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The heartbroken family of a young Victorian footballer killed in a hit-and-run has urged anyone with information to come forward, as the case remains unsolved nearly 18 months later.

An information caravan will be created as part of a renewed call for witnesses after Jordan Purcell, 20, died on the way to the hospital after being hit by a car and left for dead in Alexandra, in the northeast of the state, on June 16 of last year.

Emergency services treated the Mount Duneed man, who suffered fatal injuries, on Hall Street around 12:15 a.m., but could not be saved.

The young man’s family spoke today about the renewed appeal. (Nine)
The heartbroken family of the young soccer player says their lives will never be the same again. (Nine)

Purcell’s mother, Sue Weinverg, described her son today as “young, vibrant, talented and passionate about all sports.”

In a message sense, Ebony Purcell said that her brother’s death had devastated the family.

“This has totally devastated our family,” he said.

“The last 17 months have been heartbreaking trying to adjust to life without Jordy.

“He was only 20 years old and his whole life ahead of him.

“We had a lot to look forward to and a lot to share with him.”

The footballer’s death shook the small rural town as Purcell had just returned to the field after some time off the game.

The night of his death, Purcell had been to a soccer function before walking to a teammate’s house for drinks.

The police have renewed an appeal for witnesses to come forward after the death of a young soccer player. (Nine)

A light-colored Toyota Hilux, believed to be involved in the incident, was later recovered by police.

Two men were interviewed and released from police custody shortly after the incident.

Lyndon Purcell said her family had a hard time believing that no one in the community knew what happened on the night of her brother’s death.

“What’s also amazing is how someone can hit someone in their vehicle and knock it off the side of the road,” he said.

“We recognize the difficulty of stepping up, but we ask that you respect our need to know the truth and gain a sense of closure.”

Jordan Purcell, 20, was found on the road with life-threatening injuries. (Nine)

Detectives from the Major Collision Investigation Unit have issued a new appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information to submit.

“As part of the ongoing investigation, MCIU detectives will return to Alexandra today with a collision reconstructionist,” said Victoria Police Sgt. Megan Stefanec.

The information caravan will be set up on Grant Street in the city from approximately noon today until November 26.

Anyone with information has been urged to contact or attend the caravan, or alternatively Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.


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