(08/21/12) - It's been almost one year since the tragic death of 13-year-old Misty Dawn Kurmas.
The teen was killed last September when a van, being chased by state police in Flint, hit her as she crossed Tobias Street at Saginaw on her to way to church.
With heavy hearts, Misty's family planned a benefit to honor a beloved daughter, sister and niece. Donations will help pay for her headstone.
"She loved to be around people, she was bubbly, she would love this here, I know," said Misty's sister Samantha Paul.
A day before what should have been her 14th birthday, Misty Dawn Kurmas' family came to Flint Baptist Temple. It's where Misty attended church. When she was killed last September, she was on her way there to pray.
"It happened in a school zone. It could be anyone's child, but God knew whose angel he wanted to take," said Misty's aunt Crystal Lash. "Tomorrow is her birthday, that will be another hard day, but I'm sure as a family we can all pull through and get through this together."
Misty's mom, Martha Walker was overwhelmed with the community's love and support.
"I was very thankful. I didn't think they would come out like that, I was surprised," she said.
Carla and Rusty Rioux didn't know Misty, but she still made an impact on their lives.
"She was just a baby," Carla said. "We thought we could have some lunch and help them. It just broke my heart, these people, I just feel for them."
Misty's story tugged at many hearts. Gary Stillwagon has young grandchildren of his own.
"I try to do what I can for the community when I get the chance. I thought that was reason enough. I hope they get a good turn out," Stillwagon said.
The family is hoping to raise about $6,000 to pay for her headstone.
If you were not able to make a donation in person, you can still do so at any Citizens Bank Branch.
Family members told ABC12 they can't thank the community enough for Tuesday's showing of support and love.
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