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Kluge Elementary grieves loss of beloved crossing guard

Posted at 10:02 PM, Dec 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-07 23:55:22-05

A beloved crossing guard at Kluge Elementary struck by a hit-and-run driver lost his life Thursday, and the school community is heartbroken.  

Andrew Tyler was suffering from serious injuries since early November.  The person who hit him still hasn't been caught.

His family said Tyler died peacefully with loved ones by his side early this morning. He underwent several surgeries, including two leg amputations. He went to hospice earlier this week. The family said in the end his respiratory system gave out.  

The news of Tyler's death reached his Kluge Elementary family, where he was a crossing guard.

"It hurts like you seen him everyday so to know someone could do what they did and he didn't deserve it," said Jennifer Smith, a Kluge Elementary parent.

The 71-year-old was hit by a car last month near 72nd and Carmen while on his way to work.  The driver was in an older model burgundy Buick Park Avenue or LeSabre.  Parents are sickened this ended with an innocent man's death.

"They need to slow down for one and pay attention. That's how other people get hurt and killed," said Marquisha Fornuiwalls, a Kluge Elementary parent.

"You should have more empathy and really just come and just turn yourself in," said Mercedes Gordon.

Families at Kluge Elementary are devastated.

"He was kind.  You could tell he was loving a good man.  He was sweet.  He always said hi to my kids," Smith said.

The principal said students made Mr. Tyler cards of encouragement while he was in the hospital.

"He's going to be truly missed.  Some families even knew him when they were kids and going to school here so it's definitely a sad day," said Principal Keushum Willingham.

His school community grieves for the man who put a smile on their faces and sends love to Tyler's loved ones.

"You guys are in my prayers and me and daughters prayers.  Sorry for your loss," said Michelle Cosey, a Kluge Elementary parent.

"Prayers are with you, condolences and I hope you guys get justice," Smith said.

Tyler's family wasn't ready to speak on camera tonight.  But they ask everyone to be courteous and kind to others, what they're father would have wanted.