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Family, friends remember girl killed by soccer net

07/22/2012 08:36 EDT | Updated 09/21/2012 05:12 EDT
Friends and family gathered in Ladysmith, B.C., on Sunday to remember a five-year-old girl who was crushed under a portable soccer net in Yukon.

Jaedynn Amann Hicks died July 4 after the net fell on her, hitting her head while she was playing on a school field in Watson Lake, Yukon.

Jaedynn was described by family and friends as a caring, compassionate and funny young girl.

"Her smile and giggles were contagious, but get on her grumpy side and stand back 'cause she was a fighter," Jaedynn's mom Tara Hicks said at the memorial Sunday.

"Her warmth and love for her friends was always evident as she always loved making people smile. She was fortunate to have her dad's sense of adventure and having been places on a snowmobile that most grown men wouldn't dare venture to."

Community pitches in

Hicks says friends in their hometown of Ladysmith have organized garage sales, silent auctions and dances to help cover the family's expenses.

“Just knowing how loved she was and we are — it just kind of reassures us that we're going to make it through this.”

The community is also helping the family raise awareness about the dangers of the unanchored nets.

Hicks says her daughter is the 94th person in North America to be injured or killed by an unsecured soccer net. The family is pushing for a ban on the type of net that killed Jaedynn.

"I'm sad that something like this had to happen but sometimes you wonder if her purpose here on earth was, in her short life, to make us aware that this can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere."

Since the accident earlier this month, officials in Yukon have removed the nets from fields, parks and schools, and are preparing legislation to ban their use.

However, unsecured nets are still in use in many parks, schools and fields across the country.

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