Victim of Haslet hit and run remembered as loving father of 4

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by MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on June 21, 2012 at 11:32 PM

HASLET - Family members say Walter Hopkins was an active father, who enjoyed running and playing sports, but the most important part of his life was his family.

"He was just even keel,” said his brother-in-law Richard Massey. “He loved his wife and his family very much."

A hit-and-run driver killed the 37-year-old husband and father of four children Thursday morning as he jogged along Willow Springs road in Haslet.

Investigators say Hopkins was running against the traffic around 4:45 a.m. and it appears the driver crossed over and ran into Hopkins from the back.

Loved ones surrounded Hopkins’ wife Thursday as she grieved.

Thursday afternoon, Tarrant County authorities announced that they had found the suspected hit-and-run vehicle, a 1997 Ford Ranger. The truck was parked behind a North Fort Worth repair shop. However, there's still been no arrest and a suspect's name has not been released.

"We feel for everybody involved in this situation," Massey said.

The family is hoping for a resolution and ultimately, some bit of closure.

"We'll try to carry on the legacy of his kindness and helping other people," Massey said.

Compassion that helped him touch many people, who are now mourning the loss of a close friend and father.

E-mail mmoore@wfaa.com

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