Family and friends gathered Sunday night for a vigil honoring the 12-year-old girl killed in a crosswalk near Cleveland Middle School in Albuquerque.
Justine Almuina died Thursday after being hit by a car while crossing Louisiana at Natalie right next to the school. According to Albuquerque police, the driver who hit her didn’t see her crossing the road.
At Sunday’s vigil, Stardust Skies Park close to the middle school was filled with family, friends and neighbors some wearing shirts with her picture.
Even though she was young, those who knew Justine, or Eliza, said she left a lasting impact on everyone she met. They said her dynamic personality was hard to miss.
Some who attended the vigil had crowns and many brought princess balloons with specials messages. Several young students told KRQE News 13 they’ve been touched by Justine’s kindness.
“We enjoyed every moment with her, she was so amazing. She loved everyone in her own way,” a friend said.
“I love my baby girl she will always be my princess and something that I would always tell her is, we’re going to be best friends forever,” said her mom, Jennie Gonzales.
The family said they are still working to make funeral arrangements for Justine.
According to police, the driver who hit her immediately got out and performed CPR . Police said alcohol was not a factor but speed has yet to be determined. At this point, the driver has not been charged with a crime.