Family and friends hold vigil for 6-year-old struck and killed by SUV

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UPDATE: Counselors were at the Edison PreK-6 building Monday to speak with students and staff as the community grieves the loss of Genae.

A statement from the district said her little classmates don't fully understand the situation, but they are there to give any emotional support they can.

The building family said they are deeply saddened by the tragedy, and offer condolences, prayers and support to her family.

A traffic crash report says Genae "unexpectedly darted" into the roadway, resulting in her being hit.

No arrests have been made in the crash and no charges have been filed.


DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) -- Family and friends gathered on Ingram Street in Dayton to remember 6-year-old Genae Taste on Saturday evening.

Taste was struck and killed by an SUV while family members say she was crossing the street on Friday.

"Gee Gee was energetic," Portia Johnson, Genae's mother, said. "She had the most brightest, beautiful smile, the most biggest eyes."

Family members hugged, cried and prayed for Genae.

"I think she needs to be remembered for who she is and it's great to see people showing support for the family in this awful time," Paige Johnson-McGill, Genae's cousin, said.

"She's going to be greatly missed," Toni Johnson, Genae's aunt, said. "She brought joy to so many lives in the short time she was here. It's just a tragedy."

Police said Genae was playing in the street when she was hit by the car on Ingram Street. She was transported to Dayton Children's, where she died from her injuries.

A 24-year-old woman was in custody in connection with the crash on Friday.

Genae's mom says that woman called her to apologize for what happened.

Police said on Friday that it's possible she could face charges, but it was still early in the investigation.

The family is asking for donations to help pay for funeral expenses through a GoFundMe page.

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