NORTH BERGEN, New Jersey (WABC) -- A motorcyclist in New Jersey is being mourned as a devoted pet caretaker as the search intensifies for the hit-and-run driver who killed him.
Josh Huayamave, 23, was fatally struck near Granton and Liberty avenues around 9 p.m. Friday.
The driver of that vehicle kept going and is still being sought.
Huayamave ran a dog-walking and adventure business.
His family spoke out Monday and said he loved animals his whole life. He unofficially started his own pet-care business as a teenager and made it official back in January when with Golden Leash Pet Services.
The dogs' owners were loyal clients who loved him.
"Sometimes he would watch dogs for free, he would come over, he knew who needed help, he was always there for us," said North Bergen resident Mateo Grbic.
In a post on a GoFundMe page for the victim, one of his clients said Huayamave was patient, caring and devoted to the animals.
Friends set up memorials where his life was taken and at one of his favorite places: a North Bergen dog park. They also set up a GoFundMe to help handle arrangements.
The Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the North Bergen Police Department are investigating.
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