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Vigil held for mom and children killed in deadly Bedford crash

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Memorial for mom and daughters killed in Bedford accident Memorial for mom and daughters killed in Bedford accident
Zalakah and Maria Thorpe (SOURCE: Family friend) Zalakah and Maria Thorpe (SOURCE: Family friend)
Zumahya and Maria Thorpe (SOURCE: Family friend) Zumahya and Maria Thorpe (SOURCE: Family friend)
Zariah Roberts (SOURCE: Family friend) Zariah Roberts (SOURCE: Family friend)
Zyanah Roberts and Maria Thorpe (SOURCE: Family friend) Zyanah Roberts and Maria Thorpe (SOURCE: Family friend)
BEDFORD, OH (WOIO) -

The Bedford community continues to mourn the loss of a mother and her two children that were killed on March 29th

More than a hundred attendee's came out to the family's Maple Heights neighborhood for a vigil to show support for the family.

Balloons and stuffed animals fill the steps outside of Maria Thorpe's home on Watson Ave.

Friends and neighbors are still adding to the memorial three days after she was struck and killed by a driver who ran a red light in Bedford.

Maria Thorpe, who was pregnant, and her four daughters were on their way home when a vehicle struck their car at a high speed killing mom and her two youngest daughters, Zariah Roberts, 8, and Zyanah Roberts, 5.

"I still really haven't grasped it yet," said Nicole Thorpe, Maria's cousin.

The surviving members of the family are Maria's two older daughters, Zumahya Thorpe, 10 who is in critical condition at Rainbow Babies and Children and Zalakah Thorpe, 12, who suffered only minor physical injuries.

"I can't imagine what my daughter went through.  That moment.  That second. I don't know. And to be honest, I don't know if I'm strong enough to even know.  I just want to know that they're happy with that man up there, " says Kevin Roberts, father of Zariah and Zyanah Roberts.

Bedford Police say 48 year old Eric Calhoun of Warrensville Heights, failed to stop at a red light at the intersection and slammed into the family's car.

Bedford Police say Calhoun has been charged with four counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, a felony of the third degree, the additional fourth charge is for the unborn baby.

Bedford Municipal Court set his bond at $1 million. Other charges are pending.

Calhoun will be transported to County jail and will be arraigned in Common Pleas Court.

The Thorpe/Roberts benefit fund has been created to accept donations for the family. Anyone that wants to make a donation can do so at Huntington Banks.

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