FOREST GROVE, Ore. – The parents of two sisters who died after they were hit by a car while playing in a pile of leaves in Forest Grove Sunday night thanked the community in a statement on Tuesday.
“We want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support. We feel it, we really feel it. We made a point of hugging and loving our girls every chance we could. We just want to encourage you to hug your children. Hug and love your kids as often as you can. Our girls lived a love-drenched life. We know where they are now. We know they are together,” they said.
The Multnomah County Medical Examiner said that 11-year-old Abigail Robinson died Monday night. Robinson and her half-sister, Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, were hit near their home Sunday night by a car that drove off.
Dieter-Eckerdt, 6, died at the scene of the crash.
Police on Monday said they located the vehicle that hit the girls. No arrests have been made.
More than 300 people attended a candle light vigil for the girls on Monday night.
Dieter-Eckerdt’s elementary school principal, Angella Graves, said she was considerate of others, a hard worker and an eager learner.
Robinson attended Tom McCall Upper Elementary School. Her principal called her a positive, very fun student who always had a smile on her face.
The Forest Grove School District has grief counselors on hand at both schools. The counselors will be there as long as they are needed, the district said.
Robinson had just been picked to be in the upcoming musical, “Annie”, at the Theater in the Grove.
“It had just been cast recently and they actually had their first rehearsal Sunday,” said theater board member Ken Centers. “My understanding was Abby did attend. That was Sunday afternoon. They were rehearsing music and singing.”
The theater is holding a vigil Tuesday night.
Video: The sisters' school principals remember Anna and Abby