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Vegas community holds vigil for middle school student struck, killed by vehicle

Posted at 10:35 PM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 02:46:19-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A heartbroken community came together Wednesday night to remember a 12-year-old Faiss Middle Schools student who was killed Monday.

“We are surrounded literally by everyone who loved him and everyone whose life was touched by Jonny," a participant told 13 Action News.

Inside Faiss Community Park a vigil was held to remember Jonathan Smith after he was killed in a crash Monday.

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The 12-year-old was struck by a vehicle when he was attempting to cross the street near the park.

Jonathan’s middle school was also just feet away from where the collision happened.

And many of his classmates were at Wednesday's vigil.

“Remember him, carry him in your heart, he’s always going to be apart of our school,” Faiss Middle School Principal Roger West said. “Tomorrow when you wake up, and you have a chance to leave a legacy for Jonny do so in a way that would make him proud."

Hundreds in attendance put candles and phones in the air to symbolize Jonny's light.

Jonathan's best friend Dexter and Anthony also spoke.

“To see him come to his fate that quick, on that day, what happened was was just way too quick," Dexter said. “I’m thankful for every moment shared with him.”

Clark County transportation officials will be conducting a study at the intersection where Jonathan was killed to see if any changes were needed, as a crosswalk does not exist currently at that spot.

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Smith's family has an active GoFundMe page.