CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Dozens of family members and friends of Breondra Newman gathered for a vigil Thursday night at Harding University High School.
The 22-year-old woman was hit by two cars in southeast Charlotte last Saturday morning. The incident happened in the 9600 block of South Tryon Street around 4 a.m. according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident.
Loved ones at the vigil lit candles and released balloons. They also huddled together in prayer and some members of the group shared memories about Newman.
Nubrien Burt, Newman’s nephew, was one of the people in attendance at the vigil. He said Newman was more like a sister to him than an aunt.
"That was my world. That was my sister. She know everything about me. We did everything – always checked on each other," said Burt.
He said his aunt’s personality was one of the traits that made her so likable.
"She stood out. You could never like not notice her in a crowd. She was just that person. She brought that energy in a room. She was just a very bright, beautiful young girl,” stated Burt.
Several of Newman’s friends from Harding University High School came to the vigil too. They wore matching screen-printed shirts that displayed a collage made up of pictures of Newman.
"I wish you could be here with us right now. I'm definitely gonna miss you and I just hope you're resting peacefully," said one of Newman’s friends through teary eyes.
Also in attendance at the vigil was Newman’s family’s attorney, Charles Everage. Everage took time before the vigil to field questions from reporters. He explained that the family still has questions about what happened in the moments prior to Newman’s death.
Police have said the 22-year-old was hit by multiple vehicles on South Tryon Street while waiting for a tow truck. Officers said that the two people Newman was with were driven home by police officers and Newman was offered a ride too. Police said that Newman was crossing the street to visit a convenience store while waiting for the tow truck. When officers went to find Newman after the tow truck had arrived, they received a call for a person down in the road.
"The police were there and then they weren't there. That's being looked into,” explained Everage.
According to police, witnesses have said Newman may have been impaired before she was hit. They said the drivers who hit Newman weren't under the influence or speeding. They have stated that they are reviewing all surveillance video and body camera video to make sure the officers who were with Newman prior to her death handled the situation correctly.
"They want accountability and they want answers. If you lost a child you would want to know the facts and circumstances and who was responsible,” said Everage.
The attorney said that he along with some of Newman’s family members have met with police to discuss the incident and the investigation into what happened.