LAKE WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – It was an emotional remembrance for seven-year-old Savannah Deegear. She was struck and killed by a pickup truck that went out of control in a Target parking lot in Lake Worth Saturday.
A little memorial popped up at the site where little Savannah lost her life. A vigil was planned at the site Tuesday night, but Savannah’s mother couldn’t bear to be near the spot. So, a temporary memorial was set up far across the parking lot where and the vigil held there.
Mark Deegear, Savannah’s father, was immediately embraced by those who knew him including many from the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department where he works in the bail bonds department.
Savannah’s mother, Netta Degear, arrived in a wheelchair. She had been walking out of Target with her daughter when the speeding truck struck her little girl and five others.
Terry and Sharon Tanner, Savannah’s uncle and aunt drove from Globe, Arizona to be with them.
“She’s beautiful. She was wonderful. We’re going to miss her,” Terry Tanner said.
“She was a great kid. She loved everybody she met. She had such a personality. She loved the Cowboys. She was a daddy’s little girl. They went to all the Cowboys games together,” Sharon Tanner said.
“It’s a tragedy. Her mom, her dad, her older sister are going to miss all the wonderful things she could have accomplished in her lifetime,” she added.
Hundreds of others came to mourn, pray and remember the seven-year-old girl. Chaplain David Barrett had known Savannah since she was a baby.
“We’re here to honor the life of Savannah. And to remember what that little girl brought to the world,” he said.
Children released purple and pink balloons, Savannah’s favorite colors. There were tears in the eyes of many mothers including Joann Stephens, who’d never even met the family.
“I could just put myself in that mom’s place, feeling her pain. I don’t even know them. I’ve never even seen them. But I had to be here,” she said.
There is an account to help with expenses set up at the Wells Fargo Bank called “The Savannah Deegear Memorial Fund.”
A visitation for Savannah Deegear will be held Wednesday night from 6pm to 8pm at the Biggers Funeral Home in Lake Worth.
Her funeral will be held at 10 o’clock Thursday morning at the First Baptist Church of Lakeside.
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