GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Family and friends gathered for a vigil Thursday to remember an 8-year-old girl who was killed in a crash earlier this week.
About 50 people gathered at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids at 9 p.m. Thursday for a candlelight vigil for Nevaeh Alston. She died Tuesday after being struck by a vehicle on Bridge Street NW.
People brought candles, balloons, stuffed animals and photos to remember Nevaeh. Her family thanked everyone for coming and shared a few words about her.
They lit candles and pointed them at the sky and then walked down to the park to light and release lanterns.
Family friends of Nevaeh described her as a beautiful child who could light up a room, and shared a story about seeing a rainbow yesterday and knowing she was there.
In a GoFundMe Page set up by her family they wrote “She is loved dearly by so many and had such a giving, loving heart. She loved helping others, and always had a big smile on her face.”