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Vigil held for 4-year-old girl in accident on UWS

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4-year-old Ariel Russo was killed just 3 blocks away from where a makeshift memorial now stands. Friends and family held a vigil earlier Saturday night so they could say goodbye.

Ariel was killed earlier this week after being hit by an SUV on the Upper West Side.

The vigil took place outside Ariel's grandmother's home around 5:30 p.m. and was put together by her grandmother's neighbors and friends.

The crowd sung religious songs, read scriptures and lit candles -- they also posted a picture of Ariel and wrote messages.  Some family members were in attendance but didn't want to speak to reporters at the scene.

This all comes after a growing controversy when FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano said the emergency services dispatcher is the blame for a 4-minute delay in the Tuesday morning accident.

According to Cassano, when the call came into the 911 center, the dispatcher didn't see it on her computer because she wasn't sitting at her computer as she should have been. It's being reported that the dispatcher was in the midst of a shift change and didn't see the initial call on her screen.

Fox 5 checked with the FDNY about the dispatcher and FDNY officials say she is still on the job taking call while an investigation into her actions is still ongoing.

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with speeding away from the police and in doing so, the SUV he was driving jumped the curb at West 97th Street and Amsterdam Avenue – hitting Ariel and her grandmother.

FDNY officials don't know if Ariel would still be alive if EMS had arrived 4 minutes earlier.

Meanwhile, her grandmother is still hospitalized in critical but stable condition.  

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