ORLANDO, FL— She's being described as funny, smart, and loving. A community remembered 10 year old Marisol Gonzalez Saturday night. She was struck and killed by an OUC truck. Gonzalez was walking home from school when investigators say the truck struck her on December 2nd.
Francisco Gonzalez could barely stand as he talked with us about burying his little angel, that's how he describes her now. He hopes people will remember her big smile and the importance of being an organ donor. Her family donated her organs to help save six different children.
"She was a very, very, bright girl, very intelligent, very lovable, she got along with everybody," said Marisol's father Francisco Gonzalez.
10-year old Marisol Gonzalez was remembered and honored at The Potter's House church off Pershing Avenue Saturday evening.
"There are no words that you can say to take away the pain but basically that she's in a better place," said Pastor Rocky Alvarez.
Family, friends, Orlando Firefighters, and her classmates attended the memorial service. They brought flowers, teddy bears, and balloons that read "princess." Marisol's father says he will never forget the last day he saw her alive, on December 2nd.
"I will never forget the day that I dropped her off from school. When we said goodbye, like we always do, we gave each other a kiss and said I love you," said Francisco as he was fighting back tears.
When she was walking home from school detectives say an Orlando Utilities Commission truck was making a left turn and hit an oncoming van. The crash left her with severe brain damage. She was taken off of life support on Wednesday.
"We all have a purpose in life and maybe Marisol's purpose with us here on Earth was fulfilled and God said it was time to go with me," said the mother Marisol's classmate Carol Paulino.
Paulino says her daughter was devastated. They were in the same class learning English. Prayers and faith has been keeping this family together. Francisco says even though he's lost his daughter, they've given life to 6 other kids.
"There's always an opportunity to give life. We lost our little one and it hurts us very much but we must continue giving life to others so they won't suffer like how we're suffering," said Francisco Gonzalez.
The Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash. Charges are pending. Marisol will be buried in Puerto Rico. The family has set up a fund to help pay her funeral costs. If you'd like to help you can go to www.giveforward.com and the fund is under "Marisol's Miracle Fight."