Community comes together to cruise in honor of Yajaira Garcia

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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — The community continues rallying around Yajaira Garcia’s family, this time with a cruise in her honor. A caravan with more than 100 cars decorated with signs and balloons traveled on Seymour Highway to downtown Wichita Falls.

It’s been almost two years since Garcia’s death. Her family thought a cruise would help them in their continuing quest to demand justice for Yajaira.

“People are here to support them. And to remember and celebrate Yajaira,” Yaijaira’s mentor Gonzalo Robles said.

On November 3, 2018, Yajaira Garcia died of a gunshot wound. When deputies arrived on the scene on Hammon road, they said Joshua Cook was kneeling over her body with a gun in his hand and told them he had done it. Cook is charged with her murder and has been out on bond since November 2019.

“It’s extremely painful going through this time and that pain will never go away. And they feel that they are the ones suffering instead of the guy who committed this horrible murder. Imagine them and this guy is sitting at home,” Robles said as Yajaira’s mother Mayela Garcia’s translator.

After attending a cruise for murdered soldier Vanessa Guillen, Garcia’s family asked the organizer of that cruise to put one together for their beloved daughter.

“I had no problem with trying to put it together,” cruise organizer Larry Moreno said. “The time that they were wanting to do it, I had to push it out a little bit farther so it was enough time to get everything together on the situation.”

Starting at the soccer fields at Southwest Parkway and Barnett Road, more than one hundred cars and trucks took to Seymour Highway in honor of Yajaira and to remember her beautiful spirit.

“Yajaira was a wonderful person. There are no words to describe Yajaira. She had a kind heart, she was humble. Hard worker and she was ready to go to college. Just like that all of a sudden somebody took her life,” Robles said.

But as the second anniversary of Yajaira’s death draws near, this cruise was the support that her family needed.

“They feel lift up. Like a lift. They feel stronger to see all these people here with them. So that tells them that they need to continue fighting and keep going,” Robles said as Garcia’s translator.

Garcia’s family will continue to fight for justice for Yajaira and remember her precious soul forever.

The cruise concluded with a gathering at Moreno’s Detailing.

Cook was scheduled for trial on February 3, but the trial has been delayed because of the pandemic.


WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL)— A caravan in honor of Yajaira Garcia made its way to downtown Wichita Falls on Saturday.

The cruise began at Southwest Parkway and Barnett Road where participants lined up.

After the cruise for Vanessa Guillen a couple of weeks ago, Garcia’s family asked if the organizer, Larry Moreno, would host another for their daughter.

It was a way to show support for the family, and continue demanding justice.

The cruise continued from near the soccer fields, and went down Seymour Highway and passed by the Wichita County Courthouse.

The final destination was Moreno’s Shop on Indiana.

Garcia died of a gunshot wound on November 3, 2018.

When deputies arrived on the scene on Hammon road they said Joshua Cook was kneeling over her body with a gun in his hand and told them he had done it.

Cook is charged with her murder, and is out on bond.

On KFDX 3 News at 10:00 p.m., Pj Green will have the full story.

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