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Hero 13-year-old girl killed in Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting was helping ailing relative when she was fatally shot

Authorities have identified the 13-year-old girl who was killed in the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting on Sunday, and her family has revealed heartbreaking details about the circumstances of her death.

According to the New York Post, the Santa Clara County Coroners Office identified the teen victim as Keyla Salazar of San Jose, California.

According to KTVU, Keyla’s aunt Katiuska Pimentel said that the girl was with a group of relatives when shots rang out at the festival on Sunday, prompting attendees to flee the area. Keyla reportedly stayed back in order not to abandon a family member who requires the assistance of a cane to walk. The aunt said that Keyla was shot with a bullet that may have otherwise hit the disabled relative.

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Pimentel reportedly said that she and Keyla’s mother visited multiple hospitals in a frantic search for the 13-year-old, and later learned she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Keyla’s father was reportedly injured in the shooting. Two of her younger sisters were present, but unharmed.

According to CBS Sacramento, Keyla would have turned 14 this coming weekend.

The New York Post reports that a local car dealership with a confirmed connection to the Salazar family has created a GoFundMe campaign to help support Keyla’s grieving relatives.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Stephen Romero, 6, was another child fatally shot in the massacre. A third man in his twenties, Trevor Irby, was also killed.

The presumed gunman, 19-year-old Santino William Legan, was fatally shot by police just a minute after first responders arrived at the scene, authorities said in a Monday news conference.

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[Feature image: Keyla Salazar/GoFundMe]