Dozens gathered to remember 3-year-old Emily Kay on Thursday. (Doug Johnson/FOX5)
HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -
Thursday night was emotional and difficult for the family and friends of a 3-year-old killed in an automobile wreck on Monday.
Dozens gathered at Pebble Park in Henderson, near the site of the wreck, lighting candles to honor the child's life.
Emily Kay was only 3, but her short life touched many. The child's grandfather, Brian Kay, attended, speaking out against flashing yellow lights and the car seat which may have lead to Emily Kay's death.
"I'll just never forget, man. Just standing at that door, (she) just turned around and smiled at me," Brian Kay said. "Then she started digging into my pockets for candy or gum or whatever."
Police said the little girl was riding in the back of her father's car in a booster seat when they were hit by an SUV making a sudden left turn on a flashing yellow light.
"You don't get to turn left when they're blinking," Brian Kay said.
The child's mother and babysitter tried not to focus on how she died, but instead on how she lived.
"A bubble of fun. That is the best way to put it. She was always smiling and playing," said Nichole Klein, Emily Kay's babysitter.
"I didn't know I touched so many lives. I didn't know my daughter did. Now that I can see everybody in front of me, it's amazing," said Emily Kay's mother, Tiffany Kay.
Those gathered released purple and pink balloons into the air, Emily Kay's favorite colors.
Brian Kay said his granddaughter also loved Disney films and Barbie dolls, Christmas gifts she never got to enjoy.
"The hardest thing now is walking into the house and seeing everything that I got her," he said.
Police originally said Emily was not properly restrained in her booster seat, but Brian Kay said the investigation now suggests the opposite. He believes whiplash killed his granddaughter and blames poor car seat product design.
"Any parent that has a child that's going to put them in a car without any kind of head restraint is fooling themselves," he said.
Emily Kay's father, Casey Barringer, is still in the hospital, recovering from two broken femurs and a crushed ankle.
The driver of the SUV only suffered minor injuries.
On Saturday, the family of Emily Kay will be holding a fundraiser at Hammer's Bar and Grill from noon until 4 p.m. The bar and restaurant is located at 771 E. Horizon Dr. in Henderson.
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