UVALDE, Texas— Eliahna Garica loved the Disney movie ‘Encanto,’ and the studio’s costume designers sent her parents a custom-made dress and other keepsakes to help them remember the 9-year-old after her funeral.
The family was holding a funeral for Eliahna, also known as ‘Ellie’, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Uvalde on Monday, two days after what would have been her 10th birthday. She was among 19 students at Robb Elementary School killed in a mass shooting, along with two teachers.
Her family had prepared a big birthday party at her grandmother’s house. Eliahna had hoped for “Encanto” related gifts.
“She loved that movie and talked about it a lot,” Aunt Siria Arizmendi told The Associated Press.
San Antonio-area TV stations reported that Disney sent a dress resembling the one worn by Isabela, “Encanto’s” older sister, whose special power is to grow flowers. The dress is lilac and decorated with flowers.
Her aunt, a fifth-grade teacher at Flores Elementary School, also in Uvalde, said Eliahna liked to dance and play sports. Her family described her on a GoFundMe page as a sweet girl “with a beautiful, beautiful soul.”
Eliahna had already choreographed with her older sister for a quinceañera party, although it was still five years from now.
“She was shy but changed on camera,” her aunt said.
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