Family responds after deadly Liberty County school bus crash

The makeshift memorial for Cambria Shuman continues to grow. (Credit: Shelbey Roberts)

It’s a heartbreaking scene as loved ones, neighbors and strangers left behind stuffed animals and flowers today for little Cambria Shuman. The 5-year-old was killed Tuesday morning in Liberty County after a deadly school bus crash.

Georgia State Patrol says the incident is still under investigation. But officials say the bus driver, 62-year-old Evelyn Rodriguez, veered off the side of the dirt road, landed in a ditch and slammed into a tree on Ray Road.

More than 20 people were taken to the hospital for injuries, but have since been released. At this time, no charges have been filed against Rodriguez.

The grieving Liberty County community is now rallying behind Cambria’s devastated family.

Her mother, Brandie Smith posted a heartbreaking message on Facebook.

It reads in part, “My heart, soul and body hurts. I find everything to be dull and mute. Cambria was so full of life.”

Cambria's father, Kris Shuman, is also processing the tragedy. He shared a post that reads in part, “Our hearts are all so broken at having lost this wonderful little girl. She was so bright and full of life.”

Cambria’s parents’ posts went on to paint a fuller picture of their little girl. They say she was a “firecracker” and “Southern bombshell” that loved dancing and flowers.

Now, flowers line her memorial site, commemorating a life taken too soon.

To donate to the family, visit their GoFundMe page.

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