Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting: 6-Year-Old Stephen Romero Dies

6-Year-Old Boy Among the Victims at Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting

Stephen Romero, 6, was tragically killed on Sunday while attending the Gilroy Garlic Festival with his mother and grandmother, according to KRON. Stephen, as well as his mother and grandmother, were playing in the bounce house when a gunman randomly starting firing, hitting all three family members. Romero’s father, Alberto Romero, shared the news with the San Jose Mercury News

Romero recently graduated kindergarten and was excited about going into first grade, according to his family. 

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Chloe Weigand’s Family Speaks Out for First Time About Her Tragic Death Aboard Cruise Ship

During the shocking ordeal, Alberto received a call from his panicked wife. He told People, “I couldn’t believe what was happening, that what she was saying was a lie, that maybe I was dreaming.” 

After the call, he rushed to St. Louise Hospital in Gilroy. When he arrived, the nurses told him his son was in critical condition. Tragically, Stephen passed away just a few minutes later. 

Alberto shared that his son was “joyful, always wanted to play, always positive.” He told NBC Bay Area, “my son had his whole life to live and he was only six. That’s all I can say.” 

Stephen’s paternal grandmother was interviewed by ABC7 News, saying the shooter “has to be someone really sick. Because shooting a kid… it’s a family event. I just hope there is justice and they catch the last person or the other person and that there’s justice. I want justice for my grandson.” 

The suspect, who was killed by the police minutes after he began shooting, randomly shot at the crowd with an AK-47 type rifle at around 5:40 p.m. local time on Sunday. In addition to Stephen, he is responsible for killing a 13-year-old girl and a man in his 20s, as well as injuring 15 people. 

Gilroy police chief Scot Smithee spoke emotionally at a press conference on Monday, saying, the incident could have been “so much worse, so fast.” Thanks to the work of the police officers on site, they were able to move quickly to end the shooting. 

“Any time a life is lost, it’s a tragedy, but when it’s young people, it’s even worse,” Smithee said. 

This is a developing story. Please stay tuned for updates.

About Mamas Uncut

Mamas Uncut is the place for moms online. We cover the latest news around motherhood and parenting, plus entertainment news as well – all with a mom-focused twist. Looking for parenting advice? We have plenty of it, all for moms, from moms. Our mission is focused solely on empowering moms and moms-to-be with the knowledge and answers they’re looking for. We don’t stop there though, we have expert advice on a range of topics, and all of our categories get updated multiple times a day, so if there’s one website for moms you need to bookmark, it’s Mamas Uncut. We cover it all, from the latest and trendiest baby names, in the US and all over the world, to advice for moms in the workplace, or mom to mom advice on balancing it all. Looking for an answer to a specific question you’ve have? Head over to our new answers section, where you can ask questions on a nearly endless amount of topics, and you’ll get answers fast – really fast. Mamas Uncut is more than just the place for moms, it’s the community of moms – all here to help, make friends, and more. Not sure where to start? Take a look at one of our key topic areas like Pregnancy or Relationships – if you’re looking for advice on a specific topic, there’s a pretty good chance that we’ve already written on it (a few times), or that it’s within our answers section. If you don’t have time to read the site every day, we also have a newsletter that you can control how often you want to receive – that way we send all of the must-see content for moms directly to your inbox – it’s that easy. So go ahead and take a look around, ask a question, or just keep reading, we’re glad you’re here.

Leave a Comment