Uncle of 8-year-old victim of Detroit hit and run, Kamari Smith, to hold fundraiser

(WXYZ) - Kamari Smith's uncle, Antoine Brown, started a new fundraiser for his niece to be held May 30.

Kamari was just 8 years old when she was run over May 19 on Robeson on the city’s west side.

The fundraiser will be held at the Palms Night Club from 7 p.m. to midnight.

A vigil was just held for Kamari May 29 where they sang Amazing Grace for her. 

"Kamari is looking down, and I’m sure she’s happy to see everyone together for her. This is all for her, " says Brown.

Fifty people gathered, lit candles and released purple and white ballons, Kamari’s favorite colors. They gathered to remember the girl that loved to sing and eat sweets, run over by a speeding driver in the very spot where she was getting ice cream from an ice cream truck.

"Slow it down, you’ll get there, Take somebody’s child, son, daughter from them. You see we grieving from it, " says Brown.

Kamari died Sunday at a hospital from her injuries, the same day 23-year-old Courtney Shields, the driver and 18-year-old passenger Leonard Crosby were formally charged. On Wednesday, the men appeared in a video arraignment from 36th District Court. Shields learned he faces life in prison for second degree murder and leaving the scene. Crosby charged with being an accessory. Both found by police days after the crime.

"It gives it a little bit of ease of the pain, but I don’t think it will be satisfied until the judgment comes down," says family friend Ebony Owens.

Tonight’s vigil providing more than memories of the 8-year-old, gatherers vowing to send a message in Kamari’s name.

"That our children deserve the right to play outside and get ice cream when they want and not worry about some fools running them down in the streets,” says Keisha Brooks, a family friend.

Donations can be made to the Kamari Smith Donation Fund, in care of Deanna Heard at any Chase Bank location.

A fundraiser will be held at Triple B’s, 24200 Grand River, Detroit from 5-1pm June 3rd.

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