Family, friends remember Forest Grove girls killed in hit-and-run

FOREST GROVE, Ore. - Mourners remembered two Forest Grove girls, ages 6 and 11, who died after a hit-and-run crash last weekend.


Family, friends and members of the public gathered at Sonrise Church in Hillsboro on Saturday morning to celebrate the lives of 6-year-old Anna Dieter-Eckerdt and her step-sister, 11-year-old Abigail Robinson.


Police said the girls were playing outside their home in a pile of leaves that had spilled out into the street when they were hit by an SUV. One of them died at the scene and the other later died at the hospital. This all happened around 8:20 p.m. Sunday.


The driver took off after hitting the girls, but was later arrested after someone contacted police with a tip.


Cinthya Garcia Cisneros, 18, of Forest Grove, is behind bars. Investigators said she was driving the vehicle. Her boyfriend, 18-year-old Mario Echeverria of Cornelius, is accused of attempting to cover up the crime.


Attorneys for Cisneros and Echeverria entered not guilty pleas on their behalf on Wednesday.


More than 300 people attended a candle light vigil for the girls on Monday night. On Tuesday, the family released a statement thanking the community for their love and support.


Later in the week, a coffee stand raised more than $4,500 for the girls' families.

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