Funeral of a girl from Uvalde who dreamed of going to art school

UVALDE, TX – Mourners on Sunday remembered a girl who was an aspiring artist, whose joy at reaching the double-digit age of 10 charmed broken hearts around the world.

Alithia Ramirez was among 19 children who, along with their two teachers, died on May 24 when an 18-year-old gunman opened fire with an AR-15 rifle inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde , in Texas. Alithia’s funeral has been set for Sunday afternoon at First Baptist Church. The funeral will continue until mid-June.

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Alithia Ramirez

Ten-year-old Alithia Ramirez was a loving and caring girl who loved to draw.

Her obituary describes her as an intelligent and extremely loving young woman who dreamed of going to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She was very reliable, always wanted to take care of everyone and was a role model for her siblings.

Alithia’s parents met with President Joe Biden during his visit to Uvalde on May 29, KENS-TV reported. They said Biden asked if he could have one of his drawings to hang at the White House.

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Ryan Ramirez said Biden told the parents, “Every time we hang him, we’ll send you a picture of where he’s hanging, and you’re free to see him anytime.”

Ryan Ramirez rushed to Robb Elementary when he heard about the shooting. He told KTRK-TV that he just wanted to find his daughter and bring her home.

After her death, a photo went viral of Alithia smiling broadly as she wore a tie-dye t-shirt that read: “Out of single digits” and “I’m 10”. His birthday was April 28.

Her father then posted this same photo on Facebook without words, but with Alithia wearing angel wings.

“It’s a parent’s nightmare. It’s the worst of the worst,” Ryan Ramirez told KENS-TV on Wednesday.

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Kayleen C. Rice