FAIRVIEW, Ore. --Family and friends paid tribute to a 10-year-old girl who died under mysterious circumstances. Nearly 60 people gathered in a cul-de-sac not too far from a Fairview apartment where Miranda Crockett died.
Miranda s father, Daniel Crockett said he s thankful for everyone s compassion and grateful that so many children are helping raise money for his family.
This week, police arrested Chandra Rose, Crockett s live-in girlfriend. Rose is accused of mistreatment and reckless endangerment. So far, investigators have only said Miranda s death is suspicious.
They wanted to remember the way the vibrant little girl lived and not what happened overshadow her life. Each person wore pink ribbons with her initials. Her father, Daniel Crockett said pink was Miranda s favorite color.
Among the crowd was Stephenie Smith who organized the candlelight vigil to honor the 5th grader. Smith s daughter and Miranda used to play together.
She was a very spunky full of energy happy little girl. No matter what was going on in her life during hard times or good, she always had a smile on her face, Smith said.
That infectious smile is how Brittany Bishop remembered her neighbor.
I always saw her running around playing on the playground with her beautiful smile and stuff, Bishop said.
Brittany, who is 13 years old, and her friends went door to door in the rain to help raise money for Miranda s funeral. They gathered $133.22 in two-and-half hours.
I was like happy because they cared about her, Bishop said.
Her death has been difficult for many to cope with.
I know my daughter has had a lot of fears and a lot of emotional rollercoaster this week and really hard as a parent to explain why this happened and how this happened to make you feel safe, Smith said.
Late Saturday evening, former classmates and neighborhood children released balloons to honor the vibrant and beautiful blue-eyed girl they ll always remember.
A memorial service will be held for Miranda Crockett at City Bible Church on Dec. 15 at 3 p.m.