Google is sharing 10-year-old Alithia Haven Ramirez‘s drawing that she submitted to the 2022 “Doodle for Google” contest.
Ramirez was one one of the victims of the Uvalde, Texas, mass shooting.
Google Doodle Drawn By 10-Year-Old Uvalde Victim Debuted For the World to See
The 4th grader submitted the artwork for the national contest for young artists before she was killed along with 18 other students and two teachers by a teenaged gunman, who opened fire in their classroom at Robb Elementary School on May 24.
The girl’s drawing entry is showcased on a special page that honors Alithia and the other victims of the shooting.
The sweet drawing depicts a little girl sitting on a sofa with two balls of yarn alongside a dog who is holding a toy. “Google” is spelled out with various objects on the wall in the background.
Alithia’s aunt, Rosemarie Ramirez, previously told PEOPLE that her niece “loved to draw.” After the attack, Ramirez opened her cell phone to show a drawing of sunflowers Alithia made for her: “It’s the last thing she gave me,” Ramirez said.
Alithia wanted to be an artist and dreamed of studying art in Paris, according to her obituary.
“I want the world to see my art and show the world what I can do, I want people to be happy when they see my passion in art,” Alithia wrote.
President Joe Biden asked Alithia’s parents for one of her drawings to hang in the White House when he traveled to Uvalde in late May.
“He did say, ‘Whenever we hang it up, we are going to send you a picture of where it is hanging, and you are free to see it anytime.’ Something special that she put her heart into,” her father Ryan Ramirez said, according to KENS5.
Alithia was not just known for her art but for her compassion.
Just a year before her death, she helped comfort the family of her best friend Nico, who was struck and killed by a car.
“I never imagined that this little girl would be mature enough to say, ‘Hey, you know what, I want to keep in touch. I want to check in,'” Fernanda Sedeno, Nico’s mom told CBSDFW. “I want to make [a] painting and bring a smile to your face. That’s what I loved about her, and that shows how pure and kind her heart was.”
“Even though she was so young, she still had the heart and [mentality] to reach out and think of others.”
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