Hometown pays tribute to Minnesotan killed in Texas hit and run

People in Fergus Falls rode their bikes in memory of David Grotberg, who was riding his when he was hit last week.
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David Grotberg was on his bike when he was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver in Waco, Texas, last week.

So on Monday evening people in his hometown of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, honored the Baylor University student by getting on their bikes.

Dozens of people in the northwestern Minnesota town – some of them friends of Grotberg, others strangers – met at City Hall for an evening ride WCCO reports.

Grotberg, 19, was a member of Baylor's Honors Residential College, whose faculty steward, Jonathan Tran said in a statement from the university:

"...he stood out for his energy, charisma and winsomeness. He was surely one of our brightest stars, loved by so many and with such a boundless future. This is an unimaginable loss for our community, Baylor at large, and most certainly his family and friends."

Grotberg played trumpet in Baylor's marching band – the associate director of bands called him "a bright, shining star."

He was also president of the university's Ballroom Dance Society ... which shows the kind of ready-to-try-anything spirit he had because "he had never danced in his life," his mother told WCCO.

Diane Grotberg told the station there's been an outpouring of support for the family since David's death Thursday night.

Over the weekend the marching bands at some of Baylor's rival schools, including Oklahoma, Texas, and Oklahoma State paid tribute to Grotberg.

Grotberg was biking home from the movies with his girlfriend at about 10 p.m. on Thursday when he was hit by a vehicle whose driver never stopped, a Waco police sergeant told KWTX-TV.

David was the oldest of six children in the Grotberg family. A crowdfunding site set up for the family has exceeded its goal of $20,000.

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