Members of the Forney High School varsity softball team are mourning the death of a freshman player.
The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office said 14-year-old Emily Galiano was accidentally run over following a team dinner Tuesday night.
Several girls were horsing around as they were getting into a white Jeep. A 16-year-old female driver moved the vehicle and Emily fell under the tire, the sheriff’s office said. She was flown to the hospital but did not survive.
The sheriff's office said it appears it was a tragic accident and there are no plans to file criminal charges.
Head Softball Coach Pat Eitel called Emily a clutch player with tremendous talent that had been moved up from JV to varsity.
“We were always having fun with her. She was always throwing balls at us just to play with us and stuff,” he said. “Her work ethic and love for softball were just incredible.”
Forney is a small town with a close-knit community. Emily’s mother is a fourth-grade teacher in the Forney ISD school district. This is the kind of loss that hits home with all the residents.
"It's terrible. I mean, I've got a daughter. I've got five kids but I've got a daughter that goes to North Forney and she's a freshman,” said Forney resident Wayne Pullen. “When you hear something like that, it's heartbreaking. Anything involving kids and accidental stuff like that, it's just tragic."
Emily’s church family honored her during a service Wednesday night.
Community life Church Pastor Randy Wade has known Emily and her family since she and her twin sister were about 5 years old. Though Emily was just 14 when she passed, those who knew her say she made those 14 years count.
“I guess it's not the number of years you live, it's how you live those years,” the pastor said. “But in her 14 years, she's clearly made an impact on this community. And her memory will live on for a long time.”
Wade said Emily was involved in youth ministry and had a big circle of friends. A room full of those friends went to the church's prayer service to remember her wore her number six.
“I think they want people to remember her for the life she lives, which was a life of kindness, just gentle spirit,” he said.
Emily’s club team, Texas Glory, posted on Facebook, “Hold tight to your faith and each other. Love and time are the only ointments that can help sooth this inexplicable wound.”
The Forney High School softball team was preparing to play in the 5A Region II semifinal playoffs. That game on Wednesday night was postponed to Thursday. The girls were given the option not to play but said they want to in Emily’s honor and dedicate the rest of the season to her.
Students gathered on campus to pray for the family Wednesday morning. Grief counselors were also called to the school.
Emily's twin sister shared pictures of her on Twitter and expressed her love for her sister.
may 16, 2017 at 9:21pm i lost my bestfriend, sister, wombmate, teammate, etc, rest easy baby. everything i do is for you now 💓 i love you😭 pic.twitter.com/2Tx0zQlFez— madison galiano (@GalianoMadison) May 17, 2017