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Catalina Garcia Obituary

We invite you to share condolences for Catalina Garcia, 20, of Cicero, Illinois, who was killed in the Northern Illinois University shooting in DeKalb, Illinois, on February 14, 2008.

The youngest of four siblings in a family from Guadalajara, Mexico, Catalina Garcia's family settled in suburban Cicero, west of Chicago.

The 20-year-old wanted to become a teacher, something her family admired.

"She was adored by our family because she wanted to become somebody in life - that's what she was going to school," her father, Jacinto Garcia, told Spanish-language radio station WOJO-FM, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

She was a 2006 graduate of Morton East High School, where she belonged to the Yearbook Club and a campus dance group. She was shy, very bright and a good student, recalled Michael Parrie, her chemistry teacher junior year.

"She always had a smile on her face, such a positive attitude and outlook on life. It was contagious," Parrie said.

Copyright © 2008 The Associated Press
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