SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) — Like millions of 10-year-olds, Uziyah Sergio Garcia loved video games, swimming and trampolines. He was also a natural at football, going about it without a hitch when he and his grandfather started kicking the ball together during spring break.

“Such a quick little boy and he could catch a ball so well,” his grandfather, Manny Renfro, told The Associated Press. “There were certain plays that I would call that he would remember and he would do it just like we practiced.”

Uziyah, who passed through Uzi, was the last of the 21 people killed in the Uvalde school massacre – 19 children and two teachers – to be buried. His funeral was held on Saturday at the Immanuel de San Angelo Baptist Church, where he lived before moving last year to Uvalde, about 200 miles (322 kilometers) to the south.

“We will fail to say, ‘I love you and Jesus loves you’, especially his response, ‘…and Jesus loves you too!’ his family wrote in an obituary for the boy, remembering his infectious laughter, his love of silly jokes and his gentle, outgoing nature.


Uzi’s favorite after-school snack was a Nutella sandwich with blue Takis, which he would try to persuade others to try, The New York Times reported.

“He was goofy, he loved to make you laugh,” Nikki Cross, an aunt the boy lived with, told the newspaper.

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