‘She was the sweetheart of the family’: Kaysville family remembers Macie Hill

Jul 5, 2022, 7:26 PM | Updated: Jul 26, 2022, 4:44 pm

KAYSVILLE, Utah — An 8-year-old girl is remembered in Kaysville as the “light, sparkle and sunshine” of her family and the community.

Macie Hill died after she was run over by a trailer being pulled by a truck in Kaysville during the 4th of July Parade. She was part of the Patriot Cheer All-Stars team that was performing before spectators.

“We are just devastated. She was having fun and doing the things she loved the most, and it took her life,” her uncle Paul Bundy told KSL TV. “She was the sweetheart of the family. She was loved by everyone.”

Macie was the youngest of three children, according to Bishop Ryan Dopp, the family spokesperson, and a very close family friend. He said Macie especially loved being a part of the cheer team.

“Her dad told me she died doing what she loved, which was being with her teammates and cheering,” Dopp said.

Dopp said right now, her parents are still trying to deal with what happened.

“They’re devastated. They’re still in shock. They’re still processing what has happened,” he continued.

Dopp said their hearts and love go out to the witnesses and the first responders who were there in seconds and tried to save their daughter’s life.

“(Her dad said) I feel so sad for the people who were there who had witnessed this. I feel so sad for the person who was driving that car. And it speaks to the quality of people that the Hill family is,” Dopp expressed.

Shawna Dennis, a mother of four, witnessed it all happen with her boyfriend and kids. She saw Macie on the ground and the back trailer tires that ran her over.

She said she is so traumatized by the event that she stayed home from work Tuesday to try and deal with it.

“I was just in total shock. I was shaking. I couldn’t move. I couldn’t function,” Dennis told KSL.

She doesn’t know if Macie fell off the trailer or fell while walking next to the trailer. But Dennis said Macie possibly hit her head because she appeared already unconscious when she was run over.

“It’s heartbreaking. I can’t imagine what that family is feeling. That was their baby girl,” Dennis said.

The Hill family said their faith in God is helping them get through this.

“There’s hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that families are eternal, and families can be together forever and that we will see Macie again,” Dopp said.

Kaysville police told KSL they are still investigating what exactly happened. They say no charges or citations have been issued at this point.

On Tuesday night, dozens came together at the Pioneer Cheer Gym in Kaysville to help each other and the family come to terms with the loss.

“We all loved Macie,” a man said at the candlelight vigil.

“We will miss her beautiful voice and her beautiful laughter,” Dopp said.

When words failed, raw emotions said the rest.

“We are thankful, though, for whatever time we had to spend with her, to know her, to have her in our lives,” Dopp said in a prayer.

Even if they weren’t the one saying it, everyone held a prayer in their heart for a precious little girl.

“We are reminded that the sorrow that we feel is but a shadow of the love that we felt and feel for her,” Dopp said.

If you wish to donate to the family, you can visit the *GoFundMe set up by the Hill’s neighbor.

*KSL TV does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisers and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

A local rap battle held Saturday, June, 22, 2024, helped raise funds for the victim of drive-by sho...

Brianna Chavez

Local rap battle helps raise funds for victim of drive-by shooting

The family of a teenager shot in a drive-by shooting in Murray last month is grateful for the support of a niche community.

3 hours ago

(Zoë Petersen, Deseret News)...

Hanna Seariac, Deseret News

Washington County attorney says no evidence of a candidate acting inappropriately in signature gathering

Washington County Attorney Eric Clarke also said there was no evidence of a candidate or the company acting inappropriately. He said he was looking into the matter to do his due diligence and build public trust.

4 hours ago

Traffic was backed up on Interstate 15 near milepost 285 Saturday evening following a felony stop o...

Mark Jones

Kidnapping suspect arrested near Point of the Mountain

The Utah Highway Patrol says a kidnapping suspect has been arrested Saturday evening near the Point of the Mountain. 

5 hours ago

With wildfires starting to pop up around the state, Stage 1 fire restrictions are now in place in s...

Alex Cabrero

Stage 1 fire restrictions now in place for southern Utah

With wildfires starting to show up around the state, Stage 1 fire restrictions are now in place in southern Utah as announced Friday by the Bureau of Land Management. 

5 hours ago

Highway 128 covered in mud after a severe storm swept through Grand County on Friday. (Grand County...

Kyle Remund, KSL NewsRadio

Cleanup begins after severe storm in eastern Utah

The Grand County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement earlier Saturday detailing both the damage caused by the storm and the efforts of first responders because of it.

7 hours ago

FILE: Two crop dusting airplanes collided near an airport in southern Idaho on Thursday, June 20, 2...

Associated Press

2 crop dusting airplanes collided in southern Idaho, killing 1 pilot and severely injuring the other

Two crop dusting airplanes collided near an airport in southern Idaho on Thursday and crashed to the ground, killing one of the pilots and leaving the other with life-threatening injuries, officials said.

7 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 internet safety tips for kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why printer security should be top of mind for your business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light up your home with these top lighting trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for hassle-free computer repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

‘She was the sweetheart of the family’: Kaysville family remembers Macie Hill