ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The mother of a boy, 9, killed on his way to school is thankful for the support she's gotten during the holidays.
Tony Shed was killed, his sister and two other students were injured in September when a car struck them as they walked in a crosswalk near Turner Elementary.
The last few months have been extremely difficult for the family, but they say they are coping with the tragedy.
Like clockwork, she cleans up her son Tony's memorial site daily.
But she couldn't do it alone, without the community's help.
The items were neatly placed in front of the East Albany fire station on the corner of North Mock Road and Leonard Avenue.
Shed hasn't missed a day tidying up the area since Tony was hit by a car and killed there while walking to school.
"I think we handled it pretty well with the strongness. And basically keeping busy to keep from, we know this is the reality but to keep from breaking from that point of no return," said Shed.
"She couldn't move and she just got up one day and just said mom my brother whispered in my ear. Get up TT, get up TT. And that's normally how he would get her up every morning for school," said Shed.
Shed believes her brother was key to her daughter's recovery.
"She's even more full of life than she was then," said Shed.
Shed has a safety message so other parents won't have to walk in her shoes
The children were hit shortly before the crossing guard for that intersection came on duty. Albany police did not file charges against the driver.