A school shooting is an event that, in theory, no one should forget. A tragedy of such magnitude, which challenges anyone’s faith in humanity, should remain in our memories as a symbol of the extent of perversion and all that is wrong with the system.
However, the truth is otherwise.
Shootings in America have become so frequent, that our short-term memory has atrophied, and many seem to forget and turn the page until another one happens, and so on.
Meanwhile, thousands of families mourn the empty seat at the table, the backpack that will never be packed again, and the dreams cut short.
Today we remember Alithia Ramirez, a ten-year-old girl who died in the Uvalde tragedy, and who will no longer fulfill her dream of going to Paris.
As reported by NBC News, Alithia was an aspiring artist, and her joy at turning 10 years old came with the dream of one day traveling to Paris.
The little girl was among the 19 children who, along with their two teachers, were killed on May 24 when an 18-year-old gunman opened fire with an AR-15-style rifle inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Alithia Ramirez was “an extremely loving young lady,” read her obituary. “She was very reliable, always wanted to take care of everyone, and was a role model to 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 her drawings to hang in the White House.
“This is a parent’s nightmare. This is the worst of the worst,” Ryan Ramirez told KENS-TV last week.
Funeral services for Alithia Ramirez were held last Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Uvalde. Her body rests in Hillcrest Cemetery.