Remembering Kylie Hornych: 'She taught us what unconditional love is'

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This photo of 11-year-old Kylie Hornych was displayed onstage at her memorial service Saturday morning. (KATU photo)

BEAVERTON, Ore. – Family and friends on Saturday remembered the life of an 11-year-old girl killed in a car crash earlier this month.

Kylie Hornych was hit and killed when a driver lost control of his car and crashed into her front yard in Aloha, Ore. Investigators have not determined why the driver lost control of the car.

Kylie had just finished her homework and was playing in with her younger sister, Kyrah.

Mourners filled the Westside Community Church in Beaverton Saturday morning to remember the girl whose family said brought so much joy to their lives.

“I thank you, the family thanks you, for coming to honor their little girl,” said Pastor Ken Wooten.

Kylie’s family and friends remembered her as loving, kind and generous. Her father, Daniel Hornych, said knowing that Kylie touched so many lives is a comfort for him.

“To me, she taught us what unconditional love is. And she always reminded me ‘we are one tribe, we are one family,’” said Hornych. “We learned a lot together.”

Hornych said he still can’t bring himself to look at all the pictures of his little girl he called “Smiley Kylie.”

“Remember when the heart breaks, it doesn’t break even, and sometimes it breaks forever,” he said. “For us, this is eternity.”

“Kylie’s legacy has the power to stay alive if we follow her example,” said her mother, Kellie Hornych. “To treat everyone how you want to be treated.”

Anyone who would like to help Kylie’s family with funeral expenses may donate to the “Kylie Hornych memorial fund” at any U.S. Bank branch.

“I hope this horrific tragedy brings people together, makes people think and makes people love,” said Kellie Hornych.