Friends hold vigil to honor Jersey City crash victim

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JERSEY CITY -

Friends and loved ones of a Jersey City man fatally struck by an out-of-control SUV held a vigil Wednesday night to honor his memory.

Umar King, 33, was killed early Tuesday morning while waiting at a bus stop on Kennedy Boulevard near Communipaw Avenue.

King was deaf and was prominent in the deaf community. His friends shared their feelings about King at the vigil.

“We come to reflect on our old schoolmate,” Thyson Halley said at the vigil.

King worked for FedEx and Newark Liberty Airport. He also taught sign language at an area community center.

“He didn’t deserve this. We will miss him,” said his friend Natasha.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office says that a Hudson County sheriff officer was in pursuit of a stolen SUV after he witnessed the driver blow through several traffic lights. The driver lost control and the SUV crashed into the bus stop, killing King.

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Two teens inside the SUV ran away from the scene. Police took a third teen in for questioning. It was not immediately known who was driving the SUV. Police are now searching for the other two occupants.

King leaves behind his parents and a 9-year-old daughter.

Anyone who may have information about the suspects in the stolen SUV is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office at 201-915-1345 or Jersey City police at 201-547-5245.

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