Funeral set for 4-year old girl killed in New Mexico road rage shooting

27 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

4-year-old road rage victim’s funeral set for Tuesday.

Instead, the 4-year-old with bright eyes and a big smile often told others “see you later,” her family said in an obituary recalling the girl’s love for blue Icees and reading time.ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Community members paid their respects Monday evening at a public visitation for a 4-year-old girl who was killed last week in a road rage shooting on an Albuquerque freeway.

The funeral Mass for Iliana “Lilly” Rose Garcia is set for 9 a.m. at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church at Alameda and 4th Street.Few things can pierce a community’s heart like the senseless death of a child or the savage attack on someone who dedicates his or her life to protecting the public.Hundreds of people who filed into a North Valley church Monday to pay their respects to slain 4-year-old Lilly Garcia were met with silence, save for the sound of Lilly’s mother crying. Some of the pictures had “Lilly, we love you” printed on them. “I don’t think they’re doing any better tonight,” said Lilly’s grandmother Maria Cruz about her daughter and son-in-law. “After all this is over and everyone leaves, it’s going to start to sink in.” Lilly was shot and killed last Tuesday in an apparent road rage incident on Interstate 40 west of Coors. Todd Farkas, a public defender assigned to the case, said his office will wait to issue a statement until after Lilly’s funeral out of respect for the family.

An anonymous tipster identified Tony Torrez, 31, as the alleged shooter based on a widely circulated description of the suspect and the car he was driving. An I-40 motorist who learned of the shooting after reaching Gallup called State Police to say he had seen a red Toyota, later identified as Torrez’s. Trey Ganem, a casket maker from Texas, designed one to look like it was floating on clouds, with Rainbow Dash, a My Little Pony character, and a rosary decorating the outside. While the community was still recoiled in horror over Lilly’s senseless death, Webster was gunned down on Wednesday night, allegedly by career criminal Davon Lymon.

Cruz said the family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, including financial donations and a candlelight vigil at Civic Plaza on Saturday. She said Lilly would video chat with her every day. “She would get up at night when I spent the night here,” Cruz said. “Then she would sneak into my room to lie down. Among the many who have stepped up with donations are French Funerals and Cremations for Lilly’s funeral and burial, Ashley’s Baptism and Communion for her dress and Trey Ganem of Edna, Texas, who made the coffin in which she will be buried today.

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