Layla Marie Salazar, a sweet and cheerful track star who loved to have fun, dies at 11

In memory of:

Layla Marie Salazar

Born: Sep 19, 2010, Elgin , IL
Died: May 24, 2022, Uvalde, TX
Age: 11

Layla loved to swim and dance. And she could really run. The 11-year-old won six races in a recent field day and took home blue first-place ribbons.

Now she would “run with the angels,” said her father, Vinnie Salazar.

He would “jam” with his daughter to “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses on the way to school. The song, he wrote on Facebook, was the only thing bringing him peace right now.

-- from the Texas Tribune

11-year-old Layla Salazar was a sweet and cheerful child that loved to have fun and dance to TikTok videos. 

Layla was athletic, she especially loved to run track. Her favorite sports team was the Dallas Cowboys. 

“She was just a whole lot of fun” said her father, Vincent Salazar. 

Read Layla's full obituary at

Author: Sofia Briones