Washing Away the Pain: Family Holds Car Wash Fundraiser for 5-year-old Hit and Run Victim

Sunday marks one week since 5-year-old Rickyia Langham was struck and killed by a car on Milwaukee's north-side.

On Thursday, police arrested a 30-year-old man, believed to be responsible for the crash. 

Langham's family held a car wash fundraiser Saturday, hoping to raise money for Rickyia's funeral. Dozens of cars were given free car washes, in exchange for a donation to Rickyia's family. 

     "This is so painful, so hurtful, it's almost ripping your heart out of your chest painful," said her cousin Exie. "It's not like the loss of a loved one that has lived a full life. It's the loss of a loved one that's a child, that hasn't even begun life." 

Tatum says the community support has been incredible ever since the crash. Saturday, dozens of cars lined up outside LevelUp Car Wash to show support.

     "We have a lot of negative connotations that go with Milwaukee, but actually Milwaukee is a really loving city," said Tatum.

The family is hoping to raise between $5,000 - $10,000 for a plaque and proper burial.

     "We're doing everything we can to make that happen," says Tatum.

If you'd like to donate, you can do so at Educators Credit Union Branch. 

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