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Kim Kardashian is pleading for the temporary release of the incarcerated father of one of the victims of the Uvalde school shooting so that he can attend his daughter’s funeral.
“Eliahana ‘Ellie’ Cruz Torres, 10 years old, and one of the 19 victims of the shooting of Uvalde, TX." Kardashian wrote on Twitter alongside a smiling photo of the girl. "Her family are desperately hoping that her father, who is incarcerated for a non-violent drug offense, be granted temporary release so that he can attend her funeral,”
“So far their requests have been denied,” she continued. “I ask the @officialFBOP to grant Eli Torres temporary release so that he can say his last goodbye to his baby girl. Every parent deserves that right.”
Eliahana Torres was one of 19 students killed on May 24 in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas after an 18-year-old gunman stormed in and opened fire.
Eli Torres is currently serving time for drug trafficking and conspiracy at the McCreary United States Penitentiary in Pine Knot, Kentucky and is not slated for release until February of 2033, according to local station WYMT.
Just days after his daughter’s death, Eli Torres told The Houston Chronicle from behind bars that he had been told by officials that he wouldn’t be granted release for the funeral and would have to watch the service virtually.
“The choices I made, it cost me. I could have prevented this from happening, somehow, some way, as a father,” he said. “I could have stopped it somehow. Protected her.”
The former “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star isn’t the only public figure to advocate for the grieving father’s temporary release.
Kentucky Rep. Attica Scott also penned a letter to President Joe Biden asking for Eli Torres to have the opportunity to attend his daughter’s funeral.
“While the Bureau of Prisons has denied the request to allow Eliahana’s father to attend her funeral, our advocacy on behalf of her family must persist,” Scott wrote on Twitter while posting a copy of the letter.
In the letter — which was also copied to Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear — Scott said that Eliahana had been scheduled to visit her father this week before she was killed.
“If Eliahana’s father’s rehabilitation record and behavior as an inmate would merit, this family would greatly appreciate him to be able to unite with them as they mourn the loss of their family member, Eliahana Cruz Torres,” Scott wrote.
She later added “Anything you can do to help these families is greatly appreciated.”
Eli Torres told the The Houston Chronicle that in the days after his daughter’s sudden death, he has been suffering from nightmares.
"The days and nights, they’re dark,” he said. “I can’t see no light.”
He regularly talked with his daughter on the phone about softball and encouraged her to be positive about the life in front of her.
The young girl’s aunt previously told local station KENS that on the day of her death, Eliahana Torres had been excited about her final softball of game of the season, which had been scheduled for later that day.
“She was kind of nervous,” she said, when the family was still unaware of her fate. “I talked to her last night and she was kind of nervous, saying that it was her last game and she didn’t want softball to end.”
The family later confirmed to CNN that she had been one of the 19 students killed.
“Our baby gained her wings,” her aunt Leandra Vera said.
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