SAN ANTONIO - A vigil was held on Friday to mark the one year anniversary of the death of 7-year-old Iris Rodriguez.
Iris was walking on San Fernando Street near Cuellar Park with her parents when she was shot. She was taken to University Hospital and placed on life support, but she later succumbed to her injuries.
On Friday evening, her family created a memorial on the street where she was killed. They shared a prayer and released a rosary made of balloons in the air. Her uncle said that the whole family is still overcome with grief, especially Iris's mother.
"We still miss her but my sister is the one who's hurting right now because that was the only daughter that she had," said Albert Rodriguez, Iris’s uncle.
Despite the tragedy, Iris helped save the lives of two people after she died. All of her organs except her eyes were donated.
"So far, she's given life to a man that's 50 years old with one of her kidneys. Her heart went into a little boy that's 10 years old," said Josephine Juarez, Iris’s grandmother.
Her family said that her classmates at Margil Elementary School also released balloons at school on Friday.
"We've been trying to honor her in every way. Every holiday, every way we can to keep her memory going," Juarez said.
Four men were arrested in connection to the shooting. Peter Gonzalez, Frank Gomez, Manuel Watson, and Jonathan Campos. Campos later committed suicide at the Bexar County Jail.
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