Police ID teen killed in hit-and-run while walking on DeKalb road

15-year-old attended McNair High School

DeKalb County police are searching for a driver who struck and killed a 15-year-old boy early Wednesday near a Decatur-area apartment complex.

The teenager, identified as Quartez Mender, was walking near the entrance of the Orchard Walk Apartments on Flat Shoals Parkway when he was struck by the vehicle about 2 a.m., DeKalb police spokeswoman Michaela Vincent said Wednesday morning.

The driver of the car fled the scene, authorities said. Police have not released a description of the vehicle, which investigators believe has damage to the front passenger side.

The DeKalb County School District confirmed that Mender attended McNair High School.

“The entire DeKalb County School District community, and especially the McNair High School family, mourns the passing of one of our students,” the district said in an emailed statement. “Our hearts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”

Anyone with information is asked to call DeKalb police at 770-724-7610. Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a cash reward, by contacting Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website.

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