Hundreds mourn 4-year-old killed in Albuquerque road rage shooting

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Lilly Garcia

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – Hundreds of people have joined the parents of a 4-year-old Albuquerque girl to mourn her death last week in a road rage shooting.

About 300 friends and relatives filled a Catholic church for Lilly Garcia’s funeral Mass on Tuesday, a few wearing T-shirts with “Justice for Lilly” written on the back. “Love for Lilly” was scrawled on many vehicles.

Deacon Michael Illerbrun described her as a happy child who laughed often.

Her father had picked up Lilly and her brother from school Oct. 20 when he got into an argument on a highway with another driver, who opened fire on the family’s pickup truck. Lilly was shot in the head. She had just finished her second day of preschool.

Authorities have charged 31-year-old Tony Torrez with murder in her death. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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