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Caddo School chips in to help local girls' family after death

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A local school is chipping in to help raise money to pay for the funeral of 8-year-old girl who died earlier this month in a car crash.

Alexis Bates was killed on January 3rd in a car accident in East Texas. The crash happened on Highway 31, east of County Road 233 in Tyler, Texas. 

"She was outspoken and outgoing and she just was Alexis," says her Grandmother Lodis Bryant. 

Bates' family tells KSLA News 12 that Bates was thrown out of her Dad's SUV when he hit a tree after losing control of the vehicle. Bates was the only person killed in the crash. 

"I had my moment of crying and I said no, this is still not real," says Bates' Aunt Stephanie Hawkins.

"It's just very very hard," says Queensborough Elementary Teacher O'Brenda Turner.

Bates attended the school, and her younger sister still does. 

"Give them counseling we've been more so concentrating on the little girl who is still left, her sister who is still here," says School Principal Beverly Cole. 

Cole says school staff is donating money to help with funeral expenses, and already they have raised hundreds of dollars. 

A silver lining for this family who says with just days before the funeral, they still do not have enough money. 

The funeral services for Alexis Bates will be held on Saturday at Faith Baptist Fellowship Church in Bossier City. 

If you would like to donate to help with funeral expenses for Alexis, a fund has been set up at Ouachita Independent bank in Bossier City. Just ask to donate to the "Benefit of Alexis Bates."

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