Hailey Brooks Obituary, Death – At the Raleigh Christmas Parade on Saturday, a girl tragically lost her life after being struck by a truck that was out of control. The social media accounts of Hailey Brooks, who is 11 years old, have been flooded with messages of encouragement and support. She was a member of the CC & Company Dance Complex’s performing company. Her family has issued a statement that reads as follows:
“Our family is inconsolable and in a state of disbelief following Hailey’s untimely passing. She had a gentle and modest spirit, and she was always concerned about seeing to the requirements of those in her immediate environment. Even in her final hours, Hailey showed the younger children who were with her in the parade her generous and loving spirit. They were with her when she passed away. We are extremely grateful for the love and support that has been shown to us by the community, and in the near future, we hope to discuss more the extraordinary life that Hailey led. While we are grieving the loss of our dear Hailey, we ask that the media respect the need for privacy that our family has during this difficult time.”
The number of candles, flowers, and messages of sympathy that have been left at a memorial for Brooks continues to increase. Many of the donations have been made by people who have no personal connection to the young victim. Even though she had no intention of attending the parade on Saturday, one woman came by on Tuesday to tell ABC11 that the tragic story had a profound effect on her. At the memorial, she laid some flowers down and said a prayer before leaving.
Valeria Reynoso expressed her thoughts on the matter by saying, “Yeah, I just think out of respect for the family, since we were here like at that tragic moment that we can at least honor them in some way by either giving a flower or giving a candle.” The dance studio CC & Co. Dance informed the parents of its students through a statement that it had distributed to them that counseling was offered to anyone who felt the need for it.
“As we have made it through the past few days, the shattered state of our hearts has not changed. We are thankful to our CC & Co. families and the community for their continued prayers and outpouring of love and support during this difficult time “a portion of the statement was read. “The CC & Co. team genuinely cares about their students, and we are committed to doing everything in our power to continue cultivating a safe space and a community that is there to support one another. Healing and therapy can be found in the forms of dance and movement. We hope that you will be able to join us in the healing process as we celebrate the life of this young dancer who blessed us in so many different ways, as difficult as it will be for all of us to go back to classes at the dance studio after suffering such a profound loss.”
The fatal collision reportedly took place around 10:15 a.m. on Saturday in the area of the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Boylan Avenue, according to the police. The driver of the truck that was pulling the CC & Company Dance float claimed that he was unable to maintain control of the vehicle. Brooks was struck despite the efforts of the other dancers and her parents, and she ultimately passed away as a result of the injuries she sustained. Nobody else who was participating in the parade was hurt.
ABC11 was told by a mother that two other women were instrumental in preventing the deaths of her daughters. She stated that her daughters and dozens of other children were pushed out of the way of the out-of-control truck that occurred early Saturday morning. The identities of those heroes are unknown at this time.