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LMPD officers raising money to buy headstone for child hit and killed at bus stop

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A family picture of D'Arricka Green. A family picture of D'Arricka Green.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Five-years-old, outgoing and a smile that could light up a room. That's how D'Arricka Green's mother, Amelia Green, remembers her daily.

“She was my little princess. That's what I always say. She was mommy's princess. She kept me together,” said Amelia Green.

April 29 would be the last day Green would drop her daughter off for school.

“When she got out of the truck she said 'I love you momma, I'm gonna miss you so much'," said Green.

The five-year-old was waiting for her school bus with her grandmother and cousins at the corner of Catalpa Street and Gaulbert Avenue, near Algonquin Park.

Police say she darted into the road and was hit and killed by a truck.

“I was not expecting to bury my baby at all, so it's been really tough,” said the girl's mother.

D'Arricka was Green's only child, but the mother wasn't the only one hit hard by this terrible accident.

She says officers on scene were also visibly shaken.

“The day that it happened, the detective that showed up at the scene that was with her, he came down -- I was at the park -- he came down and brought me a card and flowers,” said Amelia Green.

“It's tragic and it makes a big impact on the officers who have to respond to those situations,” said Dave Mutchler.

Mutchler is the President of the River City Fraternal Order of Police and says many LMPD officers wanted to help the family.

So they're raising money to cover some of the expenses.

“We feel like that we can step out and reach out and help out somebody that lives in our community that's in distress,” Mutchler said.

With this help, D'Arricka will eventually have a headstone for her grave.

“She deserves it,” said Amelia Green.

It's an act of kindness that this mother says doesn't go unnoticed.

“Thank you so much for taking time out for my baby. Thank you,” Green said in response to LMPD officers stepping in to help.

The FOP has set up a memorial fund at the Louisville Metro Police Officer's credit union.

Anyone can donate to the fund in D'Arricka's name.

For the credit union locations, click here.

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