Students, teammates honor McAllen High School teen fatally shot by step-father

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“Everyone loved her. Anyone who came across her [was] just happy. There was no sadness, no hurt. You felt better when you were with her,” said junior Kassidy Newmann.

McAllen High School students say Ashley Segura Garcia’s smile could light up a room. On Tuesday morning, her softball teammates remembered her life which they say was taken too soon.

“Everyone loved her. Anyone who came across her [was] just happy. There was no sadness, no hurt. You felt better when you were with her,” said junior Kassidy Newmann.

Ashley died on Saturday after a heated argument prompted her step-father to shoot her and her mother before turning the gun on himself. 

Head Softball Coach Ruth Garcia received the news and immediately thought of her team. 

“There’s nowhere in the manual, there’s nowhere anywhere that we’re taught to prepare them for loss of life,” she said. 

Throughout the high school’s hallway, signs and banners have been put up with messages and pictures of Ashley. Many from classmates and teammates, others from those who never met her.

Esdras Acuna worked with Ashley at a local Whataburger. He said it was a selfless act after one of their shifts together that made him realize how kind she was. 

“When her shift finished, mine was about to finish and she was waiting for me just so she can give me a ride home just to make sure I’m safe,” he said. “Not a lot of people think like that and we need more people that think like that in this world.”

Teammates will honor Ashley’s memory this season by wearing ribbons and stickers on their helmets. 

To help pay for medical bills and funeral expenses, a mariachi sendoff concert will be held at McAllen High School on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. All of the proceeds will go to the family. 

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