Prayer Vigil For Bridgeport Hit-And-Run Victims

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Crowded at the intersection of Highland and Washington avenues in Bridgeport, family, friends and the Bridgeport police chief came out for a prayer vigil for 6-year-old Diamond Battle and her aunt, Bennie Mae Smith. The two were victims of a hit and run Monday night.

Diamond was a first grade student at Waltersville Elementary in Bridgeport. Her principal Ann Debernard said the school is awaiting her return.

“Our whole school is crying. That’s the way we all feel about our kids,” she said. “She has a very beautiful face. She smiles and she’s always playing with her brother.”

Diamond is in critical condition, her aunt in stable. Diamond’s uncle, Richard Bonney, who is a city councilman, left her bedside to lend his support, and in return he got an outpouring of love.

“When tragedy hits you it’s always good to know that there’s someone to share that with, that you don’t have to feel the brunt of it by yourself,” he said.

Bonney said Thursday night Diamond opened her eyes for the first time and Friday she responded to questions.

Bridgeport Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr said his office has received leads, but nothing has led them to the driver. Anyone with any information is asked to call 203-576-8126. They are looking for the driver of a large, light-colored SUV that fled north on Washington Avenue toward Catherine Street after the hit and run Monday night.

Friends say a monetary donation system has been set up at Waltersville School. Checks can be made out to the school.

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