The chapel at Mission Park North was filled with friends, family and classmates of Tatyana Babineaux on Thursday, saying goodbye to the little girl remembered for her joy of life.
The 9-year-old was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on her way to Larkspur Elementary.
Laura Rodriguez, a co-worker of Tatyana’s mother, said she was touched to see so many people join Tatyana’s family at the memorial service.
“(There was a) great outpouring (of) love and support, so I’m appreciative of that, because that’s when they need it,” Rodriguez said.
Angelica Rodriguez said she felt compelled to attend, even though she had only followed the story on the news.
“I don’t know how it feels to lose a child, but I can imagine, because I have little ones her age,” Rodriguez said.
Father Dennis Arechiga of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church told the gathering that nothing can change what occurred that morning.
He said instead, they should remember Tatyana herself, “her beauty, her goodness and the hope that we have she is at the side of our Good Shepherd.”
Several people at the service already were aware the hit and run suspect in Tatyana’s death had been extradited to San Antonio less than 24 hours earlier.
Isidro Solis Espinosa was caught by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at one of the international bridges in Laredo. He tried to re-enter the country with other pedestrian traffic.
Solis remains in the Bexar County Jail under a $75,000 bond, the charge for now is failure to stop and render aid. Federal authorities also have placed an immigration hold on Solis.
“I hope justice is served,” Rodriguez said after the service. “Maybe the family can have some peace.”