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'She was full of life': Uvalde's Makenna Elrod loved animals, church

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UVALDE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — Makenna Elrod was a light to all who knew her.

"She loved her family and friends so much," her mom April Brown Elrod said.

Makenna Elrod
Makenna Elrod April Brown Elrod

Makenna was one of 21 victims killed in the Robb Elementary School shooting May 24, and in the time since then her mom has worked to ensure she is remembered for who she was.

Elrod said her 10-year-old daughter "loved to play softball, gymnastics, loved to dance and sing, play with fidgets and spend time with her family." 

Softball was new to her this year but she fell in love with the sport and her teammates, her mom said.

"It would take her an extra 20 minutes to leave the ballpark every night to go around and say goodbye to all of her friends and their families. She wouldn't give just one hug, she'd give three big bear hugs," she said.

Makenna Elrod and April Brown Elrod
Makenna Elrod and April Brown Elrod April Brown Elrod

Makenna was also a member of the 4-H club and loved going to the ranch with her dad to feed animals and to ride on the ranger. 

"[She] was excited about getting to show pigs, steers, and chickens in the local 4-H stock show in the coming years," Elrod said.

Makenna Elrod
Makenna Elrod April Brown Elrod

Though her daughter made friends everywhere, she loved nothing more than to play with her brothers, sisters, and cousins — all who miss her terribly, her mom said.

"We are all struggling. We had so many plans, she had such a bright future," she said.

Makenna loved her family "big," Elrod said, and loved to write them notes and hide them to be found later.

"She was full of life and will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her," she said.

Makenna loved going to church, her mom said. In fact, in the months before her passing, Makenna had even downloaded a bible app on her phone and was reading scripture. 

Elrod said her favorite song when it was her turn to DJ was "The Lion And The Lamb," which she would belt out in the shower and the car.

"Makenna had a presence about her. You knew when she was in the room. She brought joy to all who knew her… Our family has a hole that can never be mended," her mom said. "I feel like when I found out she was missing I held my breath and I haven't been able to catch it yet."

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UVALDE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — Makenna Elrod fue una luz para todos los que la conocieron.

"Quería mucho a su familia y amigos", dijo su madre, April Brown Elrod.

Makenna fue una de las 21 víctimas asesinadas en el tiroteo en la Escuela Primaria Robb el 24 de mayo, y desde entonces su madre ha trabajado para asegurarse de que la recuerden por quién era.

Elrod dijo que a su hija de 10 años "le encantaba jugar sóftbol, gimnasia, bailar y cantar, jugar con inquietudes y pasar tiempo con su familia".

El softbol era nuevo para ella este año, pero se enamoró del deporte y de sus compañeros de equipo, dijo su mamá.

"Le tomaría 20 minutos adicionales salir del estadio de béisbol todas las noches para despedirse de todos sus amigos y sus familias. No daría solo un abrazo, daría tres grandes abrazos de oso", dijo. dijo.

Makenna también era miembro del club 4-H y le encantaba ir al rancho con su papá para alimentar a los animales y montar en el guardabosques.

"[Ella] estaba emocionada de poder mostrar cerdos, novillos y pollos en la feria de ganado local 4-H en los próximos años", dijo Elrod.

Aunque su hija hizo amigos en todas partes, nada le gustaba más que jugar con sus hermanos, hermanas y primos, todos los cuales la extrañan terriblemente, dijo su madre.

"Todos estamos luchando. Teníamos tantos planes, ella tenía un futuro tan brillante", dijo.

Makenna amaba "en grande" a su familia, dijo Elrod, y amaba escribirles notas y esconderlas para encontrarlas más tarde.

"Estaba llena de vida y vivirá en los corazones de todos los que la conocieron y la amaron", dijo.

A Makenna le encantaba ir a la iglesia, dijo su mamá. De hecho, en los meses previos a su fallecimiento, Makenna incluso había descargado una aplicación de la Biblia en su teléfono y estaba leyendo las Escrituras.

Elrod dijo que su canción favorita cuando era su turno de DJ era "The Lion And The Lamb", que cantaba a todo pulmón en la ducha y en el auto.

"Makenna tenía una presencia sobre ella. Sabías cuando estaba en la habitación. Traía alegría a todos los que la conocían... Nuestra familia tiene un agujero que nunca se puede reparar", dijo su madre. "Siento que cuando descubrí que ella no estaba, contuve la respiración y aún no he podido recuperarla".

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