A 17-year-old cheerleader from Arizona lost her life to an act of gun violence this past Sunday. Desiree Rivas, a vibrant student from Cesar Chavez High School in Laveen Village, was discovered fatally shot in Tolleson, a suburb merely 13 miles from Phoenix.
Rivas, known for her active participation in the school’s spirit line, was well-regarded in her school community. Her sudden demise has left many hearts shattered. The cheerleading squad at Cesar Chavez High School lamented the loss of Desiree, sharing a touching tribute on Instagram.
Law enforcement agencies are investigating the incident, and the shooter remains unidentified at this time.
The neighborhood where the incident occurred was jolted by the sound of gunshots. April Stokes, a resident, recounted the terrifying experience to FOX10. She described the intensity of the gunfire, which appeared to be coming from her own yard due to its proximity. Other neighbors who witnessed the incident rushed to provide assistance to Desiree.
Cesar Chavez High School acknowledged the tragedy in a heartfelt message to families. The principal, Robert Grant, referred to Desiree’s tragic end as a “senseless act of violence.” He emphasized Desiree’s affection for her peers, her compassion, and her significant role in the school’s spirit line.
In honor of Desiree’s memory, a vigil was held, attended by over fifty people, including friends, family, and schoolmates. Danny Rivas, Desiree’s father, expressed his gratitude for the community’s support during this trying time. He voiced his resolve to honor his daughter’s memory.