Hundreds gather for 10-year-old Gracie Snider's memorial



Posted on May 13, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 14 at 3:07 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--Friends and family gathered Tuesday night to remember 10-year-old Gracie Snider.

Snider died in a car wreck outside of Ritzville on the way home from a soccer tournament on May 3, 2014. Snider’s soccer coach was driving the car. His daughter was also injured in the crash and was still recovering in a Seattle hospital on Tuesday.

The memorial at Life Center Church on Tuesday night was an emotional ceremony for the several hundred people in attendance.

Family said Snider was known for her colorful personality.

“They wanted people wearing color and there's a lot of color and she had a lot of life and that's going to be her color and life,” said Pastor Bobby Moore.

Pastor Moore was a source of faith for the Snider’s but was also the father of one of Gracie Snider’s teammates.

“It's certainly nothing compared to the Snider's or the James' but it hits close to home when your daughter knows the two young ladies that were involved in the accident,” said Moore.

Moore said the memorial was about letting the world know the long lasting impact Snider’s short life would have.

“Gracie was a kind hearted servant who was very sentimental. She looked out for others on and off the field. I know my daughter Olivia and her teammates were recipients of this kindness,” said Moore.

Family and friends set up a memorial scholarship in Snider’s name. The money will fund soccer players who love to play but could not afford the costs. More than $25,000 had been raised by Tuesday night. 

“Gracie still lives on and she wants us to do the same,” said Moore.

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