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Tampa community mourns loss of 3rd grader hit by car

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Classmates of Jayla Shubbar at Sulfer Springs Elementary school wrote down their feelings about her death. Classmates of Jayla Shubbar at Sulfer Springs Elementary school wrote down their feelings about her death.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Grief counselors spent the day at Sulphur Springs Elementary school in Tampa Monday to help students cope with the loss of a classmate. Third-grader Jayla Shubbar was struck by a car and died Sunday.

Jayla was walking to a nearby convenience store with her 12-year-old sister Sunday morning. They walked two blocks from their home on 14th street and tried to cross Busch Blvd. Tampa police investigators say Jayla darted out in front of traffic on the six-lane roadway. One driver was able to stop, but the driver of the car in the inside Eastbound lane never saw the child until it was too late.

Jayla was critically injured and died in surgery Sunday night.

At her school today, the classmates made posters for her family. "We miss you," and "We will always love you," and "You liked cookies," were some of the messages they wrote to Jayla. She was a popular student, according to Linda Cobbe, a Hillsborough County school district spokesperson.

"They described her as funny, smart, animated. She helped other students with their homework. She was a Girl Scout and had lots of friends," said Cobbe.

Her family was too distraught to talk to reporters. Isidoro Ayala lives across the street and said he often saw the two young sisters playing in the yard with their dog. "They're very good people and that's very sad for me to hear what happened," said Ayala.

Tampa police detectives said there are no charges pending at this time. "They're investigating this crash as an unfortunate accident,"said Janelle McGregor, Tampa Police spokesperson.

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