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Funeral Services For Young Hit And Run Victims

Hundreds of people gathered on Tuesday to say good-bye to two little girls, killed by a hit and run driver. Much of the state remains in shock over how the little girls died, mowed down in a crosswalk near the U of L Campus. The driver now faces murder charges.

It was a massive funeral, more than 450 people, and it was standing room only. They were all there to honor 5-year-old Claudia Wadlington and her best friend, 4-year-old Riley Lawrence.

The little girls died Friday when they were hit by a speeding car that was running from police. The man police say killed them, Kenielle Finch of Louisville, is now being charged with two counts of murder.

Family and friends of the girls gathered at St. Andrews Episcopal Church to remember the two girls people remembered as best friends.

Many at the funeral shared stories of the girls, including Reverend Ben Moss who gave the eulogy.

The families of the two young girls issued this statement on Tuesday.

"Thank you to the community for your outpouring of love and support. We will all carry in our hearts our lovely, adored Riley and Claudia and remember that they are in perfect peace with their creator."

The two girls were laid to rest side by side at Cavehill Cemetery in Louisville. A funeral fund has been set up at the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky. Call (502) 584-7148 for more information.

Also on Tuesday, Louisville police asked anyone who may have been near the scene of the accident Friday night to call them.

The girls were struck, walking with Wadlington's mother at Floyd and Warnock streets. That's near the University of Louisville campus.

Investigators are looking for eyewitnesses who saw Finch's car, a blue Grand Am, just before or after the accident.


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