TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (ABC4 News) – Friends and family of Victoria Hillman gathered at Bennion Jr. High School to remember the young girl killed on Halloween, when a vehicle hit her while she was trick-or-treating with her friends.
“She was funny, she had a good sense of humor and she was awesome,” said Ethan Phillips.
While Carsen Phillips added, “She was funny, nice, nice girl. She was never mean to anyone. She was always there for somebody.”
Tonight, those memories of a great girl were on everyone’s minds as friends and family said their tearful goodbyes to a girl so loved and full of life. While holding candles, and bringing bouquets of flowers, many struggling with the loss of their friend.
“You see her in the halls, you had classes with her, saw her everyday, but now you never see her again,” said Phillips.
Victoria died after a car hit her Saturday night while out trick-or-treating with friends as loved ones made their way up the steps at Bennion Jr. High School, to a memorial for Victoria, it wasn’t just the students that felt the loss, but parents whose prayers are with her family.
“I couldn’t imagine losing such a bright soul like she was, and she is to me. And we had to be here. No matter what we need to show support for the mom, and the dad and show them how much love is out there waiting for them if they need it,” said Joey Howard.
A picture of Victoria and her dad overlooking the ocean with the message, “A Father’s Love,” displays on his Facebook page tonight. As friends and family take comfort in the the arms of those who knew and loved Victoria. Parents hope those kids can get the help they need in dealing with the loss of their friend. And say if they could turn back time, they would do it to bring back Victoria.
West Valley City Police have taken over the investigation. Police say the driver of the vehicle remained on scene and was fully cooperating. But it appears that it this was just a tragic accident.