Emotions ran high Monday as family and friends of 4-year-old Marterrance Albury waited for answers.
The little boy was killed around 9:45 Sunday night after tumbling out of a moving Ford Expedition. Police say a witness, driving behind the SUV, saw the whole thing.
"The back door swings open on the passenger side, and 4-year-old Marterrance Albury rolls out, onto the ground," police spokeswoman Laura McElroy explained.
The driver didn't stop.
Marterrance knocked his head on the pavement and was then run over by the vehicle's back tires.
"At this point, we're still working to find out if the child fell out of the vehicle, or if he was pushed," McElroy continued.
The little boy was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.
Marterrance's 17-year old brother was supposed to be babysitting him. Police are now questioning him about how Marterrance managed to leave the apartment without his knowing.
The boys' mother was out last night with a friend. As the pair returned home early this morning, they realized, something was wrong.
"When we got back, is saw the news team out and is said, 'Something happened.' So we came in and see the police there," recalled the friend, who wants to remain anonymous.
That's when Marterrance's mother learned her son's life had ended just blocks away from his home.
Now, loved ones are left trying to understand why and how something like this could happen.
"Even if it was an accident, just let it be known that it wasn't meant to happen," cousin Lashawn Yates offered. "Just so his mom can rest, so everyone can be at peace about it."
"How can somebody do something like this?" the family friend added. "You just hear too much on the news about little kids getting killed. Everyday. They're just killing them for no reason."
Police are still hoping for the public's help in locating the driver of that SUV, described as a green 2001 to 2004 Ford Expedition. You can call Tampa police or leave an anonymous tip with Crimestoppers.
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