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4-Year-Old Is Tragic Victim of Road Rage

The Short of It

Unthinkably, a 4-year-old girl was shot and killed in a road rage incident in Albuquerque on Wednesday.

The Lowdown

The tragic events unfolded when, according to witnesses, a vehicle driving on Interstate 40 in Albuquerque cut across traffic just as Alan Garcia was exiting the highway. The two adults allegedly exchanged heated words, and that is when shots were fired at Garcia's car. Inside were Garcia's two children, including his 4-year-old daughter Lilly, who was shot in the head. His 7-year-old son was unhurt. Horribly, Lilly did not survive the sickening assault.

Now, authorities say 32-year-old Tony Torrez has allegedly confessed to the shooting that fatally wounded the innocent child. According to Fox News, Torrez has been charged with multiple felonies including murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and child abuse resulting in death, and is being held on $650,000 bail.

Torrez apparently fled the scene of the crime, and police engaged in a massive manhunt to apprehend him, which thankfully they did with the help of a $26,000 reward.

Following his little girl's death, Lilly's shattered father said in an interview, "She was so proud to tell people she just turned 4. She just started school two days ago. She was very bright and very smart."

The Upshot

This heartbreaking tragedy hits very close to home for many parents. (A Go Fund Me page set up in honor of Lilly has already received more than $65,000 in donations.) I have a daughter who just turned 5, and I cannot imagine what this family is going through. It's a sobering reminder that you never know what another driver is capable of, and you can never be too careful. Our thoughts are with the Garcia family as they cope with the loss of their sweet child.

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