The small community of Idalou gathered Tuesday night to remember 9-year-old Esmeralda Salinas.
"She had a big heart; she was always happy, and she loved to help everybody," Esmeralda's mother Elida Salinas said.
"A very friendly person, she was a very friendly person," Abel, her dad, added.
"We'll always remember her, and love her. We'll always miss her, but will never forget about her," Elida said. "She'll always be in our hearts and in our thoughts," Abel said.
Family and friends held a candle light vigil for Esmeralda at the First Baptist Church in Idalou.
Family members tell us she was waiting for her friend along the side of the road last Friday when she was hit by a car. She died over the weekend.
The driver of the car, 21-year-old David Shane Johns is charged with failure to stop and render aid. Idalou Police tell us he could now face additional charges.
A memorial fund has been set up to help with medical and funeral expenses. You can donate at any Security Bank Location.
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