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Celebration of life service held for girls run over in Forest Grove

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Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, Abigail Robinson. Photo provided by family Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, Abigail Robinson. Photo provided by family
Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, Mario Echeverria, booking photos Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, Mario Echeverria, booking photos

An emotional, public celebration to commemorate the lives of two young sisters who were killed after being run over took place Saturday at a church in Hillsboro.

Abigail Robinson, 11, and her sister Anna Dieter-Eckert, 6, were playing in a pile of leaves in front of their Forest Grove home when they were run over last Sunday evening.

The 6-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Her older sister was rushed to the hospital and died the following night.

The driver of the SUV that ran over the girls did not remain on the scene, and was later arrested.  

Court documents state Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, 18, was driving the 2001 Nissan Pathfinder owned by her boyfriend's mother when she crossed over into some leaves on the 1700 block of Main Street around 8:25 p.m. Sunday.

Garcia-Cisneros' boyfriend, Mario Echeverria, 18, of Cornelius, is also facing charges after admitting that he took the SUV to a Hillsboro car wash to protect his girlfriend.

Garcia-Cisneros was arraigned in court Wednesday on the charge of hit-and-run involving injuries. Echeverria was arraigned on the charge of hindering prosecution.

Bail for both was set at $10,000. They are due back in court Oct. 30. 

Abigail was a sixth grader at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School. Anna was a first grader at Dilley Elementary School.

Despite the tragic nature of the event, family and friends are choosing to remember the girls in a positive light.

All members of the public were invited to partake in a celebration of life at Sonrise Church in Hillsboro.

A family spokesman issued this statement:

      The communal spirit that we feel right now is helping us in so many ways.  Whether it be neighbors, friends, a business or an individual this community has held us with loving arms.  We are so very grateful.  We hope and pray that this spirit grows so that it can heal others as Abigail and Anna would have wanted.

     So many efforts have occurred in the past few days to honor our daughters and help us recover from this tragedy.  Words cannot describe how loved we feel right now.  We feel embraced in the arms of all those who's prayers, gifts and efforts have been offered.  God is reaching down and caring for us in these difficult days. Churches, contractors, coffee shops, gyms, schools groups, restaurants and others have done so much to help.  We do want to ask that any effort to help be done through trusted organizations.  No one should be harmed in an effort to memorialize our girls.  Both Columbia Community Bank and US Bank have funds set up to deliver assistance and support a memorial for Abigail and Anna. 

      Today is a day for celebration.  Abigail and Anna were spirited and joyful girls.  We never want to loose that from our lives.  Today we honor them with our own bright and hopeful expression of love for each other.

Meanwhile, several fundraising efforts are underway to help the family with expenses:

A fund has been set up at Columbia Community Bank. Donations can be made in the name of "Dieter-Robinson" at any branch.

Sonrise Church is accepting donations for the family. For more information, call the church at 503-640-2449.

In addition, the Community Based Activity Program (CBAP) has established a Dieter-Robinson Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo Bank. Donations will go to the Dieter-Robinson Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded next spring to a Forest Grove High School senior showing service to Special Education, Unified Sports, Special Olympics and the CBAP program. All seniors will be eligible to apply.

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