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Family Mourns Child’s Death After Parking Lot Crash in Homestead

Police said the child was standing underneath a tent set up for a Valentine's Day vendor

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The parents of the 3-year-old child who was struck and killed by a car in a parking lot in Homestead is speaking out about the loss of their only child.

The child's mother, Judy Rojo, says her son, grandmother and husband were selling Valentine's Day items on US-1 when a Dodge Charger came barreling at the tent they were working under.

““He was taken away from me instantly and that’s not fair," Rojo says.

RAW: A 3-year-old child was hospitalized after being struck by a car that veered into a parking lot following a crash in Homestead Friday.

Florida Highway Patrol says the incident happened in the area of U.S. 1 and Southwest 296th Street. They say the car veered into the tent after a crash.

The child was airlifted to Kendall Regional Hospital, where he later died. In a press release, officials identified the boy as Anthony de Leon.

Rojo says Leon was just beginning to say his name and showed a caring heart.

“My left over rice from everyday I would come outside and he’d put it for the birds," Rojo says. "He was only 3."

FHP also identified the driver as 42-year-old Hanksabell Amargo, and the passenger as 28-year-old Litney Castro.

No arrests have been confirmed by police.

Rojo says she only wants justice for her child.

“These aren’t your streets, these are everybody streets.”

The family has set up a GoFundMe to cover funeral expenses.

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this article identified the deceased child as 2-years-old based on information provided from officials at the scene.

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