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.
Friends, family, and community members held a vigil in San Jose this evening at Ace Power Academy, where Keyla Salazar graduated from last month. Keyla is one of the 3 people killed at the #GilroyGarlicFestival shooting. She would have turned 14 on Sunday. #LateNewsTonight at 11 pic.twitter.com/Q9FYeQCJwk— Daniela Pardo (@danielapardotv) July 31, 2019
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.
#BREAKING 3 victims killed in #GilroyGarlicFestival shooting identified as 6 year old Stephen Romero of San Jose, 13 year old Keyla Salazar of San Jose and Trevor Irby of New York @nbcbayarea https://t.co/JBDzcMJXTF pic.twitter.com/w1Nmy8EQRh— Janelle Wang (@janellewang) July 29, 2019
Twenty-year-old Trevor Irby, a recent college grad and athlete, was attending the festival with his long-time girlfriend.