Dozens of people gathered on Harbor Island in North Bay Village on Tuesday night to honor the mother and daughters who were killed in a hit-and-run accident last week.
Family members said Cynthia Orsatelliz and her two daughters, Maria, 12, and Sophia, 15, were killed in the accident on the 79th Street Causeway on June 27.
Community members, teachers, civic leaders and many more came together to talk about the family and the impact they have had on this community.
Orsatelliz’s husband and the girls’ father said a few words during the night.
“My loss is very, very big and my heart is broken,” said Sam Saidi. “I have to say they really loved each other and everyone in this community loved each other. They were very, very happy.”
Educators at the charter school where the two girls attended say they were outstanding students, gifted in both creative writing and singing.
Cynthia’s mother says she wants justice.
“I don’t want to see the mother, the grandparents go through what we go through,” said Anna Orsatelliz.
Cynthia’s brother, Omar, says they are in disbelief.
“It’s devastating. We always try to cope,” said Omar Orsatelliz.
Police are still looking for the man they believe caused the crash, 24-year-old Julius Bernstein.