Tess Marie wanted to go viral on TikTok before she died in Uvalde

(CNN) — Tess Marie Mata, 10, dreamed of one day going viral on TikTok, despite being too young to have an account.


Last Tuesday, Tess was one of 21 victims who lost their lives in the mass shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas. Her family will now do everything possible to fulfill her dreams.

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Tess’s uncle, Robert Hill, told CNN on Monday that she had dreams of one of her dance videos going viral on the social network TikTok.

Since users of the network must be at least 13 years old to create an account, Hill said that Tess recorded the videos and saved them to her mother, Veronica’s account.

“She had over 150 draft videos,” Hill said. “We were going through them and talking about how she always dreamed of one of her dances going viral.”

The family decided to try to fulfill their dream, in honor of Tess. They chose to share one of her favorites: a video of Tess performing a popular dance routine to Don Toliver’s song “No Idea.”

The video was posted on Veronica’s account last week, accompanied by the following message: “My sweet girl. She was taken from us for a senseless act in a mass shooting. I never allowed Tess to post the videos of her because she was so small. But today I want to commemorate her by honoring her wish to become famous on TikTok. #uvaldestrong”.

Hill shared and reposted the video, to help him get more attention from his followers. As of Monday afternoon, the video posted on Hill’s account had more than 90,000 views, 33,000 likes and 2,000 comments. Two of those comments come from the verified accounts of Lance Bass and Paris Hilton.
Bass commented “it breaks my heart” on Saturday.

“We were excited because after that, we kind of knew this was going to happen for her,” Hill said. “Unfortunately, she won’t be around to see it.”

Tess Marie Uvalde

Tess Marie, 10, was one of the victims of the shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

Hilton left a comment on Sunday saying, “I’m so sorry for your loss…Sending lots of love to you and your family.”

Kourtney Kardashian and Kylie Jenner also reposted the TikTok on their Instagram stories, according to Hill, though they’ve since disappeared due to the 24-hour posting limit.

One of Tess’s favorite bands was BTS, Hill said, adding that she hopes the video eventually reaches them.

“It’s something we definitely want to see happen for her,” he said.

“It’s hard to wrap my head around this yet,” Hill continued. “I wish she was here to see it.”

Tess will be buried June 13 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Uvalde, according to Rushing-Estes-Knowles Funeral Home.

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