After her 9-year-old daughter, Marla, was found in a car with her older sister and her mother, a group of people began a “drive-by” to find her.
The drive-by was caught on camera and has been viewed more than 6.7 million times on Facebook and YouTube.
The search for Marla ended when police found her body.
Her death shocked the community and her family and her grieving parents say they’re still dealing with the grief.
“This is such a difficult time for my family,” said Marla’s mother, Kristi Williams.
“We’ve been dealing with a lot of pain and sadness and we’re just trying to be there for each other.”
Marla had gone to see her aunt, the aunt’s brother, to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary and they had planned a barbecue and a party at their home.
But after her family went to get her at the home, they said, the mother drove the car and then jumped out of the car, hitting the child with her car.
Police say she was then arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run, aggravated child abuse, reckless driving, and child neglect.
Police said that she was found to be intoxicated at the scene and that she had been drinking and using drugs.
The teen had been a victim of domestic violence in the past and she had a history of mental illness, according to her parents.
Her family said they’re working with the family to deal with the stress of the loss of their daughter.
They are asking that anyone with information about her death call police at (503) 823-4100.
Marla was the first child to graduate from the California State University at Los Angeles, a public university that also offers an associate degree.
She was a student at the time of her death.
In February, the California Department of Corrections announced that it would allow her to be released on parole after serving 12 months of supervised release.
She is currently living in San Jose with her family.