SAN DIEGO — There are flowers, balloons, a candle and a teddy bear near the spot where Kiera Larsen was killed.
At 10-years-old, she saved the lives of two little friends before she was run over.
“She saved both my daughters lives, my two kids, all I have, and both could have been gone in an instant!” Alyssa Jenkins told KGTV. “She stepped in and took over and did what she knows and that’s to protect those around her.”
Cradled in their parents’ arms, Addison and Emmah have scratches from being pushed out of harm’s way.
“She was a big sister to them; she was always lookin’ out for ’em and apparently she would give her life for my kids,” said the children’s father Jonathan Gusich.
Authorities say a Mercedes SUV was parked on a slope when somehow it got into neutral and began to roll. The kids were in the yard playing when the car started moving and Kiera pushed the two little ones out of the way. The car grabbed her and pushed her through the fence.
Kiera was a fourth grader at Blossom Valley Elementary, where grief counselors have been assigned through the end of the week.
“She is truly a hero and will forever be my kids’ guardian angel,” Jenkins said.
A GoFundMe page is now online to help the Larsen family with funeral expenses.