Kira Goddard, 13, died three weeks ago saving others when a car careened out of control. At her funeral the church was packed, the mood solemn but tinged with pride.
Family members were joined by friends, residents, activists and out-of-uniform community affairs officers. Purple, Kira’s favorite color, was the dress code for her immediate family and the color of the balloons that lined the aisle.
Kira’s heroism raised the spirits of her otherwise devastated family. The young girl was pinned under an out-of-control car driven by Sean Lewis, who lost control of his Range Rover as he drove down Pacific Street in Brooklyn. He had been stabbed by Kenneth Risher at a barbeque when he jumped into his vehicle and smashed into three parked cars. Kira heard the commotion, pushed her friends and relatives out of the way and was crushed by the vehicle. Lewis eventually died of his stab wounds, and Risher turned himself in days later. The NYPD told the AmNews that Lewis’ death is being treated as a homicide.
Kira’s funeral was arranged by Lisa S. Dozier Funeral Services and held on Friday, Aug. 12 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Brooklyn. Activist Roy Antoine is set to establish a foundation in Kira’s name.
For more information about Kira, call (347) 526-9957.