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Family Saddened By Child's Death

Leikisha White, who was killed by a Rutherford County Sheriff's deputy driving an unmarked police car. Leikisha White, who was killed by a Rutherford County Sheriff's deputy driving an unmarked police car.
Montessa Gomez, Leikisha's mother Montessa Gomez, Leikisha's mother
Ebonie Gomez, Leikisha's sister Ebonie Gomez, Leikisha's sister

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. -  A Rutherford County Sheriff's deputy in an unmarked car struck and killed an 11-year-old girl Thursday night.

Detective Sgt. Ron Killings was placed on administrative leave during the Murfreesboro police's investigation.

Leikisha White was one of 14 grandchildren. Her grieving mother and siblings live in Hopkinsville, Ky.

"I didn't even get to see her for the last month," Leikisha mother, Montessa Gomez.

She let her daughter go to Murfreesboro to visit her grandmother, Brenda Carneal for the summer.

"To lose a loved one, it's hard. It's not easy," she said.

Leikisha spent time with her cousins in Murfreesboro, which is about 30 miles southeast of Nashville. She planned to start her first year at Christian County Middle School in Kentucky.

"She loved school. She loved school. She loved to read. And now all of it is gone," Gomez said.

Leikisha was crossing Brandyville Pike around 8:45 p.m. Thursday when the accident occurred.

The last time she talked to her daughter was Thursday night, right before the crash.

"We used to argue all the time. My momma told us not to argue I never listened to her until now," said Leikisha's older sister, Ebonie Gomez before she started to cry.

She said a simple sibling fight leaves her guilt ridden.

"I'm going to miss her so much," she said.

Witnesses said they saw Sgt. Killings hide a bottle of alcohol before trying to help the girl he had just hit.

Murfreesboro police said, at this point, they have no reason to suspect alcohol played a role in the crash.

Killings gave blood for an alcohol test. 

A spokesman for the sheriff's office said Killings is an outstanding employee with a spotless record.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete Friday night. 

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