13-Year-Old Killed in California Garlic Festival Shooting After She Stayed to Help Relative Who Uses Cane
Keyla Salazar was just days shy of turning 14 and heading to high school in the fall.
Keyla Salazar was just days shy of turning 14 and heading to high school in the fall. Her aunt Katiuska Vargas told The Associated Press that Keyla was at the Gilroy Garlic Festival with her family, including her two little sisters, ages 4 and 12, when shots rang out. As others fled, Keyla stayed behind with the relative who uses a cane and was hit by a bullet.
She was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
"We just want Keyla to be remembered as someone that is beautiful," Vargas told BuzzFeed News. "She really cared a lot about other people. She loved animals. She had big dreams and aspirations and her life was cut short."
A GoFundMe page has been started to help Keyla's family.
Also killed in the shooting was 6-year-old Stephen Luciano Romero.
Stephen was at the festival with his mother, who was also injured but is expected to survive.
"This is really hard, there's no words...." Romero's grandmother told KRON. "He was such a happy kid, I don't think that this is fair."
The third victim was Trevor Irby, 25, who attended the festival with his girlfriend. She was not injured in the shooting.
He had just moved to the West Coast from New York and was working as a medical assistant, friends told the San Francisco Chronicle.
The gunman has been identified as 19-year-old Santino Legan. He was shot dead by police, who acted swiftly, bringing him down within 60 seconds after he opened fire at the festival.
An eyewitness said she confronted him and asked, “Why are you doing this?” She claimed he replied, “I'm really angry.”
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