'A beautiful person': Memorial fund launched for 10-year-old girl tragically killed
Jasmin Hanif was a Grade 4 student at Waterdown's Mary Hopkins Elementary School
An online memorial fund has been launched to help with funeral costs for Jasmin Hanif, who was struck and killed by a car in Waterdown Tuesday evening.
Many people expressed sorrow on the campaign's fundraising page, sharing memories of the ten-year-old.
"We had the pleasure of having Jasmin on our soccer team many times," wrote Jessica Zylstra. "We'll always remember her energy and beautiful smile."
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"Jasmin was a great role model for Charlotte and the other kindergarten kids on the bus," wrote Katherine James. "What a beautiful person she was."
On Thursday morning, the fund had raised just under $1,400 in about eight hours.
Hanif was a student at Mary Hopkins Elementary School in Waterdown, where she was in Grade 4.
School principal Jenn George wrote on the school's website that the community is experiencing a "deep loss."
"We all share in the grief and sadness of having lost one of our students," she wrote. "Our thoughts are with the Hanif family."
Ed Kikauka told CBC News that he knew Hanif as a friend of his granddaughter, who lives on Evans Road, where she was struck. The two would play together often, he said.
"She was just so very advanced for her age," Kikauka said. "She was like this loving big sister who was so friendly with everyone. You couldn't help but feel that she was a young girl who was destined to go places."
"I'm sure that her schoolmates will be crushed."
George said that all students at the school in grades three through five have been told about Hanif's death. Counselors from the school board's Critical Incident Response Team have also been at the school to help students and staff try to cope.
"We will continue to have support available to support our students in the coming days," she wrote.
According to police, a 25-year-old driver was going southbound on Evans Road on Tuesday evening when Hanif ran out in front of his vehicle.
Another fatal crash on Highway 403 had happened just hours prior, and was funneling an increased volume of cars onto area roads at the time.
Police say the man stopped his vehicle after she was struck, along with other motorists and witnesses, and tried to help her until paramedics got there.
Investigators say the investigation could take some time. Impaired driving has been ruled out, but police are still trying to determine if speed was a factor.
The roads were clear and dry at the time of the crash.