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Woman killed in hit-and-run was Southwest ISD teacher

SAN ANTONIO – Family and friends are desperately searching for answers after Vanessa Puente, 38, was hit and killed on Potranco Road near Loop 1604 Sunday morning.

Those closest to Puente spent the entire day Wednesday talking to people in west Bexar County to find out if they have any information.

"She was loving, outgoing. She was great person, very sweet," said Puente's friend, Anntrina Williams.

Williams has supported the family since the accident happened, by knocking on doors and handing out fliers in effort to find the driver who killed Puente.

They have been focusing on neighborhoods close to where she was hit, near Potranco Road and Silver Maple Street.

"I hope we find the guy or the person that hit her or that they would turn themselves in, because it's the best thing to do," said Williams. "Give her family and her friends some peace, because she didn't deserve that."

The Bexar County Sheriff's Office is offering a $5,000 reward for information which leads to the arrest of the person responsible for Puente's death. The BCSO release stated Puente was a Southwest ISD teacher.

Puente's brother said he is doing everything he can for his sister, whether they find her killer or not.

"The community wants answers, the students want answers, I want answers and that's why we are out here," said Joshua Puente. "I have to look at my sister's picture every day and I want to be able to say ‘I did what I could.' Maybe we'll succeed; maybe we won't, but I tried."

Over the past two days, hundreds of people who knew Vanessa Puente volunteered their time to help the family, and Joshua Puente said the support speaks volumes of the kind of person his sister was.

"We made a memorial page for her. It already has a thousand likes since she's passed away," said Joshua Puente. "Which makes us feel amazing. It helps us get up in the morning to know that many people care."

Bexar County sheriff's officials believe the person that hit Vanessa Puente drove a dark-colored Ford Expedition.

If anyone has any information or believe they've seen a vehicle matching the description with damage on the passenger side you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 210-224-STOP.

Vanessa Puente's services are scheduled for Thursday and Friday at Castleridge Mortuary.

The visitation is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday. The prayer service will begin at 7:00 p.m. that same day.

On Friday, a service is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

They are asking friends and family instead of buying flowers, to donate to a scholarship at Southwest High School that will carry her name.


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