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Funeral held for Bradenton girl killed in hit and run crash
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Palmetto, Florida - It's an unspeakable tragedy when parents are forced to bury a child, but that was the case on Saturday morning after a Bradenton couple's 5-year-old daughter was hit by a car while trying to cross a busy road in Bradenton back on December 5th.

Her parents, Sherley Mathieu and Kevin Samuel, say what makes the tragedy even worse is that they know the man police say is responsible for the crash. Detectives with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office say Kieron James didn't even bother to stop to try to help their child.

The funeral held at Bible Baptist Church in Palmetto was a celebration of Kimora "Kimmie" Samuel's life through song, praise, and worship. Pictures were shown through a slide show to give a glimpse into her life. Her family, friends, and classmates watched as her little white casket, with an arrangement of pink and white flowers, was closed.

The grief was just too much, though, for several people, especially knowing how she died. Samuel was hit and killed on December 5th as she and her 15-year-old aunt were trying to cross U.S. 41 just south of 34th Avenue in Bradenton.

Kieron James turned himself in two days later saying he hit her, according to detectives.

It turns out Kimora's father, Kevin, knows James and says he just saw him about a month ago. He says that's what makes the death of his beloved daughter so hard to take.

Kimmie's presents are still under the Christmas tree at home. Her mother says the one thing she wanted more than anything else was an Easy-Bake Oven. Sherley Mathieu was at the store shopping for it when Kimmie was hit.

The pastor of Bible Baptist Church, Reverend Sirrnest Webster, told family and friends that something good will come out of something so tragic. He told the crowd, "See, the enemy thinks this is for bad, but God means it for good. Somebody will be healed, delivered, and set free before the day is out."

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