“Very sad ‘cause she’s in the same class that I used be in first grade,” says nine-year-old Genesis, Sheyla Pichardo’s schoolmate.
“When I came out of school and discovered it (her death), I came crying here.”
Everyone is feeling the weight of the heartbreak.
“It’s very tragic for me to think of the little girl,” says West New York resident, Marta Taborda through a translator. “The other cars, people are driving need to be more careful.”
Violence can cause great reflection.
“It was very scary for her and her mom but I think she’s with G-d now and G-d is gonna protect her,” says 10-year-old Jefferson, another Sheyla schoolmate.
When it comes to the suspect, he says the police need to teach Fabian Rodriguez Calles a lesson.
“About not to kill kids with a car,” Jefferson says.
Ivan witnessed the traumatic incident.
“I couldn’t do anything,” says the 11-year-old, another Sheyla schoolmate. “I saw her right on the ground.
“It’s dangerous what happened. It was really sad. I feel bad for the parents.”
The coldblooded actions of one man hit home.
“Really, really hurtful, not just for the parents. I can just imagine how they are at this moment,” says West New York resident, Jessica Merino. “I mean, I’m a mother and I could just be put in their shoes.
“I think it’s really, really, really sad ‘cause she was just a little girl. She was just beginning to live life.”