Vigil honors mother of three hit and killed walking on US-19

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A candlelight vigil was held along U.S. 19 Thursday evening for a mother of three who was hit by a vehicle and killed over the weekend.

"It was a sudden loss. Who would ever think that she will be gone?"  the victim's close friend, Monique Brown wondered. "She was just a loving person."

According to Tarpon Springs police, Tymira Leverson, 27, was walking on the shoulder of the highway with her three young children when a car hit and killed her.

Officials said the children are okay. Only one of them was treated for minor injuries.

"It was devastating," said Brown.

Friends described Leverson as a devoted mother who always put family first.

Leverson was known for coaching the Greenwood Panthers cheerleading squad and mentoring many young people in her community.

"God has literally chosen an angel to bring home early," said Terrance Williams, Leverson's cousin.

Tarpon Springs police confirmed the crash is still under investigation, but the driver of the car that hit Leverson has not been charged.