Angelique Nicole Ramirez was like a second daughter to Richard Pourchot. As her mentor and youth pastor, Pourchot has known the Ramirez family for more than eight years, and can't help but smile when he thinks about the kind and compassionate person the 15-year-old grew to become.
"This was my best friend's daughter," Pourchot said. "The family has asked me to speak on their behalf and I am honored to do so. Angelique always had a smile on her face and was very, very energetic. Her laugh was infectious and she loved her brother immensely. She would do anything for family. She was very close with all of her family."
Less than a week after the deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School that took Angelique's life, along with nine others, Pourchot said the hardest part is having to accept the grim reality of what happened.
"The hard part is when you start getting into the fact that this life was taken too early," Pourchot said. "What she brought to everyone is now gone. So that part of her uniqueness, is now missing from her family, her friends, people that knew her -- that's all gone now from their lives," Pourchot said.
Like many other young students at Santa Fe, Pourchot said his 12-year-old daughter, Chloe Grace, who was very close with Angelique, has many questions of how and why.
"As a 12-year-old, she says well why is this happening? This isn't fair that she's gone. And truly, I thought the same thing too," Pourchot said.
But as Pourchot and the Ramirez family mentally and emotionally prepare for Angelique's funeral this weekend, Pourchot said there's only one thing to do.
"One of the best ways to remember them is to live the best life we can," Pourchot said.
Pourchot said Angelique's friends nicknamed her as "Aaron" and her family would sometimes refer to her as "sister love."
Angelique is survived by her parents, Jeremiah and Robin Treat Ramirez, and her siblings, Amadeus and Araceli.
Both the visitation and funeral services are open to the public and will be held at Dayspring Church in Santa Fe. The visitation is Friday, May 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 26. Family will get first priority for seating. Capacity at Dayspring Church is approximately 500 people.