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‘Sweet’ Uvalde loved 9-year-old ‘Encanto’, sports, dances

UVALDE, Texas ( Associated Press) — Elijah Garika loved the Disney movie “Encanto,” and the studio’s costume makers sent her parents a custom-made gown and other keepsakes to remember the 9-year-old after her burial. be able to help.

The family was performing a funeral on Monday for Eliana, also known as “Eli”, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Uvalde, two days after her 10th birthday. She was among 19 students killed in a mass shooting with two teachers at Robb Elementary School.

Her family was preparing for a big birthday party at her grandmother’s house. Eliana had anticipated gifts belonging to “Encanto”.

“She loved that movie and talked about it a lot,” Aunt Siria Arizmendi told The Associated Press.

San Antonio-area television stations reported that Disney sent a costume similar to the one worn by older sister Isabella in “Encanto,” whose special power is growing flowers. The dress is lilac and decorated with flowers.

Her aunt, a fifth-grade teacher at Flores Elementary School, also in Uvalde, said that Eliana loved dancing and playing sports. Her family described her on the GoFundMe page as a sweet girl “with a sweet and beautiful soul.”

Elijah was already rehearsing choreography for a Quinceanera party with her older sister, even though it was still five years away.

“She was shy but changed in front of the camera,” said her aunt.


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