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Family, friends gather to remember Garner man killed in hit-and-run crash

Posted September 30, 2018 11:25 p.m. EDT
Updated September 30, 2018 11:30 p.m. EDT

— It has been months since David Abowd was killed in a hit-and-run crash on U.S. Highway 70 underneath the Vandora Springs Road overpass, but no arrests have been made.

Despite the lack of clues, family and friends traveled from all over the country to celebrate Abowd's life on Sunday in Garner.

They said they chose the last weekend in September because it was special to him.

"We're back here because this is the bluegrass festival and Carolina in the fall," said Rosemary Abowd Schwendler, David's sister. "David was a part of both of those and it was an important part of his life, and so he always wanted us to come and join him."

Family and friends spent the day on Saturday walking around the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh.

"Yesterday while we were walking around the festival you could just feel him," said Abowd Schwendler.

Friends said Abowd was a giver. He volunteered his time and talent playing guitar for a Raleigh homeless ministry.

"David enjoyed singing, playing, making people happy. He enjoyed serving the less fortunate in any way that he could and he was a giver," said Reverend Phillip Brickle.

While family and friends honored his life and love for music, there are still questions that exist about how Abowd died.

"In my heart I pray for the person too," Abowd Schwendler said.

The driver has still not come forward.

"I sometimes feel very sorry for whoever that was because what would be going on in your life that was so bad that that was teh decision you made?," she said.

Investigators only have the grill of a Chrysler 300, they say is linked to the crash. Police are also offering a reward for information that leads to the identity of the driver.