Family, parishioners rally around girl killed in Monday’s crash


Family, friends, teachers and church parishioners are rallying around a little girl who two days before she was struck by a car and killed on Monday was “so excited and happy celebrating her own emoji themed birthday party.”

Anakaren Galvan, 9, is remembered today by all those whose lives she touched.

An online fund has been set up to raise money for her funeral costs.

Her “big sisters” wrote on a website set up to raise money for the family: “On Anakaren’s Birthday, October 24th, God opened up his gates and welcomed in a new little angel. Anakaren, being the little angel that she’s always been, loved church. That day all she wanted for her birthday was to go to church and give thanks to God for letting her see 9 years of life.”

Anakaren Galvan. Courtesy of GoFundMe

“At around 7 p.m. Monday evening she was tragically struck by a vehicle after getting off the bus where she passed away instantly.”

“Just two days before she was so excited and happy celebrating her own emoji themed birthday party surrounded by so much love, friends and family. She is such a special little girl. She asked for books as gifts , went to church every week and always wanted to help everyone in every way she could.  She was full of love and kindness.”

“We ask if just as we all came together this weekend to celebrate her life if we could please all come together again to help put this little angel to rest. We are asking for  any donation, if you can not please if you could just send prayers to our family and send us light. It has been very devastating for our family and friends of Anakaren and we need all the support we could get.”

“We thank you in advance for all your help and prayers. God bless.”

Parishioners at Ana’s church – Our Lady of Perpetual Help, on Lyons Avenue – are also grieving and trying to help the girl’s family.

Father Ethan Southard, their associate pastor at OLPH, wrote to them, saying:

“As I sit down to write this message, I am keeping little Anakaren in my prayers. Anakaren was a 9 year old parishioner here at OLPH who unexpectedly lost her life last Monday night in a traffic accident.

“She had just celebrated her birthday on Saturday and was on the way to Church with her mother to thank God for all of the blessings that she had received. Anakaren loved Jesus very much and was excited to be preparing to make her 1st Communion later this year.

“As difficult as this tragedy may be for all of us, we can find comfort in knowing that Anakaren, who so eagerly welcomed Jesus into her heart, is now with the Lord in His house.”

The fatal accident happened shortly after 7 p.m. Monday after she stepped into traffic near the intersection of Orchard Village and Wiley Canyon roads in Newhall, Sgt. Brian Hudson of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said Monday.

Anyone wanting to help the Galvan family is urged to donate at the GoFundMe website. .

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