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The circumstances of the accident that killed an 11-year-old girl in Louisville, Mississippi, remain uncertain, but the impact on those who loved her is clear as they recall a girl who “would light up any room you walked in.”
Sydnee Claire Stokes was killed Tuesday in an accident. Louisville Police Chief Sean Holdiness said an SUV struck the girl near a mailbox at about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to WTVA-TV.
The girl was taken to a hospital, but she died there.
Her father, Jay Stokes, posted photos of his daughter on his Facebook page and wrote a heartfelt message.
“I don’t know why you had to leave this earthly body so soon, but everyone has their purpose in life. Sydnee Claire apparently you had used your time up. You are dancing in heaven tonight. I’m so jealous,” he wrote.
“You will always be my #1. You were loved [by] everyone and had an unforgettable personality. This is something no parent is supposed to go through. The calls and messages have meant so much, please forgive me if I don’t respond,” he wrote.
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