MANATEE -- The same stretch of road where Gracie Moreno ran Thursday afternoon, carrying her daughter and screaming for help was crowded Friday night by those honoring the life of 4-year-old Daisylee Martinez.
Dozens gathered for the candlelight vigil a day after the young girl was killed after she was accidentally struck by a car driven by her mother outside their Samoset home.
A neighbor hurried toward the hysterical Moreno and attempted CPR. Daisylee was rushed to Blake Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.
Balloons, cards, candles and stuffed animals lined the fence at the home on the 2500 block of 34th Avenue East. Tears were shed by friends and family of all ages.
Many knelt before the fence, quietly sharing condolences. Several prayers were recited to those assembled.
Daisylee's father, Benito Martinez, accompanied Moreno. He held her tightly as she cried, whispering words of love and apology.
Daisylee's grandmother, Connie Martinez, said she keeps telling herself to wake up from this bad dream. The family is hurting, she said.
"I told her (Moreno) to be strong, but she said, 'I can't. I miss her,'" Martinez said.
Daisylee is remembered as a smart girl who loved her puppy, flowers and princesses.
"She liked to climb that tree house," Martinez said, pointing to the perched shelter. "She liked to say, 'I'm Rapunzel,' and she would let down her long hair. She was always saying her dad was a prince. She thought she'd get married some day."
Lt. Greg Bueno of the Florida Highway Patrol said the investigation could take 30 to 60 days to complete.
"One part of the investigation is going to be looking at the mechanical aspect of the vehicle," he said.
No charges have been filed.