Candlelight vigil held in honor of Columbus fatal hit-and-run victim

Candlelight vigil held in honor of Columbus fatal hit-and-run victim

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Dozens gathered Tuesday night at the accident scene along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Columbus to honor the victim of Saturday's fatal hit-and-run, Kassandra "Kassie" Hollinhead.

What were flashes of police lights Saturday night became flashes of candles on Tuesday night.

Kassandra was crossing the street, coming from the Citgo gas station on MLK Jr. Boulevard when she was hit by two cars on Saturday, March 4. She died shortly after.

"I know that you and your mom are happy right now together. It happened way too soon, but you're where you need to be right now," said Roberta Itso during an emotional speech at the candle light vigil.

Roberta worked with Kassie at Logan's Restaurant. A group of her co-workers are credited for organizing the special vigil for a friend they say was full of life.

"We were at work. And we heard it not very long after it happened. Somebody looked at me and said, hey, do you remember Kassie, and I was like, you remember Kassie? Well let me tell you what happened and I was like, no, no. Everyone was like no, no!" said Itso.

Kassandra was a part of a work family at Logan's who say they will never forget her bright spirit, lively attitude and giving personality.

"Her spirit, she was never down, she was never upset. She was always uplifting. If you were upset, she would find a way to uplift you. She would find a way to make everyone she was around happy. Pure positivity," said Itso.

The amount of time her co-workers knew her varies from a few months to over 10 years, and they all say they consider Kassie family.

"Everybody is going to say whatever they want to say about the people they care about, but all these people are here today because they all know the same thing. She was that good of a person," said Itso.

Kassie's body has been sent to Atlanta for an autopsy. No funeral arrangements have been set at this time.

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