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Greenfield Union School District responds to death of Patricia Alatorre

Posted at 3:58 PM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 20:44:47-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Greenfield Union School District has issued a response regarding the death of Patricia Alatorre. She attended McKee Middle school, and this is what her teachers had to say about her.

From Lakisha Thomas- 6th Grade Teacher: Patti, you couldn't help but love her, she was petite in size but carried a big presence, you couldn't help but notice she was in the room. If I needed everyone's attention in class, she used that big voice of hers to ensure everyone was attentive. 'Mama Patti' is what we affectionately called her in class, she was bold and always spoke the truth, even if it was her own, but again it was okay because it was 'Mama Patti.' I'm sure being the youngest of the bunch she had to ensure her voice was heard, especially with Angel as her brother, lol. Patrica will be sorely missed.

From Jacquelyn Johnson - Science Teacher: Patricia Alatorre was the light on my day. Sassy, social and smart. Patty was a joy to be around. Once yelling in class, 'Listen to Miss Johnson, for the love of God!' The class, knowing how often I say this, burst into laughter. That's what Patty brought to class every day, laughter - she was unapologetically herself and wasn't afraid to be honest about anything. I will forever look at my classroom and see her in her seat, looking at me with her beautiful smile. Her seat will be reserved for the 20-21 school year.

From Spence Hillis - History Teacher: Patty was such a sweet and joyful child. She always came to class with a smile and a willingness to learn. I will always cherish the moments and laughs we shared. She was and will forever be one of my favorite students I ever had the privilege to teach.

From Brandon Duncan - Principal: Patti was a joy to have as a student at McKee! She was friendly, kind, funny and loved sports. She would always say hello in the hallways and genuinely seemed to enjoy life and McKee Middle School. Her teachers jumped at the chance to say something about her, which speaks to the impact she had on both adults and students at McKee. She is a presence that will be missed and the thoughts and prayers of our entire staff and community go out to her and her family...especially her brother Angel who is on all of our minds right now.

Grief Counseling Services will be available to students, parents, and the school community at McKee Middle School on July 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Bakersfield Police Department arrested 24-year-old Armando Cruz of Inglewood, California for his involvement in the death of Alatorre.