HARLEM, NEW YORK (PIX11)– Friends and relatives hugging Mehichata Diarrassouba, offering comfort to the mother who had to bury her six year old son today.
The casket carrying little Amar Diarrassouba was on the floor of a Harlem mosque, where an imam led mourners in prayer.
The parent’s Muslim faith helping to pull them through a tragedy that has sparked both cries of sorrow and anger.
Amar was killed by a tractor trailer as he walked to school Thursday morning.
He was struck in the crosswalk at the busy intersection of east 117th Street and First Avenue.
Veteran crossing guard Flavia Roman should have been there at the time, but didn’t arrive at her post until about ten minutes after the fatal accident.
She has been suspended.
Yesterday, we spoke with the child’s grieving mother who does not hold roman accountable for her son’s death.
We later learned Mrs. Diarassouba invited the crossing guard to the funeral. She did not go.
“That’s in the tradition of the faith. I think in many faiths to be forgiving, embracing.”
State senator Bill Perkins spoke at the service.
His district includes the East Harlem neighborhood where the victim’s family lives.
“Should she be penalized beyond suspension? I will reserve providing an opinion at this time. But one thing remains clear, those children should be protected at all times.”