QCA high school closes for funeral of student killed in hit-and-run

Investigators have a person of interest in the case

Alex Boelk, 17, of Apple River, Illinois, was killed September 17, 2016 in a hit-and-run in Jo Daviess Co.  (Leamons Funeral Home)
Alex Boelk, 17, of Apple River, Illinois, was killed September 17, 2016 in a hit-and-run in Jo Daviess Co. (Leamons Funeral Home)

WARREN, Ill. (KWQC) – Warren High School in Jo Daviess County is closed Thursday so students may attend the funeral of a classmate killed by a hit-and-run driver.

Alex M. Boelk, 17, of Apple River, Illinois, was killed September 17, 2016 as he stood near a vehicle around 10 p.m. off North Pea Ridge Road in Jo Daviess County.

After striking Boelk and colliding with the vehicle he was near, the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Department says the hit-and-run vehicle left the scene.

Investigators have announced they have a person of interest in the case, but a sheriff’s official told KWQC early Thursday morning no arrest has been made.

A Go Fund Me page for Boelk’s funeral expenses says Boelk’s brother is an EMT who was among those who responded to the scene of the hit-and-run.

“When he arrived at the scene, he noticed it was his little brother lying on the road and was quickly removed,” according to the Go Fund Me page.

Warren High School is located in Warren, a village of 1,400 in Jo Daviess County in the Quad Cities Area.

Boelk was a senior at the school which administrators decided to close Thursday so faculty and the approximately 120 students would be free to attend an 11 a.m. funeral.

“Please support one another and be strong,” the school’s website tells students.  “We will get through this together as one.”

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