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February 20. 2013 1:46AM
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As the investigation into the hit-and-run death of Kevin Miller continues, a Hanover Township woman wants to honor the memory of the 5-year-old victim with a permanent memorial.

Lydia Brill of Hanover Township said she was horrified at the news of the boy's death Dec. 21 and felt the community needs to do something to show them that they're not alone.

He was 5 years old, said Brill, and to not have the opportunity to become what he could have become, an incredible human being like his parents, is just a tragedy.

She will host a meeting Thursday night at the Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre to brainstorm memorial and fundraiser ideas. About 30 people, including Kevin's parents, Dr. Stephen and Caroline Miller, already have indicated through Brill's Facebook page they will attend, she said.

I think a lot of people have been feeling that they want to do something, she said, they just aren't sure what they want to do.

Brill and others on Facebook agreed a mural at the Osterhout Free Library as well as book donations might be an appropriate way to remember Kevin, she said. .

After Wilkes-Barre tow truck business owners Bob Kadluboski and Leo Glodzik Jr. offered rewards for information about the vehicle that struck Kevin, his uncle, Dr. John Miller, encouraged those funding the rewards and others wishing to memorialize Kevin to give to area libraries – because Kevin loved to read – as well as to theaters, volunteer medical professionals and emergency responders.

The boy was struck and killed Dec. 21 while crossing West North Street with his parents; police identified the suspected hit-and-run vehicle as a red Pontiac Grand Am.

Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis has identified Thomas Letteer Jr., 22, of Plains Township, as a person of interest in the case and police have seized a red Grand Am registered to Letteer's father. Search warrants also were filed for cellphone and Facebook records for Letteer and his girlfriend, Abigail Tarver, 22, of Pittston Township.

Family spokesman John Miller said the family appreciates the good intentions of Brill and others, but also said recent developments in the case have stirred up more emotion for the family.

Stephen & Caroline really need time for all this to process, Miller wrote in an email. Until there is some resolution in the case… I think they need time to readjust to society.

Want to go?

What: Planning meeting for Kevin Miller memorial/fundraiser

Where: The Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, Gates Lab, 2nd floor

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday

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