By Alex Fees
St. Louis (KSDK) - After a weekend where they were overwhelmed by the untimely death of a loved one, Amber Wood's family gathered outside the Broadway Oyster Bar Monday to make an appeal.
Wood was struck and killed by a hit and run driver early Friday after she left the bar on south Broadway.
Her mother, Georgie Busch, made an appeal for help in finding the driver who killed her.
"I'm here today because someone murdered my daughter," said Busch. "She had her entire life in front of her and I wasn't done with her. And she wasn't done with me. I'm here to plead to the general public to help capture the person who murdered my daughter. If you know who that person is, or if you know anything please turn them in."
St. Louis police said Monday they have "strong leads" in the case. A police department public information specialist also confirmed there is security video of the hit and run that killed Wood.
In an e-mail, Katie O'Sullivan said, "Officers don't even have the video on Friday and it would still need to be processed here. We are told it wasn't very helpful, but we will release what we can when we get it if there hasn't been an arrest."
Wood's brother, Chris Busch characterized his sister this way.
"She liked slapstick humor," said Busch. "She was a 'Family Guy' watcher."
Busch explained what he would say to the driver who hit his sister.
"Honestly I hope his conscious eats at him," he said, "so that way he would be forced. Or some of his family members so he is forced to do the right thing. Because what if it were one of his family members, or his sister? How would he feel?"
Kristal Brewer said Amber Wood was her best friend.
"She was one of the most vivacious women I've ever met in my life. Wise beyond her years; incredibly witty," said Brewer. "I just can't really imagine not being able to see her."
A message posted across the street from the Broadway Oyster Bar comes from the family of David Bense, the tow truck driver killed in a hit and run on I-70 last week. It reads, in part, "We're sorry there are people like this in our world. May you find the strength to get through this."
Anyone with information on the Amber Wood case is asked to call St. Louis police.
A memorial fund has been established in Amber's honor at First Community Credit Union.