In a heart-wrenching incident that has left a community devastated, eight-year-old Harmoney Harper’s promising start to the school year took a tragic turn.
While waiting for her school bus with her brother outside their home, Harmoney was struck by another school bus. Despite prompt medical attention, her life could not be saved.
A Promising Start Cut Short
Harmoney Harper, like any other excited eight-year-old, was eagerly looking forward to the new school year at Oaklawn Elementary in Wichita, Kansas. Her first day was a blast, filled with the usual anticipation of new experiences. Tragically, Harmoney’s promising start came to a sudden and heartbreaking halt.
A Heartbreaking Accident
On the fateful morning of August 16th, Harmoney was waiting with her brother for their school bus outside their residence. In a devastating turn of events, she was struck by another school bus. Despite the swift response of first responders and resuscitation efforts, Harmoney could not be revived.
The accident occurred around 07:20am, but details about the number of students aboard the bus at the time remain unclear. Authorities confirmed that there were no other injuries, but the impact of the incident on Harmoney’s family and community is immeasurable.
A Father’s Heartbreaking Account
Jasper Harper, Harmoney’s father, shared the heartbreaking sequence of events leading to the loss of his daughter. He recounted how his wife heard their son’s screams for his sister, prompting her to rush outside. Jasper was awakened to the urgent plea, “I need you now.” By the time he reached the front door, he heard the devastating words, “Call 911, my daughter’s dead.” Harmoney had been playing outside her home, a place where she felt safe.
Community Mourning and Support
Neighbors were shaken by the tragedy, as Harmoney’s mother’s cries pierced the air. The community rallied in solidarity, offering their prayers and support. A neighbor expressed their empathy, not only for Harmoney’s family but also for the bus driver, whose emotional state is unimaginable.
Law enforcement officials have indicated that no charges are expected in connection with the incident.
A Community United
Devastated by the loss, Harmoney’s family established a GoFundMe campaign to help cover funeral expenses. The campaign’s description appeals for both financial assistance and heartfelt words of encouragement. As of the latest count, the campaign has received 650 donations, amounting to $30,031.
In the aftermath of this tragic event, the Wichita community shared their personal memories of Harmoney. Oaklawn Elementary Principal Donna Osborn remembered her as a bright presence, always eager to compliment those around her and offer warm hugs. Superintendent Heather Bohaty expressed the district’s grief and commitment to providing support to students and staff through additional social workers.
The loss of Harmoney Harper is a painful reminder of life’s fragility and the profound impact one young life can have on a community. As hearts mourn and memories are shared, Harmoney’s spirit lives on in the hearts of those who knew her. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Harmoney’s family, friends, and the Wichita community during this heartbreaking time.