Wichita girl's family thanks community for support after her death by dragging
"Weird in her own way that made her a beautiful soul," was the first thing Marissa Ibarra came up with to describe her sister Brianna.
13-year-old Brianna Ibarra died Saturday afternoon, after Wichita Police received several calls from motorists that a woman was being dragged by a vehicle along Kellogg for several miles, still attached to her seat belt after trying to get out of the SUV.
Monday her family was still struggling with the sudden loss of a young woman her parents describe as "full of life," someone who "always made everybody laugh, loved her family (and) was always up for any adventure."
Her older sister Marissa says Brianna "loved to create," was "easy and fun to be around. She was bright, carefree, straightforward, family oriented, strong, would do anything for (her) family, affectionate."
Brianna's parents say the "loss of (our) daughter was a tragedy that no family should have to go through."
Family friends have set up a GoFundMe account to help Brianna's family deal with the costs associated with her sudden loss. Hundreds of Wichitans have also offered their condolences to the family on social media posts.
"(We) appreciate all the support from the community," Brianna's parents said. "And the beautiful comments that people have shared in the posts."
The man accused of trying to steal the SUV Brianna was in now faces a charge of felony murder.