OCOEE, Fla. – Family, friends and even strangers attended a fundraiser for 10-year-old Aubrey Clark's family just days after she died from injuries she sustained in a hit-and-run.
The event was organized by co-workers of Clark's dad, an Osceola County firefighter. The family had hoped the fundraiser would go toward Aubrey's treatment, but they made the devastating decision to take her off life support Thursday night.
Organizers still held the event as planned at the Mulberry Street Bar and Grill in Avalon Park. They called it a celebration of Aubrey's life and put their sadness aside to honor her.
Dan Oliver, who organized the event, said tens of thousands of dollars have already been raised for the Clarks, who now plan to start a foundation in Aubrey's name.
Danny Clark, Aubrey's father, stopped by the event Sunday to thank the dozens of people who have helped his family and shown support in their time of grief.
He recalled happy memories of his daughter.
"She was just beautiful, full of life, always giving trying to help somebody?," he said.
Grief counselors will be at Citrus Elementary on Monday as students return to school, according to county schools officials.
Meanwhile, Ocoee police said it's possible they will add vehicular homicide to the charges driver Lastevie Howard faces. He's currently out on bond after police charged him with reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.