Lupe Lopez, 83, was beloved by many and will be missed in Lansing's north side. A pillar in her community, Lopez made the Capital City her home for 45 years.
"It's a great loss because she was really a great woman," her son Sam said as he visited a memorial on the side of the road.
Lopez was killed Tuesday night after she was struck be a vehicle while trying to cross Grand River at the High Street intersection.
A memorial now marks the site of her death where friends and family have been visiting throughout the day. Some shed tears, others left flowers and candles, while sharing their memories.
"She loved to dance," said neighbor Chris Silva. "She and a friend she was always with. The would dance all the time. For her being an older lady she kept really active."
Lopez moved to the Great Lakes state to raise her family in 1962. Active in her church and the Cristo Rey community center, she loved the area and the people of Lansing. Her son, Sam, says her death will be felt throughout the community.
"It means a lot because we've lost a wonderful woman. A really great woman who had given a lot to this community."
Sam says he believes his mother is now in a better place as she was always a woman of faith. He says now he and his family will continue her legacy of helping others and building a better community.