BURLINGTON, N.C. -- There's no peace in the Ngual household as they grieve not only the loss of Francisco Ngual, but the fact that they don't know who killed him.
"Bad things happen to happy people," said Francisco's niece, Frolline. "Especially good people."
Burlington police officer Jeremy Coleman said Ngual, 59, was walking along North Church Street Saturday night just before 10 when he was hit by a car whose driver did not stop.
Frolline said she and her mother heard the sirens from their home and somehow had the instinct to fear the worst.
"I knew something like this was going to happen one day here," she said. "My mom -- she was crying before the cops even came."
Frolline said she, her mother, father and Francisco emigrated from Guam to Burlington about 10 years ago. She said Francisco had been in and out of homeless shelters since his arrival in the United States, but he was always a happy man.
"He didn't have money, but he had a lot of love. And everybody loved that about him. Even when he was homeless, he was out on the streets helping those who are homeless."
Police don't have a description of a vehicle they are looking for, but said they are combing through surveillance videos in the area to try and find clues.
"Whoever did it -- do the right thing and come forward," Frolline said. "If you can take a person's life then you should be man enough to come forward and admit it. That's all I ask."