Monday, September 12, 2011

Makeshift Memorial For 3-year-old Killed By School Bus Draws Mourners

Makeshift memorial setup to remember Yanelisse Correa, 3.

Photos: HNG

Wake and funeral services for Yanelisse to be held on Tuesday.

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 12, 2011

Milwaukee - On Tuesday, the family of Yanelisse Correa, 3, will have a wake in her memory at the Church and Chapel beteen 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the 1900 block of W. Becher St. Funeral services will follow later.
During the afternoon, multiple people continued to stop at the makeshift memorial, while her uncle cleaned up the spot where candles had dripped wax.
On Sunday night, about 80 people and family members gathered at Yanelisse's makeshift memorial for a candle-light vigil to remember the child's happy moments and very short life.
Last Friday, police responded to an accident involving a 3-year-old girl running into the street and getting struck by a school bus. The child was identified as Correa by relatives. Correa apparently before 3:00 p.m. ran into the street trying to reach her grandmother on the other side of the street at the 1600 block of S. 28th St., who was removing groceries from a vehicle.
The child was struck by a school bus transporting special-needs students and is owned by Specialized Care Transport. At least six children were inside the bus when the accident occurred, according to school officials.
Correa was taken to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin where she later died of the injuries sustained in the accident.
Alderman Robert "Bob" Donovan from the 8th District who lives accross the street to Correa's grandmother tried to save the child when the accident happened, but she was not responding... it was a tragic and an unfortunate accident, according to Donovan.
With tears in his eyes, Donovan said, he'll never forget the face of the little angel as long as he lives.

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