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Memorial to Spokane man killed in hit-and-run stolen from roadside

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Friends of Don Meilike, who was killed in a hit-and-run at the end of July, are still grieving.

The accident happened on Central and Lacey in North Spokane, but those who love Don are now even more hurt after a shocking discovery – the memorial they set up for him was stolen not once, but twice.

Kimberlee Cantu and Debra Whitacre still can’t believe Meilike is no longer just around the corner. They were neighbors.

“We're all really close. We're all like family,” Whitacre says.

Court documents say Billy Dalager and Meilike were in an argument, and then police say Dalager said, “I’m gonna run him down.”  

“It's been a really hard time dealing with that and comprehending why,” Whitacre says.

So to help with the pain about the loss of their dear friend, they set up a place to remember him.

“Everyone was coming. We were talking to him. It's not really him but it helped to be down here to have it. It felt like we were still with him. We could connect with him still,” she says.

But they no longer have a place to go. When the memorial disappeared the first time on August 8, they put out a few candles. Then, those candles disappeared within a few hours. They’re unsure why someone would get rid of a memorial.

“The way he died was so awful and we're grieving so hard. It's not something we can get past. We would just like them to bring it back. No questions asked,” Cantu says.

Dalager is in jail on a charge of first-degree murder.

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