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Family Of 6-Year-Old Killed At Garlic Festival Shooting Devastated: "He Was A Very Loving Kid"

Family Of 6-Year-Old Killed At Garlic Festival Shooting Devastated: "He Was A Very Loving Kid"

Alberto rushed to the hospital to see his son. "They told me he was in critical condition and that they were working on him," he said. "Five minutes later they told me he was dead."

The mass shooting at a popular food festival in Northern California also claimed the life of a six-year-old boy Stephen Romero. He was killed on Sunday when a gunman sneaked into the Gilroy Garlic Festival and began firing, reports CNN. The boy's family and neighbors are still in shock over his death. Stephen's father, Alberto Romero, told Mercury News that he was at home when his wife frantically called him to say that their son had been shot at the festival. "I couldn't believe what was happening, that what she was saying was a lie, maybe I was dreaming," he said.



 

Alberto rushed to the hospital to see his son. "They told me he was in critical condition and that they were working on him," he said. "Five minutes later they told me he was dead." When Stephen's grandmother Maribel Romero found out he had been shot, she went from hospital to hospital looking for him. Stephen was a happy kid, she said. "This is really hard, there are no words to describe (it)," she told CNN affiliate KRON of her grandson's death. "I don't think this is fair."



 

Stephen was among the three people killed Sunday evening. 13-year-old Keyla Salazar and Trevor Irby, a 2017 college graduate, were the others that lost their lives at the festival where 100,000 people attend the decades-old festival each year, according to previous records. The boy's mother was shot, too, and she suffered injuries to her hand and stomach. She is expected to recover from her injuries. 



 

"I just wish that they get the people who did it," Maribel Romero said. "We need to know that they got this person and that there's justice." On Monday, Gilroy City Council member Fred M. Tovar told CNN that he was saddened by the news of the child's death. "I pray that God will grant his family strength. My most sincere condolences. I will keep your family close in my thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks as you are going through the process of grieving," he said in a statement.



 

Stephen was called “El Romantico” by his uncle because even though he was only six, he had really great manners and was always well dressed. He was known for his pressed, button-down shirts and his love of ballads by his favorite singer, The Weeknd. “He wouldn’t leave the house unless he had cologne on,” Noe Romero told the local media. He described the boy as “a very outgoing kid, very loving.”



 

The boy’s cousin, Maya Esparza, who is San Jose City's Council member, took to Facebook to express her shock and sorrow. She wrote: Heartache and prayers for my cousins who were wounded yesterday and losing my little cousin, only 6 years old. And I’m angry, so angry. This violence has to stop. How do some people have such little regard for life? Alison Brunner commented on Maya's post: Sending so much love during this time of deep sorrow and heartbreak - and promises to continue to work together for change and for our community.



 

Kerry Rosado added:  My condolences to you and your family for their loss. There really needs to be stricter laws and enforcement to prevent tragedies such as these. So glad for organizations like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America. Lorianna Gardere commented: Oh Maya Esparza!!! I don’t even know what to say. I’m so sorry your family was involved. Praying for you. We may not be able to remove the indifference for life that people have, but we can CERTAINLY keep them from legally purchasing weapons of war. For the sake of this sweet baby boy and so many others. 



 

 

 



 

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