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Jaime Villanueva

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.

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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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Jaime Villanueva

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.

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