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Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting Victims Include 6-Year-Old Boy, 13-Year-Old Girl

Stephen Romero, 6, was described by his grandmother as "playful" and "always kind."

Two children were among the three people killed in Sunday’s mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California, police said.

Those killed included a 6-year-old boy, a 13-year-old girl and a man in his 20s, Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said at a news conference Monday. 

The boy’s family identified him as Stephen Romero, according to reports from CNN, NBC, CBS and several local media outlets. The adult male victim was later identified as Trevor Irby, a recent graduate of Keuka College in New York. The Santa Clara County coroner’s office identified 13-year-old Keyla Salazar of San Jose as the third victim, according to local news outlets.

Stephen was attending the popular food festival with his mother and grandmother when a gunman opened fire, his other grandmother, Maribel Romero, said in an interview with KGO-TV.

Stephen, she said, was “always kind, happy and ... playful.” 

Romero said she rushed from hospital to hospital looking for her grandson, but he died before she located him.

“This is really hard, there’s no words to describe. He was such a happy kid,” Romero told KRON-TV.

Stephen’s father told the station that his wife was shot in the hand and in the stomach, but was expected to survive. The boy’s other grandmother was also wounded. Her condition wasn’t immediately known.

“My son had his whole life to live and he was only 6,” his father, Alberto Romero, told NBC Bay Area.

Keuka College President Amy Storey said in a statement Monday that Irby was attending the festival with another former student, Sarah Warner, who was not injured. Irby, originally from the Finger Lakes area of central New York, graduated from Keuka College in 2017 with a degree in biology.

“We are shocked that this latest episode of senseless gun violence resulted in the loss of one of our recent graduates ― graduates in whom we place so much hope because of their potential to create a brighter tomorrow,” Storey wrote.

The suspected gunman was also killed, and at least 12 others were injured in the shooting, officials said.

This article has been updated with more information on victims. 

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