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A bullet struck a 5-year-old girl who was in a car with her parents on Saturday (Picture: GoFundMe)

A five-year-old girl who was excited for Easter was fatally shot while in a car with her parents on the way to dinner.

Eliyanah Crisostomo and her family were traveling southbound on Interstate 880 in Fremont around 6.40pm on Saturday when she was hit, according to the California Highway Patrol. She was identified by the Alameda Coroner’s Office, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

‘She passed away within 30 seconds of the incident,’ states a GoFundMe page for Eliyanah. ‘Investigators are doing their best to find out who did this.’

An ambulance transported Eliyanah to a nearby hospital, where she later died, said highway patrol officer Andrew Barclay.

They were heading to an Outback Steakhouse in Milpitas for dinner the night before Easter Sunday.

She would have turned six years old on April 21.

‘Eliyanah was a fun-loving little girl who loved life, had a giving heart, close with her three siblings, especially her brother who were 11 months apart,’ states the GoFundMe page. ‘Both were so excited for Easter before the family was torn to pieces by this tragic event.’

Suspects in the shooting have not yet been identified. The events leading up to the shooting are under investigation.

‘It’s incredibly important for us,’ Andy Barclay, spokesman for the highway patrol’s Golden Gate Division, told Fremont Patch. ‘Obviously any time there is a death of a child, it’s something that I think elevates it for any law enforcement agency due to the tragic nature of it.’

The freeway was closed to traffic for a few hours on Saturday as detectives searched for evidence.

As of Monday afternoon, the fundraiser had garnered more than $31,000.

‘All we can do right now is rally together and help the family say goodbye to their little girl,’ states the page. ‘Her parents thank everyone who has reached out and just ask for time as they heal.’

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