LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- A mother sobbed uncontrollably Sunday night right near the site where her daughter’s body was found lying in the street on Charleston and Stillwater Bridge.
People found the body of 17 year old Alexis Monasterio early Sunday morning around midnight. Police says she appears to be the victim of a hit and run.
A neighbor, who identified himself as Dave O., says he was awakened by all the commotion.
“I heard my dogs barking so I came downstairs because they were really going on at it and that's when I saw the police had the Charleston street cordoned off. They had the police car on our street,” he said.
People around the neighborhood are devastated and angry.
“I can't imagine being the person that discovered that. That would be horrible and that parents to know that they got left like that. That would be horrible if that happened to my kid,” said neighbor Teresa Johnson.
Family and friends kept arriving Sunday evening to an area where several candles were lit and flowers and stuffed animals were placed as people grieved.
Monasterio’s school friend Ever Centeno talked about her big dreams to be a pastry chef and her recent accolades for her talents at East Career and Technical Academy. Family members say she was trying to decide which of two culinary schools to attend.
“She wanted to own her own restaurant and she was always baking and she'd stay after school for hours on it,” Centeno said.
He says word of her death spread quickly among her friends and they are in shock.
“I can speak on behalf of everyone: no one saw it coming. She was such a young girl full of talent," Centeno said. No one; it was the last thing. Still right now I can't believe it.”
Centeno hopes the person who left the scene will come clean.
“I hope you're able to realize what has really happened. It is not just another person, some stranger," Centeno said. "This girl was loved by many. You're able to give us answers on what happened. We deserve answers and it's hard to live and not to know what happened and why.”
Centeno says that he's heartbroken, regardless of whether he will receive answers..
“I really miss her and I hope she's in heaven looking down on us,” Centeno said.
If you have any information on the case, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 702-385-5555.