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Family and friends remember North Fort Myers girl taken too early

Posted at 6:48 AM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 06:50:12-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A Southwest Florida family who lost their little girl near a school bus stop Monday is sharing their memories of Alana Tamplin.

“She was the person who kept the pieces together for everybody.” That’s how Sara Tamplin described her daughter, who was hit by a car and died from her injuries Monday morning while walking with a friend along Durrance Road in North Fort Myers.

The scene where it happened is now marked with a memorial, filled with teddy bears, flowers - even birthday cake to celebrate her best friend’s birthday Tuesday.

Family and friends describe Alana as funny, confident and uplifitng. “She’d make you better in yourself”, her friend Jade Park said. “She was amazing.”

Sara Tamplin, too distraught to talk on camera, said her daughter was into makeup, soccer, and hanging out with her friends.

Her friends gathered at the memorial Tuesday evening. They laughed, cried, and hugged. “It still feels like she’s here, and she’s supposed to here with me”, Jade said. “She was amazing.”

Harold Watson, Alana’s uncle, set up a Go Fund Me page to help with funeral expenses.