Trevor Irby: A Tribute to the Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting Victim

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Trevor Irby, a Gilroy Garlic Festival mass shooting victim, was a recent college graduate.

Irby was one of three victims killed at the festival in Gilroy, California.

Irby was from Romulus, New York. He was a 2017 graduate of Keuka College. He graduated with a biology degree.

“The College community today mourns Trevor Irby, a biology major who graduated in 2017. Our hearts go out to Trevor’s family and loved ones. We are shocked that this latest episode of senseless gun violence resulted in the loss of one of our recent graduates—graduates in whom we place so much hope because of their potential to create a brighter tomorrow,” College President Amy Storey said in a statement.

His friends started a GoFundMe to raise money for his family. The page said Irby was “a bright light to all who knew him.” He recently moved to Santa Cruz with his girlfriend, Sarah Warner. The couple attended the festival together.

His friends wrote on the fundraiser page:

On behalf of Trevor Irby & his family, this GoFundMe is being set up by his best friends: Matt Hey, Steven Wyrosdick, & Ben Schreiber. We all met at Keuka College as Freshmen, and developed an inseparable bond over our 4 years at school. As seniors, we lived together and created countless memories that we hold close to our hearts.

On July 28th, 2019, Trevor Irby was wrongfully taken from his family and friends at the age of 25. While living in Santa Cruz with his girlfriend Sarah, they attended the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Trevor was an unfortunate victim of the mass shooting that occurred at the Garlic Festival that day.

This GoFundMe is being set up in memory of Trevor for his family, to help offset some of the costs of both his funeral and any further funding related to this event.

Trevor was a brother, a son, a grandson, a boyfriend, a best friend and a bright light to all who knew him. Trevor was an excellent pillar of the Keuka College & Romulus communities and a kind & positive soul. Trevor will forever live on in the memory of his loved ones.

Anything that you can contribute whether it be financial, a positive memory, or sharing the GoFundMe is greatly appreciated. Trevor’s impact will never be lost upon those who knew him & he will be missed every single day.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Trevor Irby Was a Recent College Graduate from New York

Trevor Irby was a recent graduate from Keuka College in New York, located about one hour southeast of Rochester, New York.

Irby graduated from Keuka College with a biology degree in 2017. He was 25.

“The College community today mourns Trevor Irby, a biology major who graduated in 2017. Our hearts go out to Trevor’s family and loved ones. We are shocked that this latest episode of senseless gun violence resulted in the loss of one of our recent graduates—graduates in whom we place so much hope because of their potential to create a brighter tomorrow,” College President Amy Storey said in a statement.

As a teenager, Irby shared a quote about living life to the fullest.

“Life comes with no guarantees, no time outs, no second chances. you just have to live life to the fullest, tell someone what they mean to you and tell someone off, speak out, dance in the pouring rain, hold someone’s hand, comfort a friend, fall asleep watching the sun come up, stay up late, be a flirt, and smile until your face hurts,” he posted in 2010.


2. He Was Attending the Festival With His Girlfriend

Trevor Irby was attending the three-day garlic festival with his girlfriend, Sarah Warner. She was uninjured in the shooting. Warner also graduated from Keuka College.

College President Amy Storey said in a statement, “We also send sincere condolences to College alumna Sarah Warner, who was with Trevor at the California garlic festival where the shooting took place. We were relieved to learn that Sarah was not physically injured in the shooting. We offer our support and prayers to Sarah and her family.”

Irby’s Facebook page is filled with photos of him with Warner. The couple seemed inseparable with photos from many destinations and outings. They got together in 2014, according to his Facebook page.

3. He Shared a Petition Advocating Job Opportunities for Adults With Developmental Disabilities

Trevor Irby shared a petition in 2017 asking his state legislators to sign a bill supporting job opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. His girlfriend, Sarah Warner, started the petition.

“I am advocating for any and all adults with developmental disabilities who are seeking job opportunities,” the petition said. “This current bill is ‘in committee’ meaning that it is pending approval to be passed. This bill, among others can help us to achieve independence, increased quality of life, and equality for individuals diagnosed with a developmental disability. This bill will divide employment positions into sub-positions through an employment demonstration program. This means that there will be more jobs for these individuals to qualify for, as only those with a diagnosed disability can apply.”


4. Trevor Irby’s Friends Expressed Shock At His Death

Friends of Trevor Irby posted on social media expressing shock at the loss of the young man.

“I woke up this morning on vacation to my brother telling me what happened. I couldn’t believe it, still can’t. It’s been years since we’ve spoke but I still remember all the memories we shared as little kids. Trevor Irby you’ll be missed brother…” a childhood friend, Steve Mateo, wrote on Facebook.

“Time to wake up from this bad dream…..I can’t even believe how bad the family is hurting right now. Please eveyone on my friends list keep the Walborn/Williams family in your prayers. RIP Trevor Irby, tell your grandpa that we miss him too,” Melody Reynolds Collinsworth wrote.

“We live in such a sad, scary world. My heart goes out to the other friends, family, and the rest of the community. Rest in peace Trevor Irby, you will not be forgotten,” wrote Gabrielle Vedora.

“Mass shootings are regrettably becoming all too common in our society, but the loss of young people should and will not ever become a norm. I didn’t know Trevor well, but I know he knew many Keuka Students and had a positive impact on many of the people around him. I know many of his friends, his family, and the greater Keuka College community are hurting…” Jacob James Banas wrote.

“This is a striking reminder that things can change in an instant, and even the brightest among us can be easily lost. My heart is with all my fellow Keuka Students today, and the lives and families this shooting has irrevocable altered. It is a solemn reminder to do good in the world, even in the wake of darkness.”


5. Tragically, 2 Other Victims Also Died in the Shooting

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Trevor Irby died at the Gilroy Garlic Festival along with two others. Friends set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds, calling him “a bright light to all who knew him.”

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Stephen Romero was a 6-year-old San Jose, California boy who was shot, along with his mother. The boy’s mother survived, but remains in hospitalized. He recently celebrated his sixth birthday at Legoland in California. A GoFundMe was set up to raise funds for his family.

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Keyla Salazar was a 13-year-old girl from San Jose, California. A GoFundMe was started to raise funds for her family.


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