Police investigating argument over stolen dogs as a homicide after victim dies

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis Police said they're looking for a man responsible for hitting a woman with his car and then fleeing the scene on November 25. Sylvia Hunt died five days later at the hospital.

Those who knew Hunt said she couldn't have children so instead she had her dogs. They said she thought a man stole her dogs so she confronted him. That's when police said the man backed up his car, forcing Hunt to fall to the ground and need medical treatment. It happened at Latham Street and Cambridge Avenue.

Sylvia Hunt (left)
Sylvia Hunt (left) was hit by a car. She later died from her injuries.

Family and friends have built a permanent memorial with stones, candles and teddy bears near where it happened.

“It hit everybody hard because you’re looking at somebody that didn’t have enemies,” Hunt's uncle Randy Jones said.

Police said the driver put his car in reverse and knocked Hunt over.

The unknown person then accelerated into a fence and ran off on foot. Police have not made any arrests.

“Turn yourself in, you can’t keep running,” family friend Cadeadra Toney said.

“She was somebody that put themselves on hold to make sure someone else is alright,” Jones said.

Police said the person who did it was driving a 2008 Ford Taurus. They did not release a description of the suspect.


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