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Gilroy Garlic Festival: one year later, still #gilroystrong

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GILROY, Calif. (KION)--Today, we remember the victims and other lives touched by the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting.

Today marks one year since the tragic turn of events, when a gunman entered the festival and began shooting.

We honor the lives of the three innocent people who were killed--13-year-old Keyla Salazar, 25-year-old Trevor Irby, and 6-year-old Stephen Romero--all young with many dreams.

Trevor's parents describe him as the perfect son who would never hurt anyone.

Keyla's family says she was a strong and vibrant girl, described by many as "sunshine."

And the youngest victim Stephen is remembered as a good boy who was loved by everyone he met.

The community has not forgotten and will never forget that day. But from it, they rose, coining the term #gilroystrong.

And that's exactly what they are. Though the festival was canceled this year, the community held a virtual festival, where some of the traditional garlic-loving activities took place for people to partake in from home.

And in the days leading up to this anniversary, memorial bells were rung and families got together to always remember just how resilient the community is.

KION will have live coverage to mark the one year anniversary. Our special coverage starts at 5 p.m.

Crime / Santa Clara County / Top Stories

Mary Coleman

Mary Coleman is a morning anchor and managing editor at KION News Channel 5/46.

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