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Family and friends share memories and pay tribute to 2-year-old killed in Olathe crash

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RAYTOWN, Mo. -- Days after her death, family and friends are remembering a 2-year-old Olathe girl. Peyton Barnett was hit by a car and killed outside of her home on Saturday.

Peyton's life was cut short, but family and friends say she made a big impact. Peyton Barnett was outside with her mom near 151st and South Blackfoot Drive on Saturday. Her mom says she turned around for one second and heard a loud thump. Peyton was hit by the car, laying in the street. Peyton's mom was hopeful, she says she could feel Peyton's heart beating but minutes later she was pronounced dead.

Thursday night, family and friends held candles and shared their favorite memories of the 2-year-old. Her aunt told us, Peyton's family members needed this vigil.

"Maybe a little bit of closure. Not just for Rachel but her parents, Peyton's dad, his parents. Just everybody, closure, to know they're not alone, a lot of people here that love them," Peyton's Aunt Michelle Wahnon said.

Police say a 26-year-old man hit Peyton with his car. He cooperated with police and has not been cited with a ticket.

Family is now in the midst of planning Peyton's funeral.

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