A candlelight vigil is set for 7 tonight in Oak Grove for 5-year-old MarQuana DeWayne' McClure, who died Friday after being struck by a pickup truck on Pembroke Oak Grove Road.
Neighbor and vigil organizer Candy Jones is asking everyone who wants to attend to bring a candle and meet at A Little Miracle day care at 6:45 p.m.
"We ask for everyone to come to the vigil tonight and wear pink, bring balloons, signs and stuffed animals," Jones said. "She liked pink and unicorns."
Jones said a cross with MarQuana's name on it will be placed at the scene of the wreck today, and she has purchased pink ribbons and balloons to hang throughout the mobile home park where she lived with her family.
"We're going to put pink signs and ribbons up through our mobile home park, so when they drive through they can see the support," she said.
According to a release from Kentucky State Police, two female juveniles, ages 5 and 11, were attempting to cross Pembroke Oak Grove Road, around the 700 block, when they stepped into the path of a 1992 Dodge Dakota pickup towing a trailer. The operator of the Dodge was Wanda Sydnor, 63, Russellville.
Jones said, after speaking with the family, the girls were going to the convenience store across the street. The 11-year-old was MarQuana's aunt.
"The (11)-year-old does this all the time," Jones said. "She takes her niece, they go to the store, they get a drink and some candy, and they come right back. The whole neighborhood does this; we've all did it."
Jones said she and her neighbors are starting a petition to get the speed limit lowered from 45 mph to 25 or 30 mph on that stretch the road.
"(45 mph) -- That's too fast, especially in this area," Jones said. "There's too many homes, too many people here."
Jones, a mother herself, said it could have easily been any child that it happened to, and she hopes the community will rally around a family who just lost their child.
Anyone who would like to pray or say kind words to the family this evening is invited to the vigil.
Jones said she talked with Marquana's parents this morning and told them she is organizing a meal train for them.
"We are doing that for the next seven days," Jones said. "That's one less thing they have to worry about."
Jones said she will deliver the meals to the family between 4 and 6 p.m. daily. Anyone who would like to donate a meal can contact Jones on Facebook.
A GoFundMe has also been set up to help with funeral costs. To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/MarQuanaMemorialFund?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet