Vigil held in honor of mother killed in Tippin Elementary accident

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The deadly pedestrian crash at Tippin Elementary has left several El Pasoans in mourning.

A mother, Kharisma James, died after being stuck by a driver while trying to protect her kids and another child.

The community held a vigil at a local church in honor of the three Tippin Elmentary students: Jasmin Holland, Justus Holland and Athindra Kumar, who were injured in a crash. This comes after police said a driver accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brakes.

"This was a horrible tragedy and when tragedies happen, sometimes it's an opportunity to unite and come together as a community," said Andi Janoe, who is a mother of a student at Tippin Elementary.

Both Justus and Jasmin, who are the children of James, attended the vigil along with their father.

“Kharisma, I remember when I met you and you told me your name was Kharisma and you said yes that's who I am. We are going to be here for your family," said Chivonne Cook who is a mother at Tippin Elementary.

Co-workers, friends and church member shared memories of their time with James.

The audience listened in tears as a member of the James family got up to speak about James and their appreciation of the love shown to them by the community.

The vigil ended with the community surrounding the family of the victims.

The memorial for James will be held on Monday.

According to the family, Athindra was recently taken off of the ventilator and is now breathing on his own.

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