Candleight Vigil for Meriden crash victim

Baughnita Leary, Dacari Robinson, and Sanaa Reynolds (Photo: The Robinson/Leary Family GoFundMe page)

Meriden, Conn. (WTNH) — Residents across Meriden and central Connecticut are continuing to support a young mother that lost her two children and boyfriend in a car crash last Sunday evening.

A candlelight vigil will was held Friday night at 6:00pm at City Park in Meriden to remember 3-year-old Dacari Robinson, his half-sister, 9-year-old Sanaa Reynolds, and Dacari’s father, 26-year-old Darin Robinson. The lone survivor of the crash, Baughnita Leary, attended the vigil.

The family was traveling through Waterford on Interstate 95 last Sunday when their car was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. Dacari Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene. Dacari’s father Darin, and Sanaa Reynolds were transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital. Both Darin Robinson and Sanaa Reynolds died on Tuesday.

“It’s so hard. I miss her so much,” said Sanaa’s friend Nina Dutley.

Hundreds, many of them children, classmates, friends and cousins of two little kids killed gathered to comfort one another. Three-year old Dacari Robinson and 9 year old Sanaa Reynolds and Dacari’s father, Darin died when they were rear ended by a tractor trailer in Waterford. So with candles raised high, they remembered the good times, with a good family.

“I miss having her sleep over and we used to paint each other’s nails. We spent so much time together,” Dudley said.

Many teachers and classmates of Sanaa showed up at the vigil to remember a little girl who loved school, and a little boy who loved to play.

“The little one Dacari was a hand full he wanted to fight and play every day Sanaa was a dancer and beautiful heaven has a beautiful angel today,” said Brian Marshalek.

The children during and after the vigil played on the playground at City Park in honor of their friends. They even turned on the sprinklers in memory of the young kids.

“We used to come to the water park every summer and we grew up here.”

“They loved water, so Bonita is one of those mothers who loves nature so she took them to the park almost very day. So we chose this place to celebrate their life,” said Gwen Samuels.

Donations to help the family can be made through the Robinson/Leary Family page on The account was setup by a family friend. As of Friday afternoon, more than $13,500 has been donated so far.

News 8’s Bob Wilson is attending tonight’s vigil, and will have a report on News 8 at 6 and 11.

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