Kim Kardashian is trying to help the jailed father of a Uvalde, Texas school shooting victim – by asking prison officials to release him so he can attend the child’s funeral.
“This is Eliahana ‘Ellie’ Cruz Torres, 10 years old and one of 19 victims of the Uvalde, TX shooting.” Kardashian said in a tweet. “Her family desperately hopes that her father, who is being held on a non-violent drug offense, will be released temporarily so that he can attend her funeral.”
Eli Torres is an inmate at a federal penitentiary in Kentucky for a gang-related drug trafficking offense, the San Antonio Express News reported.
“So far, their applications have been denied. I am asking @officialFBOP to temporarily release Eli Torres so he can say goodbye to his little girl. All parents deserve this right.”
Kardashian’s request may have come too late. She sent the tweet on Thursday, the same day as Eliahana’s funeral. Her 11 a.m. church service continued without her father.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons denied Torres’ request to attend the funeral in person, but allowed him to watch a live stream of his daughter’s service from behind bars, according to Express News.
“The choices I made cost me,” he said. “I could have prevented that somehow as a father,” he told the Express News. “I could have stopped it somehow. She protects.”
In recent years, Kardashian has used her reality TV platform and millions of social media followers to raise awareness of many social causes and advocate for prison inmates. Most recently, Kardashian supported Texas death row inmate Melissa Lucio in Texas. The Texas mom was convicted of killing her 2-year-old but will have her conviction reviewed in light of new evidence.