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

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — 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.

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 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.

Ryan Ramirez said Biden told parents, “Every time we hang it up, we’ll send you a picture of where it’s hanging, and you’re free to see it 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