Relatives have identified a Paschal High School junior who was killed Friday in a shooting at a Whataburger restaurant across from the Fort Worth school.
Zacharia Trevino, 17, will be forever missed, his mother, Erica Rico Silva, wrote in a Facebook post. “I’m so broken without you,” she wrote.
She thanked God for “blessing us with My Baby Boy. … Thanks for his life. Give us peace, comfort and compassion as we leave this all in your hands.
In another post, she thanked “everyone who continues to keep our family in prayer,” saying “we appreciate it more than you know.”
Zacharia worked as a cook at the Whataburger and was about to become a father in a few months, his mother told WFAA-TV. She said he died trying to protect his cousin – the teenage girl who was seriously injured in the shooting. She remained in hospital on Sunday.
“He did exactly what we taught him, which was to protect,” she told WFAA. “His life was not just centered on selfish acts. He changed all that by standing up for what he believed in, protecting.”
Police had not yet made an arrest on Sunday, but were looking for the suspected shooter. Both the victims and the suspect are all Easter students, according to the authorities.
Police Chief Neil Noakes said Friday that the student with the gun opened fire after an argument that turned into a fight at the restaurant at 2401 W Berry St.
Zechariah’s mother described him as loving and caring. “We had so many dreams and hopes for Zacharias,” she said.
The family is raising money for funeral expenses. Donations can be made via Cashapp to @EricaRico86.