5-year-old girl, mother remembered after tragic accident in Garfield Heights

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio-- They laughed; they cried; they shared memories and pain.
Loved ones gathered Friday night to remember a mother and her five-year-old daughter who were killed when they were struck by a car while trying to cross the street.

With heavy hearts, family and friends carried stuffed animals and balloons as they gathered at the corner of East 131st Street and Rexwood Avenue in Garfield Heights.

Dozens of loved ones held a candlelight vigil to remember 33-year-old Tiffany Montgomery and her daughter, Kionna Hayward.

Police said on Saturday evening, Tiffany and her two daughters were trying to cross the street when Tiffany and Kionna were struck by a car and killed. Her other daughter survived.

"It's not easy for neither of us-- my mother, my father, my sisters and brothers," said Tiffany’s brother, Jay Montgomery.

Investigators said the driver was a 53-year-old Cleveland man. They do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved.

"She was a great mother, great, great, truly, like she put her kids first," said friend, Johnny Lumpkin.

"My sister, she was never a negative person; she was always full of life, full of energy, full of support and she would give that to anybody. I mean, she would give her last if she had it," said Montgomery.

"If it could happen to someone with a spirit as beautiful, bubbly and bright as Tiffany, someone who pushed to be better every day for her kids, it could happen to anybody," said friend, Damaya Jones.

Family and friends shared funny stories and fond memories of Tiffany, including her love for Bruno Mars and the King of Pop.

"You want to celebrate my sister's life, you go put on a glove and you gonna have to rock it out with Michael Jackson," said Tiffany’s sister, Linda Brown.

They remembered Kionna as full of energy and full of life.

"She just brings a smile to everybody's face, every time you see her; it's just a real bright smile," said Montgomery.

"Things happen, you know and as unfortunate as it is, you know, she's in a better place now," said Jones.

The vigil ended with everyone releasing balloons into the sky.

Tiffany and Kionna will be laid to rest on Tuesday.

No charges have been filed.

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