Black Ribbons for Twilight Fan Killed at Comic-Con

Twilight fans are preparing a special memorial for the New York woman

Twilight fans in San Diego for Comic-Con are wearing black ribbons in honor of a 53-year-old New York woman who died in a tragic traffic accident hours before the convention opened.

The woman, who officials have not identified pending notification of next of kin, had been camping out near the San Diego Convention Center to save her place in line for the Thursday appearance of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

The stars of  "Breaking Dawn Part 2" will be in San Diego as part of Comic-Con 2012.

The distributors for the final "Twilight" film, Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment, said in a statement that they "and the entire 'Twilight' community are saddened by the death of a Comic-Con fan today due to a traffic accident during the hours leading up to this year's convention in San Diego. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the victim's family and friends. She will be respectfully remembered this Thursday in Hall H."

Katie Warren from Dallas, Texas said she and other fans have spent hours making black ribbons to remember the accident victim.

“Out of respect, we all decided as a group, as a Twilight fandom, as a family that we wanted to make black ribbons and we would wear them to show respect,” Warren said.

San Diego police said the Twilight fan tripped while crossing against the light at the corner of Harbor Drive and 5th Avenue around 9:20 a.m. Tuesday.

"The vehicle going westbound had the green light. Apparently the pedestrian stumbled and fell and the car clipped her." said Sgt. Ron Glass.

The woman was bleeding heavily from the head when she was transported to Mercy Hospital. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital officials said.

Twitter users quickly identified the woman and even created a memorial fund set up for the Twilight fan by others who follow the novels of Stephenie Meyer and the films.

“One of the best parts of this fandom is the way we all come together. It’s a huge family,” said Sharon Lottes who was one of the Twilight fans outside Comic-Con the morning of the accident.

“These lines become family. This is where you meet your new family members.”

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