9:47 PM PT
A Cibola High student has died after she was the victim of a hit-and-run.
The family of Mary Rodriguez, 14, is still in shock after her tragic death. One family member said, "Everybody is just having a hard time wrapping their heads around this. It's not easy for a child of 14 years to be gone."
Mary was riding her skateboard South on Avenue B just before 5 a.m. Saturday, when a driver traveling East on 24th Street struck her and then took off.
Mary was flown to a Phoenix hospital where she died late Sunday night.
Nena Garcia is Mary's aunt. She says Mary's mother wants the community to know the kind heart Mary had.
"Let them know, she was always trying to save birds with broken wings or dogs that didn't have a home or a cat with a broken heart. She was always trying to save the world. Let them know," she said.
All the family want's now is for the person responsible to come forward.
Garcia said, "It's hard for us to even imagine that somebody can do this to a human being, let alone a child and we're begging this person to please come forward. Turn yourself in. Maybe you're scared and maybe it's something that's not easy to do knowing that you took someone's life but...Do the right thing."
The vehicle involved in this hit-and-run is described as a light-colored four-door Nissan Altima, possibly a 2002 to 2006 model year.
The car should have noticeable damage to the front left corner.
If you have any information on this case you're urged to contact police at (928) 373-4700 or 78-CRIME immediately.