‘I’ll never get her back’: Families hope shooter is brought to justice

‘I’ll never get her back’: Families hope shooter is brought to justice

From the Las Vegas Optic

Adelina Tafoya liked to sing and had even recorded a song in a studio. She also liked to make short videos and post them to the popular social media app TikTok. For Briana Saiz, her sister, Tafoya was someone she could always count on for a laugh.

“My sister was one of a kind. She really was,” Saiz said. “She lit up the room, she was outgoing and liked to have a good time. And she was always in a good mood. What we call the carrilla. Me and here were always back and forth with the carrilla.”

That laughter was tragically silenced on July 6 when someone shot and killed Tafoya near Storrie Lake State Park. Two other teens — 16-year-old Brianna Leyba, and a 15-year-old boy —  were injured in the shooting. Leyba is currently in the hospital in critical, stable condition, but according to her mother Pamela Martinez, if Leyba recovers, it could take months.

Both families want to see the shooter arrested.

“I just want justice,” Martinez said through tears. “I want the person to come out and tell the truth, because whoever did it, they hurt my baby.”

Saiz too wants justice.

“That’s all I want. I’ll never get her back. I’ll never be the same,” she said. “Where it happened, I have to pass through there every day to go to work. It’s awful. This is a nightmare.”