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Hundreds attend vigil for UConn student struck by fire department vehicle

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STORRS, CT (WFSB) -

The University of Connecticut campus community gathered Tuesday night to remember the life of a beloved student who died in a bizarre incident over the weekend.

Hundreds of students, friends and family attended the vigil at 7 p.m. on Tuesday on Fairfield Way in Storrs.

The vigil was held for Jeffny Pally, who was killed over the weekend after being hit by a fire department vehicle that was going out on a call.

"There is not going to be a pain in our lives more than this," said Shiny Pally, Jeffny's mom, who spoke at the vigil on Tuesday night.

Jeffny's sister Jenny told the crowd that despite the unimaginable grief the Pally family has, they have found strength thanks to the UConn community.

"Jeffny was very lucky to be a part of this school and this community and she loved you all very much," Jenny Pally said.

Several students have created makeshift memorials around campus to remember Pally.

See photos of how classmates, friends and family have been remembering her here.

The UConn sophomore died early Sunday morning after being run over by an emergency vehicle as a firefighter was going out on a call.

Investigators said Pally was sitting on the ground with her back against the bay doors at UConn's fire department.

As the doors opened, Pally fell backward and the exiting SUV drove over her.

Pally's loved ones say Jeffny was a caring, thoughtful young woman who always made time for her family and her friends.

UConn students who knew Pally plan to attend Tuesday's vigil, and said the tragedy has shaken the entire campus community.

"Being together as a community definitely is a great way to help with situations especially like this one, so I feel like the vigil will definitely help," said UConn sophomore Christopher Nista.

Firefighter Dana Barrow, 60, has been placed on administrative duty while the investigation continues.

According to a medical examiner, Pally died from blunt force trauma. The results of a toxicology report are still pending.

Pally's funeral will be held on Thursday morning at St. Timothy Church.

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