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Family grieving over child lost in vehicle accident

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A memorial marks the spot where the accident occurred. (Lindsay Curtis/FOX5) A memorial marks the spot where the accident occurred. (Lindsay Curtis/FOX5)
A card left at the memorial. (Lindsay Curtis/FOX5) A card left at the memorial. (Lindsay Curtis/FOX5)
Censere Mosly-Wedermyer (Wedermyer family) Censere Mosly-Wedermyer (Wedermyer family)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A local family is grieving the tragic loss of a 6-year-old girl who was accidentally run over by her grandfather's car on Tuesday afternoon.

A small memorial now marks the spot where the child, Censere Mosly-Wedermyer, lost her life. Her family said that although she was only with them a short time, she made a big impact on their lives.

"She told me she wanted to be a football player because she was tough; she could hang out with the boys. She had a heart bigger than anybody in my household," said the child's uncle, Michael Gant.

Gant said the reality of losing his niece has yet to fully hit him.

"She had an old soul. She had a lot of love and a lot of support, and it's just ... I guess accidents happen," he said.

Gant and his family said they're traumatized by the loss of the kindergarten student, who was one of eight siblings living under the care of their grandparents.

Metro police said the girl's grandfather was leaving the house on Tuesday afternoon. He didn't see the girl leave the house and attempt to climb into the rear passenger seat of his Dodge Magnum.

"He told her to stay in the house. She had a habit of running out, chasing after her papa - that's what she calls her grandfather," Gant said. "My father's going through a lot right now, just with the whole burden of it, because he loved her so much."

Gant said his father will never be the same but that the family is finding strength in the belief that the child is now in a better place.

Family members are slowly arriving in Las Vegas from California. The family is hoping to lay the little girl to rest next week.

Because the girl's family does not have life insurance, an account has been set up for those wishing to donate to help cover her funeral expenses. The account is listed under the child's mother's name. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo bank. The account information is as follows:

  • Celest Wedermyer Memorial Fund
  • Account #1259247011

Police said the girl's grandfather is not facing charges.

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