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‘She was a vibrant little girl’: El Paso family mourns as 7-year-old struck, killed is laid to rest

7-year-old Alexa Barrera was laid to rest Monday at Memory Gardens Cemetery following funeral services after being struck and killed last week while crossing the street in front of Robert’s Elementary School in west El Paso.

The family and friends of Barrera are heart broken. They described her as a young vibrant girl taken too soon.

“You don’t expect to be planning a funeral for a child,” said Joel Meraz, one of Alexa’s uncles.

“A life was taken in the middle of the crosswalk on the street. How many more do there need to be killed out there, in the street, in a school zone where there supposed to be safe? No more,” Meraz said.

Meraz said Alexa was a happy girl who lived everyday to the fullest.

“We were watching videos and it was nice to see how much of a character she was in the videos as far as recording her as she was attempting to do some selfies and telling us to go away to stop video taping her while she was doing selfies smiling,” Meraz said.

Alexa loved bright colors, her sunny yellow glasses made it known everyday.

“She picked out this color and mixed it a yellow with a pink and put it on, and she was happy, she enjoyed it,” Meraz said. “She didn’t care what anybody thought about her. That’s the way we want to remember her.”

El Paso police said the driver involved in the accident, 26-year-old Marisol Cervantes, has not been charged and there’s still no word on whether she will face any charges.

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