|Published:||Jun 28, 2010 12:27 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 27, 2010 9:27 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Community members ride in support of the family of a seven year old girl hit and killed by a car in Cape Coral.
Abigail Janssen was killed earlier this month. Sunday, a cookout and poker run was held in her honor.
"It's been a very sad situation for all of us, and, this is just all of her friends, getting together and doing something for them," said fundraiser organizer Chili Pinheiro.
Pictures of Janssen are up inside Bottles Lounge on Del Prado Boulevard. In one photo, her parents Chris and Mandy sit beside her. Now a tremendous void is left behind, as Abigail was their only child. Friends gathered to show compassion and support, and also to raise money to help with funeral costs.
"She was their world, they were all very close," said family friend Renee Schad. "Chris was just a wonderful dad, she's a great mom and, they had special things that they did together. It's just so hard to think about losing a child that way."
Abigail was killed in a Cape Coral neighborhood on June 2nd. Police say she and a cousin were lying on their stomachs, playing on skateboards, when they rode from their driveway into the street. At the same time, a Ford F-150 driven by 27 year old Jacob Amann was on the road. The girls collided with the truck.
According to reports, Amann hit the brakes and swerved, but it was too late. His front tire had run over Abigail Janssen, killing her.
As the healing process for Abigail's parents proves to be an unfathomable challenge, friends like Renee Schad vow to be there every step of the way.
"They come together for a loss like this and everybody had just been so wonderful, so giving, and so caring, it was just amazing," Schad said.
There will be another benefit to the family of Abigail Janssen on July 17th at the Skyline Eagles Club. The total amount raised from Sunday's event was more than $2,000 dollars.