“Destined to be somebody” says mother of 7-yr-old Lillie Reed

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A mother consoles herself after the death of her seven-year-old daughter who died in an horrific car crash on Saturday evening by focusing on “God’s blessing through tragedy.”

In an exclusive Rob Sneed interview, the little girl’s mother, Veronica Reed, remembered her daughter’s life.

The tragedy began when a car flipped onto its roof following an accident on Cleveland Avenue and 12th Street Saturday at about 5.34pm. Five children and one adult went to the hospital. 

“My baby was destined to be somebody, and I just don’t want my baby to be forgotten,” Reed tearfully said.

Through her pain, just one day after losing Lillie Reed, mother Veronica Reed stands strong as she remembers her little girl.

“She had that spirit; she could brighten your day. She had a smile that could make you smile. A laugh that could make you laugh,” Reed recalled.

She said at times it gets too hard.

“I can’t describe what I’m feeling, and I wouldn’t wish this pain on no body,” Reed said through tears.

This young mother found out about the crash, not though a phone call, not in passing by, but on Facebook after a friend posted the accident saying: “Pray for whomever is inside that SUV.”

“I said: This looks like my car; this is my car. Can you come and get me?” Reed remembered.

She went to the hospital where she saw her children: eight-year-old Jamari Reed, four-year-old Edward Alexander Robinson Jr,  two-year-old Zier Robinson, one-year-old Kyra Robinson, and a seven-year-old daughter who — she soon found out — was the only child who did not survive.

Something inside her already knew before the doctor even told her.

“A mother’s intuition. I just…my stomach. It just felt like my whole stomach just sank,” Reed said. 

However, instead of dwelling on Lillie’s death, she is focusing on God’s blessing though this tragedy.

“I have every reason to be blessed right now. I have every reason to praise Him right now because all of my kids could have died,” Reed cried.

A vigil is scheduled for Monday at the spot where the accident occurred.

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