Candlelight memorial draws hundreds to honor the life of Gracie Snider

Candlelight memorial draws hundreds to honor the life of Gracie Snider

SPOKANE, Wash. - Candles lit Manito Park Wednesday night for the ten-year-old killed in a car crash over the weekend.

"We're here to remember Gracie Snider," Chaz Valdez, one of Gracie's coaches said to the crowd. "There's no footprint too small to leave an imprint on this world. When I look around at all of you, this quote couldn't be more true."

Easily a thousand people packed the park to remember the fourth grader. Gracie Snider was heading back from a soccer game in Yakima, when the car she was in slammed into a semi.

"Our hearts ache and we feel a deep tender wound because someone so precious and so young is no longer part of our lives," Valdez said.

People gathered around the gazebo, listening to music and holding lit candles, while remembering and mourning the young girl.

"Her memory will continue to be present in our lives," Valdez said.

Gracie's family, Jay, Gretchen and Morgan were embraced by many. Gracie's friends, teammates, classmates showed the family they too were hurting.

"Gracie's made a huge impact on all of us," Valdez said. "Thank you for being here to honor Gracie, and her beautiful life that was cut way too short."

Gracie was in the car with her coach, Nathan James and his daughter, 10-year-old Ayla. Ayla was critically injured and is in now in the ICU at Harborview in Seattle waiting for surgery.

"I'm overwhelmed by the kindness and support you all have shown the Snider and James family," Valdez said.

 A Go Fund Me account has been set up here to help cover Gracie's funeral expenses and also pay for a soccer scholarship fund in her honor.