‘Fly high’: Utah cheerleading community honors girl killed in Fourth of July parade

LAYTON, Utah – Funeral services were held Saturday for 8-year-old Macie Hill, who was killed in a crash at the Kaysville Fourth of July parade.

Hill was a Patriot All-Stars cheerleader – something a spokesperson for her family said she was passionate about.

“My heart broke,” said Tayden Prisco, a member of Mac’s All-Star Cheer. “It was tragic and it was very sad,”

Prisco is a 17-year-old student at Farmington High School.

“We all came out to really bring the cheerleading community together,” he said.

Prisc was joined by about 100 of his team members from Draper and Farmington.

In all, the event organizer said hundreds of cheerleaders from about 40 schools and teams from across the Beehive State lined Fairfield Road in Layton to honor Hill and support her family in their time of need.

“My cheerleaders are my family and I feel like we should all be here as a family just to support Macie’s family,” said Avian Jennings, a cheerleader at Mount Ogden High School.

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Cheerleaders donned their uniforms and held signs, some reading “Fly High Macie.”

“I’ve been in the sport for 23 years and every tragedy we’ve ever faced and every triumph we’ve ever faced, we’ve all come together,” said Angela Cristaudo of the Fusion All-Stars.

These cheerleaders, their coaches and their families also wanted to show how this loss affects them.

Jalyn Linkletter and Sierra Tracy are Mac’s All-Star Cheer coaches, where they coach cheerleaders ages six to 24.

“We train eight-year-olds, just like her,” Tracy said.

“Yeah, it could have been any of ours, so guess very close,” Linkletter added.

After Hill’s funeral at the Kaysville Latter-day Stake Center, the hearse drove down Fairfield Road and right past all the cheerleaders who lined the street.

As it passed, the cheerleaders threw a “high V” as the Hill family and their friends rode by.

“I feel like it was just to kind of cheer and to support Macie and her family,” Jennings said.

Everyone FOX 13 News spoke with today said they did not know Macie or the Hill family personally.

They also felt it was important to show that even though the fan community is very competitive, they come together in times like this.

Earlier this week, Officer Lexi Benson with the Kaysville Police Department told FOX 13 News they are still investigating how this incident happened. She said they are seeking additional information and trying to gather witness statements.

Details of how this incident occurred should be released in the next few days.

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