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Six years have passed since Ryan Tsatsos, a student at Central Michigan University, was the victim of a hit-and-run and the driver has never been arrested.

“Time has passed, but our time has stopped. Even though we get up and go to work every day, and the years when we flip the calendar, we still feel like we are in 2015,” said Julie Tsatsos.

October 31, 2015 is the night time stood still for Julie and Paul Tsatsos.

“All through Halloween night we texted,” Julie Tsatsos.

She and her son Ryan, who was a freshman at Central Michigan University.

“I sent a heart and then got no response. And that’s when my heart sank,” said Julie Tsatsos.

Her maternal instinct was telling her that something was wrong at all.

“Around what, 1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m.? The police came to the door. And that’s when I said, ‘No you can’t tell me something’s wrong with Ryan,’ “said Julie Tsatsos.

Police informed her that her son Ryan, 17, was killed in a hit and run just after midnight.

“I couldn’t believe it was happening again,” Julie Tsatsos.

She said “again”, because finding out about Ryan’s death was like Deja Vu. Three months earlier, their other son, Darryl, died in a car accident.

“Same time, 2:30 am, Sunday morning,” said Paul Tsatsos.

“We had to come to the hospital,” Julie Tsatsos said.

“Almost identical,” said Paul Tsatsos.

Julie and Paul, mourning the death of a son, faced the prospect of losing their two children. Julie said a ray of hope, Ryan saved someone else’s life right before he died.

“She was walking to the left of him, he grabbed her and threw her on the pitch, and at that point, that’s when he was hit,” said Julie Tsatsos.

The Tsatsos describe Ryan as a selfless person with a disposition that could brighten up anyone’s mood.

“He would do anything for anyone,” Julie Tsatsos said.

“That infectious laugh he was having. He had that laugh that you couldn’t help but I don’t care your mood, you just had to laugh with him,” said Paul Tsatsos.

The case is still unresolved and Ryan’s parents have been waiting for the answers to their questions for years like Who Did?

“I don’t know how they sleep at night,” Julie Tsatsos said.

With only memories of Ryan, they have faith that one day they will meet again.

“The hope of seeing him again when our day comes is the only thing that keeps us going. If I didn’t have that. It’s emptiness,” said Julie Tsatsos.


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