SPRINGVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Hundreds of people gathered on the football field at Springville-Griffith Institute Sunday to remember a student tragically killed.
Seven-year old Alyssa Hearn was killed Friday during a school bus accident. The accident is still under investigation, but Police say Hearn was pinned under the bus.
Those that knew Hearn said she always enjoyed life.
“She was fun, she was goofy and she was energetic. She didn’t miss out on anything. She enjoyed every bit of the seven years she had here,” said Melissa Frank, PTA President.
During the vigil, family, friends and loved ones released hundreds of pink and purple balloons in her memory. Some say that was the first time they found any comfort since the accident.
“When those balloons went up and folks turned their heads upward, it allowed those emotions to flow more freely and I think it allowed us to feel a sense of release,” said Allison Duwe, school board president.
Hearn’s loved ones say the outpouring of support from the community has been tremendous. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses. Sunday night, more than $42,000 was raised.
“It’s the only way we can move through this, is together. It doesn’t surprise me, I have found this community to be gracious, welcoming and hopeful,” said Kimberly Moritz, Superintendent of Schools.
The school district is offering counseling to the students as they return back to school Monday.