Texas mass taking pictures sufferer Leilah Hernandez mourned by finest associates

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Associates of Texas mass taking pictures sufferer Leilah Hernandez mentioned throughout a vigil Sunday evening that the tragic dying of the 15-year-old lady felt just like the lack of a sister.

Yasmin Natera, 16, and Celeste Lujan, 15, carried a poster board embellished with photographs of Hernandez throughout the night service in remembrance of the seven folks killed in Saturday’s rampage at The College of Texas of the Permian Basin.

“[Leilah] was filled with pleasure and happiness. Is aware of methods to make somebody’s unhealthy day flip into a very good day,” Natera advised The Submit. “She stored folks out of hassle.”

{The teenager} was “extra centered on faculty than boys,” her associates mentioned.

On Saturday, Leilah and her 18-year-old brother Nathan Hernandez had been choosing up a truck he’d simply purchased from a dealership within the Odessa-Midland space when a gunman started taking pictures from a automobile.

Nathan wrapped his arms round his sister, and acquired hit by a bullet in his proper arm, their grandmother Nora Leyva advised The Washington Submit.

Leilah was shot by way of her left shoulder close to her collarbone, Leyva mentioned.

Her final phrases had been: “Assist me, assist me.”

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In a tribute to his sister on Twitter, Nathan wrote: “I’ll at all times love you child sis.”

“I want [it] would of been me,” he wrote. “You continue to had your complete life forward of you.”

The Odessa Excessive Faculty sophomore had simply celebrated her quinceanera in Might. Pictures from the occasion present her trying regal in a bedazzled inexperienced robe.

She had been enthusiastic about beginning catechism lessons, her grandmother mentioned.

Leilah additionally performed basketball. Her classmates requested college students to put on her quantity 23 or inexperienced on Tuesday morning in her reminiscence.

Natera and Lujan mentioned they might be inserting the poster they made in entrance of a tree close to their faculty, the place the three of them would normally meet earlier than lessons.

“She simply needed to assist folks out … ,” Natera mentioned of her buddy. “It’s like dropping a sister.”