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Community staying strong after car kills mother and son

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TUCSON, Ariz. – During a time of tragedy, the Old Pueblo community is coming together to offer comfort and hope.

Anna Mentzer and her 7-year-old son, Ethan, died Wednesday morning, after a car hit them while crossing the street at Pima and Mountain View.

A memorial has been established where the incident took place.

Stuffed animals, candles and flowers fill the memorial site.

Like the Menzter family, Tanya Constantine and her daughter are part of the St. Cyril community.

Constantine was among the many who watched as first responders did everything they could to try to save Anna and Ethan.

“It was very sad to see a lot of the parents, grown men, women, we just – we broke down, we cried,” Constantine said.

It’s a tragic incident impacting everyone, including longtime Tucsonan Sam Dalesandro, who has grandchildren the same age as Ethan.

“This touches me, breaks my heart,” Dalesandro said. “Maybe put a slow-mo out with flags, anything to slow the traffic down so that this doesn’t happen again.”

Over $30,000 has been raised for the family, including young Eli, who no longer has a brother or mother on this Earth.

“He’s in 5th grade so he has a long life ahead of him,” Constantine said. “He’ll never be alone. There’s always going to be a home here for him.”

Through the beauty of flowers, the comfort of a teddy bear and the blessings of hundreds, if not thousands of people, Anna and Ethan Mentzer will be forever missed.

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