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Mother of hit and run victim wants the missing dog her son defended before his death

Mother of hit and run victim wants dog her son defended before his death (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) One week after her son was killed by a hit and run driver, Judy Crocker went to the site where he was killed after trying to defend a little dog from a beating.

"It's been hard. I lost my only son," said Crocker.

Crocker and friends of her son Jeremy Hardman gathered at 3100 West 4600 South in West Valley to release balloons in his memory.

Among the crowd were Hardman's beloved dogs Max and Emma. Crocker couldn't keep the dogs so she was thrilled that one of Jeremy's friends took them into her home.

"I knew Jeremy would want them to go to friends or family so I knew right away I had to take them," said Lori Lloyd , Jeremy's high school friend.

While Crocker is happy about a new home for her son's dogs, her heart still aches for the little dog that her son tried to rescue right before he died.

West Valley Police spokesperson Roxanne Vainuku said officers were told by the suspect after his arrest, that the dog went back to his friend who owns it.

Officers went looking but found neither the dog nor the owner.

West Valley Animal Services officers are now assisting police in trying to locate the dog believed to be a chihuahua mix.

Crocker hopes the dog is found soon.

"It's what my son gave his life defending and I would love to have that animal and take it home and show it that there is love from humans," she said.

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