ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – People gathered Thursday night to remember 4-year-old Lilly Garcia, who was shot and killed in a road rage incident on I-40 one year ago.
Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza filled with music and memories on Thursday night for a celebration of the life of Lilly on the anniversary of her death.
“My Lilly’s gone forever and she’s not coming back,” said Lilly’s mother, Veronica Garcia.
Last year, Lilly’s father was driving on I-40 with Lilly and her brother in the truck.
“They were picking me up,” Lilly’s brother said. “I was in first grade.”
She was shot and killed after, police say Tony Torrez fired at the truck in a fit of road rage.
“There’s no denying I’m still angry,” said Lilly’s father, Alan Garcia. “Those that know me know I’m not the same anymore.”
“We love her, and I miss my sister so much,” her brother said.
“I ask each and every one of you just to love each other,” Veronica said.
They lit candles, prayed and let go of dozens of balloons. But they asked the community not to let go of Lilly’s memory, especially on the road when frustration might be building.
“Just take a deep breath and think of us. Think about our beautiful daughter,” Veronica said.
Other victims’ families attended the event on Thursday night to show their support, including family of Jaydon Chavez-Silver, the Manzano High Schooler killed in a drive-by and friends of Steve Gerecke, the bartender who was shot and killed in his own driveway during a burglary.
Lilly Garcia’s accused killer is scheduled to go on trial for murder in December.