Family holds vigil for 16-year-old girl hit, killed by car

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — The family of a teenager who died after being hit by a car last week held a candlelight vigil in her honor Sunday night.

Camaya Harris, 16, died Friday morning after she was hit by a car turning into a parking space. The accident happened at an apartment complex on Kingsgate Circle as Harris was headed to the school bus.

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Gwinnett County Fire said Harris died at the scene just feet from her front door.

Family told Channel 2 Action News that it was Harris’ first day in ROTC at South Gwinnett High School and she was in full uniform dress for her first day of inspection.

“It makes me happy to see all these young people here. Hopefully this will open their minds, and take things that life is not guaranteed at all,” Harris’ cousin Charles Staley told Channel 2′s Michele Newell at the vigil. “That any moment you could be away from your family.”


The community hosted a vigil and balloon release in Harris’ honor at 6 p.m. Sunday on Kingsgate Circle.

The family has set up a GoFundMe to help cover Harris’ funeral expenses.

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It’s unclear if the driver who hit the teen is facing any charges.