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Candlelight vigil to be held Tuesday for South Broadway hit and run victims

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Police believe this black Merecedes was the first car to hit Bapi Gupta near the Broadway Oyster Bar Police believe this black Merecedes was the first car to hit Bapi Gupta near the Broadway Oyster Bar
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The families of hit and run victims Bapi Gupta and Amber Wood announced a press conference and candlelight vigil to be held on Tuesday evening as a "call for change" and to introduce the Bicycle and Pedestrian Initiative (B.A.P.I.).

At 8 p.m., Wood's mother Georgie Busch and Gupta's mother Genie Dee will hold a press conference for community leaders and the media outside of Broadway Oyster Bar to plea for changes to the S. Broadway corridor to avoid future fatal hit and run accidents.

"The goal of B.A.P.I. is to prevent a similar tragedy from falling upon any other family," said a press release. The press conference will be followed by a candlelight vigil at 8:30 p.m.

Gupta's family described him as someone who "would give you the shirt off his back" in a press release.

Tuesday is the 30-day anniversary of the death of Gupta. After being struck by a vehicle on South Broadway early on the morning of June 28, sustained severe brain damage and was taken off of life support a week later.

An 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl were charged in relation to the accident in mid-July.

Wood was also killed in a hit and run outside of Broadway Oyster Bar, in April 2012.

"You can make a difference. Please come to the candlelight vigil and help us demonstrate to the City that something must be done to make our streets safer," Dee said in a release.

The press conference and candlelight vigil will be held outside of Broadway Oyster Bar at 736 S. Broadway in downtown St. Louis.

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