that," his father said.
The driver, Alton Kirkland faces charges of vehicular homicide and menacing.


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