October 31, 2016 started as a typical Halloween night for the Davila family in the small town of Lometa.
7-year-old Rubi Davila was sitting on the bed of a trailer towed by her father’s pick up truck with 17 other kids trick-o-treating.
Her father crossed over the rail road tracks and heard a bump.
Davila assumed the noise and bump he felt was simply the tracks, sadly, it was his daughter who had fallen off the front of the trailer and was ran over by it.
“The trailer actually ran her over and she passed away that night,” said Lometa Chief of Police Bob Montgomery.
He says no one realized she had fallen until others on the trailer looked back and saw her standing in the roadway.
She stood up, but collapsed moments later.
Her parents drove her to a hospital in Lampasas, about 20 minutes away, where she died hours later.
“It was complete shock, just horror how what a terrible tragic accident,” remembers Montgomery, “It’s still hard, even today.”
Tonight, one year after the tragedy, the community released balloons in honor of Rubi.
“The thing that i miss the most about her is her smile, me coming home from work and her telling me ‘Daddy, I love you’ I would say I love you too and she would say ‘I love you more daddy’ that’s what I miss the most, her smile,” said Fred Davila, Rubi’s dad.
He remembers his daughter was the most friendly 7-year-old he knew.
“If you didn’t know here and she first came to you and she would say hi and introduce herself, she would say hi i’m Rubi, even with a total stranger.”
The small town of Lometa and Rubi’s family is doing everything to make sure the little girl who touched so many people in her short life is never forgotten.
“I know she’s watching from up above in heaven, she’s with us,” said her dad.
No charges were every brought in Rubi’s death because the incident was ruled an accident.