COVENTRY TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) - A community is in mourning after four children were struck by a vehicle Sunday. Two of them died as a result of their injuries.
Family members and friends at the scene of the crash identified the two girls killed as Amber Thoma and Taylor Galloway. One of the other children, a seventh-grade boy, remains in critical condition at a local hospital.
A memorial of stuffed animals, flowers, notes and balloons continues to grow at the site where the girls were killed. Throughout the day, kids, their young faces etched in grief, showed up to support each other and pay respects.
"The family is just, you know, they're lost right now. They don't know -- you lose your children and then the next day you wake up and you wish it was all a dream," said Kara Burks, a friend of Amber's family. "There's a lot of people hurt by this -- the families involved, just pray for them and when they reach out, be there for them, because that's the best thing to happen is them to have support."
Tina Norris, the principal of Coventry Middle School, described the two young women as, vibrant, intelligent, beautiful young ladies.
Norris said that there will be classes Tuesday at the school district, and that there will also be grief counselors on hand at the elementary, middle, and high schools. The eighth grade graduation scheduled for Tuesday night will be rescheduled.
"It is very difficult to believe that they are gone. We are strong and we will pull our community together to support our kids and families and make sure that we're all OK," said Norris.
In the neighborhood where the kids were killed, neighbors said that kids frequently walk along South Main Street, along a busy road with no sidewalks.
"It's devastating, very devastating. They need to get sidewalks. They need to make so it that these kids around here can walk to the park instead of being hit," said Burks.
Candles filled Ingleside Park in Coventry Township Monday night as about 200 people gathered to honor the two girls.
Amber Thoma's older brother Christian says he's still in shock.
"I told myself a thousand times I hope I wake up from this dream, I'm still wrapping my head around it," he said. "She's dedicated, she loved what she did, she played sports and was an outgoing person.
Christian has this message for drivers.
"Please pay attention, don't drink and drive, text and drive, you're not only hurting yourself, you're hurting multiple families," he said.
Two GoFundMe accounts have been set up in the girls' names to help their families.