DANBURY, Conn. (WTNH) – South Street can be a dark roadway but Saturday evening near where it intersects with Great Pasture Road faith lit up the night at a vigil. One year ago a young woman from Bethel walking in the area of that street was killed in an apparent hit and run. Her name was Rachel Sack, she was just 23-years-old.
“She was just cute as a button and she just had a heart that you could see,” said Paula Bernhardt, who worked with the victim.
In Rachel’s honor friends and family gathered to reflect on the life she lead. Some used the time to pray while others told stories.
Rachel was the mother of a 9-week-old son at the time of her death, who for a living worked with hospice patients. Friends of Rachel’s recall her being nothing short of an angel on earth.
“She was just our little ray of sunshine,” said Bernhardt. “No matter how your day was going she always put a lift in our step.”
Gerard Sack is Rachel’s father, the grief he feels over the loss of his daughter is still written all on his face but the company he’s had to share the burden with on this night he says has provided him a degree of comfort.
“It helps me carry on,” said Sack. “You need all the help you can get in these types of situations.”
The way Gerard feels is more than understandable when you consider police are still yet to make an arrest in the case. What they’re hoping for, someone can recall who may have been the driver of a white van investigators think is connected to what happened.
“If there is a person out there who did this and they know they did this we’re all not safe,” said Sack.
The Sack family is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person who took Rachel’s life.