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Family of boy killed in carjacking prepare for heartbreaking Christmas

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Donovan Turnage (left) Donovan Turnage (left)
WANTED: Rockie Douglas, 34. WANTED: Rockie Douglas, 34.
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The gifts are under the tree and wrapped for an 11-year-old boy who told his parents he wanted a flat screen television and a tablet for Christmas. But, Donovan Turnage won't be able to open those presents. He was killed Saturday afternoon in a hit-and-run.

While the investigation continues, a vigil was held Monday evening at Donovan's school.

"The first time I met him, I was probably hollering about something silly and he stuck his hand out and said ‘nice to meet you, Mr. Byron' and I said ‘what is this kid doing?'" Morrill Elementary principal Michael Beyer remembers of Donovan.

Students and staff at Morrill Math and Science school say out of 800 students, just about everyone knew Donovan Turnage – the 5th grader who always had something funny to say. But, after Saturday's hit-and-run, that laughter has been silenced and there will be an empty seat in the classroom.

 "I just went to go view his body and sign the papers and have him released so he can go to the funeral home," Donovan's father says.

Donovan's father Derrick Turnage says this is not how he had planned on spending Christmas week off with his son. He and his two boys were going for a Christmas haircut on Saturday, when their car was hit on the side, throwing the 11-year-old out of the vehicle.

Police say the driver of the vehicle that struck the Turnage family at 55th and Halsted was driving a stolen van which was taken Friday morning on Chicago's North Side.

That man, Rockie Douglas, is now wanted by local, state and federal law enforcement agents. He's still at large and the Turnage family says the suspect needs to be behind bars.

"I just want him to know that he took something very special to me that I can never have back and if he turned himself in we'd really appreciate that," says Annette Mayfield-Turnage, Donovan's mother.

"Just turn yourself in," pleads Derrick Turnage. "Don't make it worse than what it is. You know, my child gone....I ain't gone see him no more."

Funeral arrangements are pending for Donovan Turnage.

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