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By Nicholas Grube

Triplicate staff writer

The Lacy family needs closure. Every day they struggle to accept the death of their 15-year-old son, Josh, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in January.

But before they can cope with their loss and move on, the Lacys - and an entire community - need an answer to the question: Who killed Josh Lacy?

andquot;We want to know what happened,andquot; said Carlene Lacy, Josh's mother. andquot;We can't heal if it's here everyday. And his death is here everyday.andquot;

So in an effort to ease the heartache and put an end to the doubt, the Lacy family is adding $10,000 to a reward fund set up to find the person who hit Josh and left him to die on that cold January morning.

andquot;It's hard for us to do this because it's like we're paying for honesty,andquot; Carlene said. andquot;We're paying for something that people should just do anyway. But we want closure.andquot;

California Highway Patrol is still searching for the person that killed Josh but as of yet hasn't had any luck.

andquot;We're still getting leads, and we're actively following up on them,andquot; Lt. Commander Don Jordan said, adding that the latest tip received came on Wednesday.

Since the beginning of the investigation, California Highway Patrol has created more than 100 pages of follow-up reports in addition to the original incident, Jordan said. But, andquot;All of the leads, so far, have turned out to be negative.andquot;

Jordan said he hopes that the $10,000 reward will help to break the case.

andquot;We always have high expectations. It's just unfortunate that nobody's come forward at this point,andquot; he said. andquot;Everybody wants this guy caught.andquot;

But until law enforcement finds the person responsible for Josh's death or somebody comes forward, Carlene and her family continue to pray for answers.

andquot;One day we're going to have a lot to smile about,andquot; Carlene said. andquot;It won't be laughs, but at least we'll be smiling.andquot;

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