Kim Kardashian hopes to help the father of a school shooting victim in Uvalde, Texas attend his child’s funeral “so he can say his last goodbye”.
On Thursday, the reality TV star and prison reform advocate pleaded with the Federal Bureau of Prisons to have Eliahana “Ellie” Cruz Torres’ father temporarily released to attend her funeral.
She wrote that the family of the 10-year-old, who was one of 19 college students killed last week, “hoped desperately” that Eli Torres, who is incarcerated at USP McCreary in Kentucky for “a non-violent drug offense either was granted temporary release so he could be at his funeral.So far, requests have been denied.
The mother-of-four called for BOP’s decision to be reconsidered “so he can say his last goodbye to his baby girl. Every parent deserves that right.”
Eli is in prison for drug trafficking. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas, he obtained and sold cocaine in Uvalde between 2009 and 2011. He was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to 25 years in prison with an expected release date of February. 2033, according to BOP records. .
Kentucky Rep. Attica Scott actively tried to have him temporarily released for the funeral. She posted a letter she sent to President Biden and Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear asking for their help.
A BOP spokesperson told Yahoo Entertainment, “For privacy, safety and security reasons, we do not provide any information about an inmate’s conditions of detention, including a request for temporary release.”
On May 24, an 18-year-old who had legally obtained AK-15 assault rifles walked into Robb Elementary School and shot and killed 19 students and two teachers. Many others were injured. Earlier in the day, the gunman – who was killed by authorities – shot his grandmother in the head.
Immediately after the shooting, Eliahana’s distraught grandfather, Adolfo Cruz, spoke to the media, in Spanish, trying to find the child amid the chaos. He heartbreakingly explained that they contacted hospitals and checked the civic center, but said he still hoped to find her.
Kardashian dreams of becoming a lawyer, like her late father, and passed her “baby bar” exam (officially called: First-Year Law Students’ Examination, or FYLSE), last year.
The TV star and beauty mogul’s path to law isn’t a traditional one. Kardashian, who does not have an undergraduate degree or law degree, has been apprenticed to a practicing attorney for several years. The program requires four years as an apprentice, either in a law firm or for a judge, as well as passing the bar exam.
Her mentorship is with the #cut50 Van Jones prison reform organization in Oakland, CA, and she actively tries to help nonviolent offenders get out of jail, have their sentences reduced, or get them off the hall of the death. .