Candles were light to honor Alyssa Elsman Friday night in Paw Paw. People gathered for a a vigil for the 18 year old from Portage killed by the man who drove up on the sidewalk in New York City this week.
The vigil was in Paw Paw at the Amphitheater because that's where her father, Tommy, lives. He was a DJ for years at a popular nightclub and still runs a bar in town.
After the vigil participants also dropped money into some coffee cans that were passed around. There is also a Go fundme page to help the family.
Elsman died Thursday when a man drove his car down the sidewalk for three blocks into the heart of New York City's theater district, hitting 23 people. Police say the driver is a Navy veteran from the Bronx who was captured at the scene and arrested.
Tommy spoke with an WABC, an affiliate station out of New York, and said that Elsman died instantly from a neck injury. Elsman's sister was injured in the incident and is recovering, slowly becoming aware of what happened.
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May 19, 2017 at 6:33pm PDT