Family of slain 4-year-old Ariel Russo say goodbye to their angel and vow to get justice

Posted at 6:49 PM, Jun 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-09 18:49:24-04

There are no dry eyes as dozens of people mourn the death of little Ariel Russo and say a final goodbye.

Her funeral was private, only family and friends. But her family held a public memorial Saturday night and the community rallied around them. They sent balloons into the sky and paid tribute to their angel with a song.

An unlicensed 17-year-old driver hit Ariel and her grandmother as they crossed the street in the Upper West Side.

The Fire Commissioner said that due to a shift change, it took four minutes for a 9-1-1 operator to see the call, then another four minutes to get to the scene.

Whether or not the extra time could’ve saved Ariel’s life is a question that weighed heavy on funeral guests.

Ariel’s family said they will not rest until they get justice.