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These photos from the Garlic Festival before the shoot are happy – and tormenting



Her photos from the Gilroy Garlic Festival showed smiling faces enjoying the weekend together. But as the day wore off on Sunday, the popping, crackling, popping of assault rifle shots destroyed the peaceful feeling at the community feast.

The happy images and memories they created before the shots will forever be stained by what happened next. Here are some of her stories:

Krissy Clemons and her friend tasted free garlic cloves when they heard shots.

The couple had previously enjoyed wine in the beverage tents and Clemons said she was relieved that her friend was there to help them escape. They jumped over a fence and ran into a nearby neighborhood.

"A little boy was running with us and he did not have any shoes," Clemons told CNN on Monday. "I asked him if that was shots or firecrackers, and he said shots."

Clemons had been on holiday Sunday to celebrate her 29th birthday, which is on Wednesday.

"It is defined that I'm in my thirties," she said. "I felt safe for the rest of my twenty, but when I was in my thirties, I'm not sure."

The resident of Berkeley said she was grateful she wore sneakers so she could run. She also thanked a woman named Nakia, who had also escaped the festival, and offered the couple to drive their girlfriend's car back to the parking lot.

"If we had not had sneakers and had not hopped that fence … we would have got stuck there," she said.

Before the shots fell, Clemons had them first enjoyed time at the festival. She is discouraged about what this means for the community of Gilroy.

"This will be a synonym for Gilroy and that's not fair," she said. "That was her thing, it just ruined the legacy of a small town."

The guard made a passing remark

A harmless remark by a security guard, the kind of things they usually say as they keep people out and out.

"Please keep your weapons and knives at home, please do not bring them in," said the guard.

"I really do not think anyone would imagine that such a thing would ever happen at a food festival," said Julia Saravia to CNN on Monday. "Now, thinking back to this comment, it is a surprise to me to believe that someone had this satanic plan to actually enter the festival to kill as many innocent people as possible."

She noticed many police officers at the festival. "It was reassuring to see a high level of police presence," she said.

Saravia went to the festival with her parents from Oakland. It was her first time there and she was excited to try the food.

She immediately felt familiar and collaborative as she drove a charter bus from the parking lot with other participants, she said.

"It was a great way to interact with other festival visitors before they came in. It seems very family-oriented," Saravia told CNN on Monday.

On a hot Sunday afternoon, Saravia and her parents enjoyed talking to other people and try different foods. They left about an hour before the shoot, she said.

"It was really fun and it was nice to see everyone talking about the food," she wrote in an Instagram post after the incident. Her heart goes to the families affected by the shootings.

Friends anxiously wrote a text message after seeing their photos and their families were safe.

Beasla, her parents, and her siblings had gone to the festival for a fun-filled day with the family. They left an hour before shooting. Tired of the heat, they sought refuge in a cool outlet center. When they checked the social media, they learned about the shooting.

"We could have been if we had not been hot and a bit uncomfortable and rushed out," the 38-year-old told CNN. "If the weather had been perfect, the circumstances could have been different."

The family of six was thrilled to do it all together after their parents raved about their last four experiences at the festival. Beasla and her family drove two hours from Clovis to spend the day there on Sunday.

The whole family loves garlic, said Beasla. They ate garlic bread and even tasted the famous garlic ice cream. Beasla paused before taking part in a contest where the prize provided garlic for a year.

To commemorate the family outing, they smiled in front of a huge head of garlic flickering with flames.

Before anything happened, they had already thought about returning next year.

"Who would hold a garlic festival?" Asked Beasla. "It's so amazing how garlic smells in the air, why?"

Correction: In an earlier version of this story, the last name of Krissy Clemons was misspelled.


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