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Candelight vigil held for 10-year-old hit and killed in Akron

Christian was hit near his home on N. Arlington in Akron. (Source: WOIO) Christian was hit near his home on N. Arlington in Akron. (Source: WOIO)
Christian was going to church for activities with other children. (Source: Family) Christian was going to church for activities with other children. (Source: Family)
Known to family and friends as "Ray Ray," a candlelight vigil has been planned for Wednesday in his honor. (Source: Family) Known to family and friends as "Ray Ray," a candlelight vigil has been planned for Wednesday in his honor. (Source: Family)
The community gathered for a somber vigil the day after Christian's death. (Source: WOIO) The community gathered for a somber vigil the day after Christian's death. (Source: WOIO)
AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Family and friends of the 10-year-old boy who was killed after being hit by a car held a candlelight vigil Wednesday night.

According to the Akron Police Department, Christian Swisher, of Akron, was killed Tuesday afternoon when he was running across the street. He was struck by an SUV traveling northbound driven by a 17-year-old girl from Copley. It happened in front of their home at 98 N. Arlington. The elementary student was heading to church for dinner with a group of friends when he was hit in the middle of the street. He did not use a crosswalk.

"They go there just to play games and hang out and eat dinner with all the church people," said Christian's mother, Cassandra Swisher.

Christian, known to his nine siblings as "Ray Ray," was transported to Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron, where he later died.

His mother found out about the accident while at the store. 

"I got a phone call at the store my son got hit. I ran out the store and came here. When I got here, my son was laying up under an SUV, under the tire," she said. 

Police told our reporter Scott Taylor that speed and alcohol were not factors. They are calling this a "tragic accident." The teen driver is not expected to be charged.

The community came together near the Arlington home to remember Christian with tears and prayers.

"I don't understand how you do not see a child crossing the road at daylight," said Swisher. 

The family is now trying to figure out how to pay for his funeral.

"Just very outgoing. Just loved everybody. Friendly with everybody. You know, typical boy," said Swisher.

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