More than a hundred people gathered outside Savannah Gomez’ home Sunday for a candlelight vigil held in honor of the six-year-old girl.
Gomez died Friday night after a long battle with brain cancer.
Those who knew her, or came to know her through social media, said she lived a very full life
“It's just great to be able to see that people loved her as much as we did and they fell in love with a little girl that we always knew and we loved dearly,” said Giselda Barrera, a family friend.
“She had an amazing childhood. She met Selena Gomez. She had a room made especially for her. She had an amazing birthday party. All of her wishes came true,” said another family friend, Melissa Rivas.
Meeting Selena Gomez was a wish that was on Savannah’s bucket list.
Her parents had her make the list in an effort to give their daughter a semblance of a normal childhood as she fought her disease.
“They wanted to be able to fulfill every wish she had because they were trying to maybe make up for the fact that they didn’t have any control over the illness, how rapid it was going to be and the outcome,” said Barrera. “I think, for them, it was some type of satisfaction.”
Savannah’s parents said they would continue to raise awareness for childhood cancer as a way to help their daughter’s legacy live on.
Rivas, who is close to Savannah and her family, said the girl was able to teach people much older than her the true meaning of strength in the face of adversity.
“I’m going to remember her fight,” Rivas said. “She taught me a lot and I’m an adult. I’m never going to forget her fight.”