Family and friends gathered at Our Lady Queen of Peace church to say their final goodbye to the teenager who was killed last weekend.
Yajaira Garcia, 17, was heading to her SAT the morning of November 3rd, but never showed. The Wichita County sheriff’s office says they found Garcia’s body on Hammon Ranch Road.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Josh Cook, 19, called 911 to say he had shot Garcia. On November 9th, about 100 of Yajaira’s family and friends came together to pay their final respects to the 17-year-old Wichita Falls high school student.
Angela Duron knew her through the Cafe Con Leche program and says Yajaira was always someone you could lean on for support.
“She was amazing. Caring, always happy even whenever she wanted to be down, she couldn’t be because she just had a great personality where she looked to the bright side and was always there for everyone,” said Duron.
Gonzalo Robles was one of her teachers at Cafe Con Leche and says the support from the community shows just how much she meant to so many people.
“I don’t think I honestly remember a day that I didn’t come across Yajaira and she didn’t have a smile. So, she always brought something good to the table. She’s one of those young people that had such a great heart,” said Robles.
Duron says she will always cherish the time she spent with Yajaira.
“She just loved being around kids. Even if we annoyed the heck out of her. She loved being our mentor and I’m really glad I got her as a mentor these five years,” said Duron.
Though Yajaira may be gone, those who knew her best say, she will never be forgotten.
There is an account set up on behalf of Yajaira’s parents at First Bank and you can go to any location to make a donation.