Family, friends and the community gathered the evening of May 27 to remember 3-year-old Zoey Newton at the site where an eight vehicle crash on Keyser Avenue May 20 ended her life.

She and her mother, Brittany Payne, 29, were headed for pizza after Zoey’s tee-ball game. Payne’s son, Zayden, rode home with a friend from the game.

Zayden Payne looks away from the memorial table honoring his little sister, Zoey.
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Over 100 people, including her mother who suffered a broken leg in the crash, met for a candlelight vigil and balloon release on the grounds between Raisin’ Canes and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center.

A pink polka-dot cross, balloons and stuffed animals mark the location.

Brittany Payne arrives at her daughter’s vigil.

The Rev. Ocie Charles led the group in prayer. Zoey’s grandfather, Ronald Payne Sr., and grandmother, Lillie Payne, along with others spoke to the crowd about the little girl whose life ended too soon.

Brandy Wiley, b/f, 38, of Natchitoches was charged with negligent homicide, reckless operation, improper lane use and disobeying a red light. Wiley was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center where she is being held without bond. Also injured in the crash were a 16-year-old juvenile of Natchitoches and Ellen Walker, 60, of Natchez. Both received moderate injuries.

Memorial Table for Zoey Newton