Waco: Parents of BU student killed in hit-and-run return for homecoming

By  | 

WACO, Texas (KWTX) The parents of a Baylor sophomore, killed in a hit and run in 2016, are reflecting this weekend on the three years that have passed since his death.

Diane and Clark Grotberg in front of photo of their son, David, 19, who was hit and killed by a hit-and-run driver on the night of Oct. 6, 2016 on Franklin Avenue in Waco. (Staff photo)

Clark and Diane Grotberg of Fergus Falls, Minn., are in Waco for Baylor's annual homecoming celebration.

Their son David, 19, was hit and killed by a hit-and-run driver on the night of Oct. 6, 2016 on Franklin Avenue in Waco.

The Grotbergs say David and his girlfriend did not have a car so had ridden their bikes to the movies and were on their way home when David was struck from behind and left to die in the street as the driver fled the scene.

"Every single day and I think sometimes every single hour you're aware that he has been killed and he's gone absolutely it's not going to go away," David's mother, Diane, said.

His father, Clark, says his son was one of the best people he ever knew.

"His first and foremost desire was to serve God and in everything he did to do it unto the best of his ability with every fiber of his being."

While the Grotbergs have handled their son's death with dignity and grace, they say their pain has not diminished.

"To think that you could cry every day for three years is a little overwhelming but it also means that he was so incredibly valuable to us just like to lose him is such a great loss and of course we would cry every day because we really miss him."

The Grotbergs say Baylor stepped in a big way after David was killed, holding three services and flying the family to Waco.

"I said ‘it's just killing me right now that not only did we lose our son but we lost the Baylor family,’ but by 8 o'clock that morning I couldn't have been proven more wrong," say's Clark.

"I say this not as an over spiritual thing to say but I say it probably once a week to somebody Baylor continues to show us what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus."

David excelled at Baylor, his mother said.

"He flourished at Baylor in the Honors Program because there was so much faith for him there and there was a lot of diversity and a lot of discovery and he just loved that."

While the Grotbergs chose not to talk about the woman arrested in connection with the accident they say they hold no anger.

"God didn't have some plan to take David out so we could do these good things, somebody took David out and God moved in. He really does bring beauty from ashes,” she said.

"Our hope is that whoever it was who killed him comes to know Jesus in the same way that David knew him," his father added.