VINEYARD — Though only 6 years old, Annie Gonzalez's family describes her as humble, understanding and "wise beyond her years."
Family members shared memories of the kindergartener Friday in Vineyard, surrounded by pink ribbons tied throughout the neighborhood, and laid her to rest following a funeral on Saturday.
While riding her scooter Wednesday along Parkway Place near Vineyard Elementary School, Annie was hit and killed when she rode into the path of an SUV that was pulling out of a driveway.
Annie's older brother is in the Missionary Training Center preparing for a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He received permission to attend Saturday's funeral, her family said.
"Excuse my sadness. She left a void in my family's heart, my heart. It's something I can't help, it's inevitable. She was a loving girl, humble, understanding, perfect. My daughter was perfect," Ivan Gonzalez, Annie's father, said in Spanish.
Her older sister called Annie wise beyond her years. She always gave advice, hugs and comfort, according to Genesis Gonzalez.
"She was like my best friend. She was an angel. Everybody that knows her loved her because she was super kind," Genesis Gonzalez said. Annie "tried to be helpful with everybody, show love to everybody. She was very intelligent at school."
Though she was older than Annie, Genesis said their age difference didn't keep them from being best friends.3 comments on this story
"Every time that I wanted to go do something she would be like, 'Oh, I want to go with you,'" Genesis said.
But family members said they know they will see Annie again. They don't hold any anger toward the driver of the SUV and understand that it was a tragic accident.
The family recently moved from Venezuela to Utah seeking political asylum. Annie was the youngest of three children.
A vigil was also planned for Sunday evening at 8 p.m. at the Sleepy Ridge Golf Course, 730 S. Sleepy Ridge Drive.