VILLAGE OF SPRINGVILLE, N.Y. -- Alyssa Hearn's father, Christopher, described his daughter as a "beautiful little girl."
The young girl was killed when she was pinned under a school bus after exiting it on West Main Street near North Buffalo Street in the Village of Springville, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office.
Sunday, the Springville community came together for a vigil to honor her short life and to help grieving students and families.
They gathered at the Springville-Griffith High School football field at 1 p.m. with pink and purple balloons, which they released during the ceremony into the blue sky.
The Erie County Sheriff's Office says the incident remains under investigation.