Funeral arrangements made for teenage girl killed by gunfire

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Hidalgo school administrators will honor the short life of 17-year-old Jessica Saldivar, a great athlete, talented folklorico dancer, and a leader on and off the field, according to her coaches and teachers.

They agreed her life was cut far too short.

"Just to be so short, 17-years of a short life she had, she made everything she could from those 17 years," Jose Luis Jimenez, her assistant principal said.

Her life ended abruptly Sunday.

A bullet to the head left her in a coma, and her body gave up, but her memory will not die.

"It TMs very difficult because we were expecting Jessica to be playing with us next year, her soccer coach Vanessa Cervantes added.

She said Jessica TMs outgoing personality made her stand out on the field, and among her teammates.

"One of her characteristics is was that she would always bring the team together," Cervantes said.

Off the field, Jessica would also take center stage in her school's folklorico group.

Staff and students alike decided to honor her and help her family raise funds for her funeral.

They coordinated a fundraiser Saturday, August 4, starting at 7 p.m.

It will begin with a memorial, featuring her folklorico group, and continue with an alumni football game at 7:30 p.m.

All of the proceeds will go to Jessica's family to help cover funeral expenses.

According to the R.I.P. Jessica Saldivar Facebook page, the teen TMs body is at the Rivera Funeral Home off Pecan Avenue in McAllen.

The viewing will take place at the funeral home from 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The funeral service for Saldivar expected to be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday. She is expected to be buried at Hidalgo City Cemetery.

Hidalgo ISD will have grief counselors at the funeral for any student, staff or family members that need help coping with Jessica TMs death.