Young Girl Laid to Rest

March 18, 2008 8:01:30 PM PDT
The young girl killed while crossing Blackstone Avenue last week was laid to rest Tuesday.The death of a child is always hard to fathom. Cathya Torres had just turned 14 when she was killed trying to cross Blackstone near Shields last week. She was making her way to Fort Miller Middle School.

Tuesday morning hundreds packed Saint John's Cathedral in Downtown Fresno. Cathya's Uncle Haritt Gonzalez says her seven siblings will miss out on the good example she set for them.

Haritt Gonzalez: "She definitely gave them a lot of guidance that a big sister should give to her all her siblings."

"She was definitely a very good student so having that as an example is going to hurt them."

Her friends tell me they imagined Cathya's life years from now filled with laughter and strength. Strength they will now have to draw on as they work to create a safety zone where she died.

"We're starting a petition to see about putting a fence or overpass for pedestrians."

"We're going to continue to investigate that and pushing for something to make a difference there so nobody else goes through the same tragedy as our family is going through right now."

Her family wants to work with the City of Fresno on the project.

"Cause some of them they don't use the crosswalk."

Now even in her death friends say Cathya is still setting an example of how to turn something tragic into something positive.

Juliana Lara, Cathya's Friend: "Ever since that happened we're going to use crosswalks, of course. So we're going to be way more careful."


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