A Northwest Side community continues to mourn the death of 9-year-old Tatyana Babineaux, who was the victim of a hit-and-run Wednesday morning.
Passersby dropped off balloons and teddy bears at the site where she was struck and killed. Others stood in silence, holding onto each other while saying a prayer.
"My son wanted to do a little prayer for her so we did a little prayer, and she's in a better place, and my daughter left her a little butterfly so that the butterfly can go with her," said Jeanette Lara, whose son went to school with Babineaux.
Lara lives in a nearby apartment complex. She said traffic near the 18000 block of Braesview -- where the accident occurred -- has always been a problem and a concern.
"It's like a highway to (drivers). I've lived in the apartments right across the street going on four years, and it's a lot of traffic. I don't understand why they don't have a patrol at the corner," said Lara.
Lara wasn't alone in feeling this way.
Jay has lived there for four years. He said police have to do something before something similar happens again.
"It would be nice to have more of a police presence out to help curb a little bit and just be out here randomly," said Jay, as he paid his respects.
A makeshift memorial has also been set up in Babineaux's memory near the accident scene, and a family friend created a GoFundMe.com webpage requesting donations that will be passed on to Babineaux's family.
The person who hit Babineaux has not been apprehended by police.