LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)– The teen jogger who was struck and killed Saturday night in a busy intersection in Lakewood is being remembered for giving back to his community.
Police say the 15-year-old was struck by a car at approximately 9:55 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of South Kipling Parkway and West Asbury Avenue and was later pronounced dead.
Investigators have identified one of the cars and driver involved in the street racing that was underway when Julien was struck.
They’re still working to match DNA from another car and have told the family an arrest is imminent.
Julien went by the nickname Gerry. He was home in Lakewood visiting his father and stepmom for the summer. The teen spent his last days like he spent many of his days — trying to make a difference.
Julien went out of his way to serve others, often serving food at soup kitchens in downtown Denver.
His sister, Allison, said Julien had recently taken a interest in the military, even attending a military boarding school in Texas.
“This is a backpack from school. He took it everywhere,” said Allison. “Just all of a sudden he started idolizing the military.”
Allison said he’s been receiving messages from friends she didn’t even know he had.
“I had no idea he even had this many friends,” said Allison. “People I didn’t even know cared about him that much.”
Allison and Julien have been good pals and siblings since she first held him after he was born in the hospital.
She said it’s been tough getting used to the fact that her brother isn’t coming home.
“I’m still waiting for him to run in the door and hug me,” said Allison.