Family donates organs of 10-year-old killed by stray bullet

A Lancaster County community is mourning the loss of a 10-year-old girl who was killed by a stray bullet on New Year's Eve.

Friends, family, strangers, and candlelight filled the square in Manheim where a vigil was held for Aaliyah Boyer Saturday night.

There was so much love and support, it spilled out of the square and back to her home.

“It touched me to see people do care and it shows the goodness in God why people came out,” said Andrew Beamsderfer, a family friend.

They all came to remember Boyer's life — a life taken too soon.

Boyer was ringing in the New Year with family in Maryland and while they were watching fireworks, she collapsed and never woke up. A stray bullet from what police believe was a celebratory gunshot into the air hit Boyer in the head.

“People using guns, don't be doing this. For awareness. If you want to make noise, find another way to do it,” said Richard Lindsey, Boyer's Grandfather. “Whoever did this, I wish they did catch them.”

Because of that tragic accident, a 10-year-old lost her life, but she will save the lives of 10 others. Her organs were donated.

“It's a miracle for those people because that's what we wanted was a miracle, they got their miracle,” said Lindsey.

“It means a lot to me to know that she lives on,” said Crystal Blackburn, Boyer's Mother.

Boyer's bright personality will live on too.

“She was very happy, always running, skipping. Always wanting to help other people,” said Lindsey. “Fun to see her playing outside. She was always running and skipping. See that head of hair bouncing.”

“She was always happy. Always singing, always dancing. She was a princess. She's in my phone as princess. She always will be mommy's princess,” said Blackburn.

Boyer's family asked that any donations be made to the Manheim Brethren in Christ Church, the church Boyer attended.

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