Hit-and-run victim remembered through memorial messages

Farewell messages and stuffed animals are seen Tuesday where 13-year-old Alyssa Martinez was fatally struck by a car. Martinez was trying to cross Farm-to-Market 1113 just outside Copperas Cove when she was hit Saturday.

The make-shift memorial for 13-year old Alyssa Martinez, of Copperas Cove, continues to grow as family and friends scrawl messages on a wooden cross and leave flowers, stuffed animals and other special items at the site where the teen lost her life Saturday night.

Alyssa was hit by a driver about 9 p.m. Saturday on Farm-to-Market 1113, just outside of Copperas Cove while walking home from a friend’s house.

Sarah Martinez, Alyssa’s older sister, said the funeral will be in Dallas.

“We met with the funeral home to make the arrangements, but they are not finalized yet and no date has been set specifically for the service,” Sarah Martinez said Wednesday.

She also said the family plans to hold a candlelight vigil for Alyssa, but no plans have been initiated yet to memorialize the S.C. Lee Junior High School student.

Olga Pena, public information officer for school district, said school counselors started meeting with students Monday and will continue to do so as long the service is needed. As of Wednesday, Pena said the school had not planned a memorial service.

The section of road where the accident occurred falls into Coryell County, not Copperas Cove, said Kevin Keller, Copperas Cove public information officer. There are no sidewalks along Farm-to-Market 1113, but they do exist in the nearby housing area on Avenue B. He said those sidewalks were a project of the Texas Department of Transportation.

“The sidewalks constructed on West Avenue B have been very beneficial in providing safety for our citizens walking along that street,” he said.

A Facebook page has been erected in memory of Alyssa, where family and friends have continued to post messages about the beloved teen.

Contact Wendy Sledd at wsledd@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7476

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This is not right. Coryell County is the County for which Copperas Cove resides in, the sidewalks and streetlights and curbs need to be the first things installed before developing begins. I am certain that the family pays taxes to the city of cove as well as the county. Where is the sense of responsibility here? You say that Cove is built for family living, well prove it. This is an unsafe area Cove knows this, I find it funny that what ever Cove Annexes goes to pot, look at the grimmes Road area where the firestation was supposed to go, it looks like a junk yard gone bad, over growth of weeds, trash etc and this belongs to Cove, not to Coryell County. I say pay the piper Cove and install the needed sidewalks, curbs and how about some good old fashioned lighting out that way. You wanted that housing development, you said if you build it they will come, well why not step up to the plate and finish this job out the right way. My heart goes out to the child and to her family during this difficult time. Have some compassion

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