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West Jordan neighbors remember young girls killed in flash flood, create a tribute at family's home

Posted at 9:37 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 19:09:45-04

WEST JORDAN, Utah — The parents of two little girls who died in southern Utah flash floods have not made it home yet to their neighborhood in West Jordan, but when they do, they'll find an outpouring of support from the community.

Neighbors have decorated the area with pink and blue ribbons and have left messages of love written in sidewalk chalk.

A large sign on the family's garage reads, "We love you."

Carrie Ferguson said she knew the seven-year-old girl better than the rest of the family, because she would come over and play with her grandson.

She didn't hear about the tragedy until Tuesday when she saw the ribbons.

"Honestly, my first thought was, 'Maybe there's someone coming home?'" Ferguson said. "I really didn't know... I'm so sorry for your loss. I am so sorry. I can't even imagine."

Neighbors said the parents were experienced hikers who loved camping and the outdoors.

They described the children as friendly and outgoing, always playing with a smile on their face and willing to say hello to their neighbors.

"Our hearts just shattered for this poor family," neighbor Angie White cried. "The three-year-old was just like her big sister and mimicked and parroted everything she said. They were absolute delights!"

Both Angie White and her husband Boyd White said they will miss the kids' smiles the most. They will also miss seeing the kids stopping in their driveway while riding their bikes.

"(The oldest) was usually riding her bike so fast!" Angie White said. "She would always stop and say hi to us."

"I happen to have a fridge in the garage," Boyd White said. "When she saw me come home, when she was out out on her bike, she would find herself out here quite often to get a drink if she could. I always had one ready!"

Boyd White said he will always continue to keep that extra drink in his fridge as a tribute to those little girls.

FOX 13 is not releasing the names of the family at this time for the sake of their privacy.

A GoFundMe has been started in support of the family.