Family donates toys in honor of girl killed in constable shooting

HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) – A little more than one year after a 12-year old girl was shot and killed by a constable, her family is honoring her memory by giving back to their community.

On Jan. 11, 2016, Ciara’s father, Donald Meyer, pulled a rifle on a constable who was attempting to serve an eviction notice, according to investigators. The constable shot Meyer in the arm, but the bullet ended up going through his arm and hitting Ciara, who was standing behind him.

For the past month, Ciara’s family has been collecting hundreds of toys to donate to Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey in Ciara’s honor.

On Friday, the family loaded up the toys into three trucks and dropped them off for the children.

“I think it’s a wonderful thing because I think this is something Ciara would want to do,” said Alice Gehman, Ciara’s grandmother. “I just hope it brightens their days, just give them a little incentive, and let them forget about their own problems for a little bit. Even if it’s 15 minutes of happiness, it’s worth it.”

The family didn’t have an exact number of toys collected but estimated the value at approximately $12,000.

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