EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW)– Family, friends and classmates gathered in East Cleveland to remember a 13-year-old girl.
Tamia Chappman, a sixth-grader who went by Mimi, was walking home from Superior Elementary School when she was hit by a car and killed.
“She was an amazing person. She was friendly, she was kind. She always wanted to help people,” a young boy told the crowd at a vigil on Sunday. “To all the family members out here and all the people that are affected, I want to say, something like this has happened to me before and I know you can get through it. If I can get through it, you can too.”
Several staff members from Superior also attended the vigil to express their condolences and support to Chappman’s family.
The violent crash started with a carjacking outside the Target on West 117th Street in Cleveland Friday afternoon. Investigators said an off-duty officer witnessed the crime and followed the suspects, who headed onto Interstate 90 east.
Police chased the stolen car, which crashed on Euclid Avenue in East Cleveland. A 15-year-old boy was arrested at the scene. The second suspect fled on foot.
East Cleveland Councilman Ernest Smith said he’s urging city of Cleveland leaders to make serious changes in its police department’s chase policy.
“I will make it our duty with community members, any people period, because this affects us all, and all of us are Mimi,” Smith said.
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