SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM)- A community came together Friday night to remember 67-year-old Michele Barrows.

Barrows was killed two weeks ago on the job as a school crossing guard in Springfield on August 30.

The vigil was help outside Springfield City Hall Friday night in honor of Barrows.

Barrows was helping students cross East Street when school let out around 3 p.m.

It was only her third day on the job when she was killed.

The Springfield crossing guards and bus monitors wanted to hold the vigil to remember Barrows, but more importantly to remind the community to pay attention while on the roads.

"The problem is when we’re on the street this vest is visible but drivers are doing wht they’re not supposed to. Texting, eating, putting makeup on, and they’re not paying attention. When they’re in a hurry they’re not following the speed limit they’re doing twice the speed limit," said Jo Perry.

Many of the crossing guards were wearing safety vests at Friday's rally.

They told Western Mass News that even with their bright vests, many drivers still almost hit them.

They say it could mostly be avoided if drivers just slowed down and followed the speed limit.

At this time, there have not been any arrests and Springfield police say the accident remains an active investigation.

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