A 13-year-old girl who was shot by a gunman at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California on Sunday might have inadvertently saved another relative’s life by staying behind amid the shooting to walk with a relative who makes use of a cane, the family mentioned.
Keyla Salazar, 13, was identified late on Monday by the Santa Clara County Coroner’s office because the third sufferer shot by a 19-year-old gunman while attending the Gilroy Garlic Festival. A person in his 20s, a 6-year-old and Salazar had been killed when Santino William Legan, 19, open-fired at the festival on Sunday before turning his “AK-47-type assault rifle” at responding officers. Legan was fatally shot by police. A minimum of 11 others had been injured.
Salazar’s aunt, Katiuska Pimentel Vargas, instructed the Associated Press on Monday that her niece was consuming ice cream with family members once they heard gunshots and commenced to flee. Salazar stayed behind to maintain tempo with a relative who made use of a cane and was shot with a bullet that in any other case might have hit the lady she was waiting for, Pimentel Vargas stated.
Pimentel Vargas advised BuzzFeed News the teenager would have turned 14 on Aug. 4 and was going to start out the ninth grade this fall. “I’ve no words to explain this pain I’m feeling,” she wrote on Fb on Monday in a post honoring her late niece.