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Remembering Kayden: Vigil held to remember 13-year-old hit by vehicle in Tallahassee

Posted at 7:20 PM, Oct 15, 2023
and last updated 2023-10-15 23:30:37-04
  • The family and friends of 13-year-old Kayden Browder held a balloon vigil to remember him.
  • The teenager was hit by a vehicle walking with his family in Tallahassee.
  • In the video above hear what family members want to do to improve safety on the road he was hit.

“I saw someone laying in the grass, so I just felt I needed to stop… I got out of the car, and I realized the person laying in the grass was a child.”

That’s Judy France, she's describing the scene moments after a car struck 13-year-old Kayden Browder killing him last Wednesday.

“That was pretty horrifying, I saw his mom and I saw the driver of the car and they were both just screaming and trying to dial 9-1-1.”

Sunday, the family of Kayden and some members of the community held a balloon release to remember him.

“We’re devastated at this time; words can’t express how we feel.”

That’s Kayden's aunt Jonel Baskin. She tells me they are still trying to process what happened.

“I plan on starting a petition to get cross walks in place for children, and for anyone who needs to cross the street.”

Road safety has been a concern for members of this community.

I talked to neighbors of the family who agree that something needs to happen.

“It’s unsafe. I walk a lot and I come out here and sometimes I come over to this complex to walk and it’s unsafe for me sometimes.”

Fundra Hart lives in the community she tells me that she agrees with the family about the road safety concerns.

“The cars just go entirely too fast in this area, they really do. I think it’s a 35 MPH… they’re doing like 45 to 50.”

It’s a common concern everyone… including France agrees with.

“I always see people crossing, so I agree with her that there should be something safer put in place.”