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RIP Keyla Salazar, 13, Who Wouldn't Abandon Her Relative w/Cane When Shots Started To Fly At Gilroy

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RIP Keyla Salazar, 13, Who Wouldn't Abandon Her Relative w/Cane When Shots Started To Fly At Gilroy

Mourning the loss and celebrating the courage of 13-year-old Keyla Salazar, who stayed behind to help her family member who walked with a cane when the shooting began at the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

Keyla Salazar was eating ice cream with her family at the Gilroy Garlic Festival when they heard shots ring out. 

According to her aunt, Katiuska Pimentel Vargas, while others began to flee, Keyla stayed behind to help a family member who walked with a cane - that's when the soon-to-be high school freshman was struck by a bullet.

She died on the scene. She would've turned 14 this week.

Keyla's aunt told Buzzfeed:

"We just want Keyla to be remembered as someone that is beautiful. She really cared a lot about other people. She loved animals. She had big dreams and aspirations, and her life was cut short."

The eldest of three sisters, Keyla loved to draw and aspired to become an animator, says her aunt, adding:

"We need some type of change ... so we ensure that this doesn't happen to another kid, that there's not another Keyla, that there's not another family that has to go through this. I don't wish this on anybody."

Keyla is one of three victims gunned down by suspected far-right white supremacist Santino Legan at the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting.

Six-year-old Stephen Romero had just graduated from kindergarten. He was attending the festival with his mother and grandmother, both of whom were wounded.

Twenty-year-old Trevor Irby, a recent college grad and athlete, was attending the festival with his long-time girlfriend.

GoFundMe pages have been set up to support their families. You can donate here: RomeroSalazar, and Irby.

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