CICERO, Ill. – Hundreds are mourning one of the suburban Chicago victims of the Northern Illinois University shootings who is being called "a daughter of Cicero," her hometown.
Pink ribbons, ties, hairbands and roses are plentiful at the funeral of Catalina Garcia, the first of five students to be laid to rest after last week's shooting rampage.
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Garcia lay in a pale pink coffin, dressed in a pink ball gown with a tiara in her hair. Her favorite color was pink.
The sophomore was studying to be a teacher. City officials say she represented the dream of many in the heavily Hispanic suburb west of Chicago.
Families at the Spanish mass at Our Lady of the Mount Church say Garcia was wise beyond her 20 years.
University President John Peters says Garcia accomplished much and brought happiness to many.