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Girl killed by bus identified

The young girl who was struck and killed by a B.C. Transit bus on Friday in Abbotsford has been identified.

Nine-year-old Hala Albarhoum was a Syrian refugee who had been sponsored by the federal government to come to Canada with her family just over a year ago.

A funeral for Albarhoum was held at the Abbotsford Islamic Centre on Saturday.

Family friend Adnan Baht said Albarhoum's family is devastated.

"They came over to Canada to find safety…away from the missiles and the bombs... Then finally, when people expect that they're safe, there's a small accident that takes away their loved one," Baht told CTV.

The tragedy took place just before 8:30 a.m. on Friday, close to Ten-Broeck elementary school where Albarhoum attended.

She was rushed to hospital but succumbed to her injuries. 

Police noted it was still dark outside and was raining heavily at the time.

Baht has set up a GoFundMe page for the Albarhoum family, who no longer receives financial support from the feds since they have been in Canada for more than a year.

Hala is survived by her mother, father, and two siblings.

The Abbotsford Police Department continues to investigate, and B.C. Transit is investigating internally.

- with files from CTV Vancouver



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