Memorial run held in honor of Lilly Garcia

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A road rage incident last October that killed four-year-old Lilly Garcia is still bringing community members together to stand behind her family.

Saturday, a special biker run in her honor.

“Lilly was the most beautiful little girl, with the big brown eyes, she had a smile that would just light up a room and she just had a great personality, huge personality,” Veronica Garcia, Lilly’s mom said.

Nearly a year after her death, Lilly Garcia’s memory lives on.

“It’s a huge honor to be able to come along side her and help her proceed in the goal of bringing justice for Lilly,” Monte Olivas, President of the Disciples said.

Saturday, dozens of bikers came together to show their support for Lilly’s family.

Her mom Veronica says she’s forever grateful.

“It’s amazing…it brings a little bit of comfort knowing that my daughter touched so many lives in her short little life,” Garcia said.

Before taking off on a memorial ride from the Thunderbird Harley Davidson on Alameda to the American Post 49 on Central and Eubank, the Disciples led the crowd in prayer to end road rage and child abuse.

“We just rallied around Miss Veronica here and Lilly and what we want to is bring public awareness to road rage and random acts of violence, we want to put a stop to it,” Olivas said.

In this second annual Run for Lilly, they’re also raising money for child abuse awareness.

Money raised Saturday is going to the Haven House for domestic violence victims.

“We need to take care of our babies is what we need to do,” Garcia said.

A trial date for Lilly’s accused killer Tony Torrez is set for the end of next month.

Just last week, the defense filed a motion to get his trial moved to another county because of media coverage. 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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