Uvalde victim Uziyah Garcia laid to rest in hometown of San Angelo

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Mourners gathered on the steps of Immanuel Baptist Church following the funeral services.
Mourners gathered on the steps of Immanuel Baptist Church following the funeral services.

SAN ANGELO — Uziyah Garcia, who died during the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, was laid to rest in his hometown of San Angelo on Saturday, June 25.

The Immanuel Baptist Church was filled with flowers, pictures and people mourning for the last of the 21 funerals for the victims of the tragedy on May 24.

The service for the 10-year-old was followed by a committal at Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens.

Uziyah was born on Aug. 13, 2011, in San Angelo, to his parents Sergio Garcia and Mandy Marie Renfro. "Uzi" attended Day Head Start and TLCA in San Angelo, according to his obituary.

"We will forever miss Uzi, but most of all his contagious laugh, his shaggy hair, and silly jokes," the obituary stated.

Uziyah's aunt Leticia Garcia read a eulogy talking of the life "Uzi" lived and how the family has been mourning.

"A couple nights ago, I got to see Uzi in my dream," she said. "I kiss him, I hugged him and told him I loved him, and he told me he loved me. I told him 'Jesus loves you,' and he told me 'Jesus loves you,' in my ear."

Garcia talked about the "unbreakable bond" Uziyah and his dad had.

"He wanted to grow up just like him," Leticia said. "My brother was Uziyah's superhero. He did everything my brother did as a kid. He would run around in capes made of towels and close pins, wearing these super hero capes and masks like his dad."

This March 2022 photo provided by Manny Renfro shows his grandson, Uziyah Garcia, while on spring break in San Angelo, Texas. The 10-year-old  was among those killed in Tuesday's shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24 in Uvalde, Texas.
This March 2022 photo provided by Manny Renfro shows his grandson, Uziyah Garcia, while on spring break in San Angelo, Texas. The 10-year-old was among those killed in Tuesday's shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24 in Uvalde, Texas.

Leticia said they are going to miss everything about Uziyah.

"His handsome face, his smile, his messy hair, his perfectly imperfect teeth, his laugh, his hugs, his kisses and his entire presence," she explained. "We know you are in heaven now. You took a big piece of our hearts with you and life will never be the same."

This article originally appeared on San Angelo Standard-Times: Uvalde victim Uziyah Garcia laid to rest in hometown of San Angelo