Stephen Romero – 6 years aged victim of Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting
29th July 2019
Stephen Romero is a 6-year old boy from San Jose California who was the first identified victim of the Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting.
His father, Albert Romero, confirmed his son’s death to local news stations. The boy’s dad was not with him at the shooting.
The little boy along with his mother and grandmother were the victims of the shooting. However, both the ladies survived with the godly grace.
News of the 6-year-old boy’s death in the mass shooting quickly circulated on social media. The shocking news about the little poor boy devastated people all over the world.
Stephen Romero Had Just Celebrated His 6th Birthday
Stephen Romero recently turned 6 years of age, just before the shootings at the Gilroy Garlic Festival took his life in California Sunday evening.
According to NBC Bay Area, the boy had recently celebrated his birthday at Legoland. Romero and his mother along with Stephen’s grandmother were there at the time of the shootings.
Unfortunately, the six years old left his parents. In fact, Romero’s mother is injured after getting shot in the hand and stomach. His mom might’ve survived this tragedy but it surely kills her later on emotionally. Likewise, his grandmother remains seriously injured.
Stephen Romero Parents
Romero’s family members are calling on witnesses to speak out so justice can be served.
Romero’s grandmother told Kron, that “he was a happy kid.” Albert Romero, the father of Stephen Romero, is calling on witnesses to share information. “If anybody has info on the shooting of Gilroy garlic festival get at me he killed my son,” he wrote on social media.
'He was such a happy kid'
The grandmother of 6-year-old Stephen Romero speaks about her grandson after he was shot and killed at the Gilroy Garlic Festival pic.twitter.com/GKr7jFU4Ku
— KRON4 News (@kron4news) July 29, 2019
He shared a photo of his young son at Legoland during his sixth birthday celebration. The boy’s aunt, Kerry Romero, called on witnesses to share information, so the second suspect is caught. “We love you, Stevie. Sleep peacefully with the angels baby,” she wrote on Facebook.
Members of the community also expressed support for the family. Others called for change, so mass shootings like the one that took Romero’s life stop happening at such a devastating pace.
Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting
Three people tragically died in the shooting. Above all, the shooter died himself. Another 11 people or more suffered injuries from the incident and taken to local hospitals for treatment.
The police at the festival instantly encountered the suspect firing shots at public, according to Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee. Police are looking for a second suspect.
The hearts of Gilroy PD and entire community go out to the victims of today's shooting at the Garlic Festival. The scene is still active. If you are looking for a loved one, please go to the reunification center at Gavilan College at parking lot B. #GilroyActiveshooter
— Gilroy Police (@GilroyPD) July 29, 2019
Shots rang out at about 5:40 p.m. on the north side of the crowded festival. Police officers were already in the area and “engaged” the suspect within one minute.
Festival attendees captured video of people fleeing the gunfire. The videos capture the horror as a serene setting turned deadly.
People struggled to understand what was happening as they saw people running, then processed the scenario and ran.
A person shouted in the background of one video, “I’m not leaving her!” Smithee said two suspects entered the festival grounds from the creek area after using tools to cut through the gate. He described the mass shooting as “a nightmare” that struck a tightly knit community.
“The city of Gilmore is an incredible community, and we have incredible people here, and I’m really proud to be the chief here and lead this force,” – Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee.
Brian Bowe, director of the Gilroy Garlic Festival, also spoke about the bond the community shares, saying Gilroy is a family. “This festival is like our annual family reunion,” he said.
Also, Gilroy Police wrote on Twitter a family reunification center, and witness hotline set up for the mass shooting. They wrote that Gilroy PD hearts go out to the victims of shooting at the Garlic Festival.