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Parents of Forest Grove sisters killed in crash thank community for support

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Anna Dieter-Eckert, Abigail Robinson. Photo provided by family Anna Dieter-Eckert, Abigail Robinson. Photo provided by family
Susan Dieter-Robinson and her husband, Tom Robinson, thanked the Forest Grove community Sunday after a crash killed their two girls. Susan Dieter-Robinson and her husband, Tom Robinson, thanked the Forest Grove community Sunday after a crash killed their two girls.
FOREST GROVE, OR (KPTV) -

Two weeks after a deadly hit-and-run crash claimed the lives of two sisters, their parents are thanking the community for their love and prayers.

Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, 6, and Abigail Robinson, 11, were playing in a pile of leaves across the street from their home when they were hit by a car. A driver and passenger in the car are now charged in connection with the crash.

"I said this in the memorial. I feel held. I feel lifted. I can't be a puddle because my community is holding me up," said Susan Dieter-Robinson. "And they're doing that because of the grace of God."

Dieter-Robinson and her husband, Tom Robinson, said they have felt God in gestures small and large, from the hundreds of people who attended candlelight vigils to the Forest Grove firefighters who rebuilt the family's deck in the days after the crash.

Initially, the Dieter-Robinsons felt they would never return to their home. They have reconsidered.

"As soon as we got there, it was like, this is where our girls are," said Dieter-Robinson. "Even though I never thought we could go back, now I could never imagine leaving."

"We made it a priority to spend good time together all the time, and we're going to miss that like crazy," Tom Robinson added. "But all those good times, they're distilled in our house."

Abigail Robinson, who loved performing in plays, "had a certain spunkiness. She stood up for people," said her father.

Anna Dieter-Eckerdt loved to play on the monkey bars and treated Tom Robinson as her personal jungle gym.

She was "shy initially, then give her 10 minutes, she'd be dancing around the room," her mother said.

The girls, their parents said, never thought of each other as step-sisters.

The Dieter-Robinsons have decided to give back to the community using donations made to a memorial fund for Abigail and Anna, inspired by the generosity the young girls often demonstrated.

They have settled on one project so far: sprucing up a playground on the school district property across from the family's home.

It's where the girls played almost every day.

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