Last Texas school shooting victim laid to rest
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Uziyah Garcia’s cross stands at a memorial site for the victims killed in this week’s shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Friday, May 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

SAN ANGELO, Texas () — Like millions of 10-year-olds, Uziyah Sergio Garcia loved video games, swimming and trampolines. He was also a natural at football, taking to it seamlessly when he and his grandfather started tossing the ball together over spring break.

“Such a fast little boy and he could catch a ball so good,” his grandfather, Manny Renfro, told The Associated Press. “There were certain plays that I would call that he would remember and he would do it exactly like we practiced.”

Uziyah, who went by Uzi, was the last of the 21 people killed in the Uvalde school massacre — 19 children and two teachers — to be laid to rest. His funeral was held Saturday at the Immanuel Baptist Church in San Angelo, where he lived before moving last year to Uvalde, about 200 miles to the south.

“We will miss saying, ‘I love you and Jesus loves you,’ especially his reply,’ … and Jesus loves you too!” his family wrote in an obituary for the boy, remembered for his contagious laughter, love of silly jokes, and sweet and outgoing nature.

Uzi’s favorite after-school snack was a Nutella sandwich with blue Takis, which he would try to persuade others to try, The New York Times reported.

“He was goofy, he loved to make you laugh,” Nikki Cross, an aunt the boy lived with, told the newspaper.

Don McLaughlin, the mayor of Uvalde, said Robb Elementary School will be demolished but did not give a timeline for when that would happen.

“You can never ask a child to go back, or a teacher to go back in that school ever,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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