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Uvalde was 11 years old avid runner, remembered for energy

UVALDE, Texas ( Associated Press) — She adored koala bears and the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and danced on TikTok videos. She wanted her grandparents to pick her up from school as often as possible because they would treat her to tacos, her family said.

Layla Marie Salazar, 11, was being cremated at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Uvalde, Texas, on Thursday. She was the last of 21 victims of the May 24 mass school shooting in the southern Texas city to be put to rest.

Layla’s family described her as fiery in an obituary published on a funeral home’s website, and her father told The Associated Press that she was very funny and “super-energetic”.

She took pride in winning races—six of them—at Rob Elementary School’s annual field days.

Vincent Salazar said, “I knew right away that she was sharp when she was banging older kids.” “When she realized how fast she was, she just — you know, she paid attention to it.”

Layla’s father said she was looking forward to a trip to the zoo and to see the new Marvel superhero film, “Thor: Love and Thunder.” Guns N’ Roses’ rock song “Sweet Child O’ Mine” was used in the film’s trailer.

“Layla and I will jam it on the way to school and it’s the only thing that’s bringing me peace right now,” he said in a Facebook post the day after his death.

Later, he posted that Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash had offered his condolences.

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More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting

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