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Continuing a legacy: High school student takes over father's business after his murder

Posted at 6:12 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 19:12:19-05

WACO, TX — A teenager in Waco is proving nothing is impossible as long as you have the heart and discipline to get the job done.

Lizbeth Garduno learned everything she knows about repairing cars through her father.

Sadly, he was murdered last year, leaving her to take over the family business while still balancing being a teenager.

At 18-years-old, Garduno is a senior at University High School, with dreams of being in the medical field.

"It's called guaca. I wanted to be a registered nurse in pediatrics. I was going to clinicals and everything," she said.

From needles and tubes to cables and wires, Garduno is one of Waco's youngest business owners.

"This is OG Customs. We are a car stereo shop. We do upholstery work, window tinting, radio, car alarms. We used to sell wheels," explained the business owner.

But how she earned her title comes from a tragedy.

OG Customs was her father's shop, until he was murdered last year during a shooting just two days after Garduno's 18th birthday.

"I think what helps a lot is that our family is so united, and we're always there for one another, whether it be a phone call or just coming by and just saying, "Hey, how's your day?"" said Jennifer Veracruz, Garduno's cousin.

As her family prepared to sell her father's shop, Garduno knew she had to find a way to balance being a student while continuing her father's legacy.

"I come straight here, and then when we're not busy, I automatically login online. I do my work and the when we get busy, I go straight to work," she said.

Having learned everything she knows about repairs from her father, Garduno works from front of the house operations to repairs on cars.

"It's just amazing, knowing the pattern of the wires, knowing how to install radios. It's kind of really... exciting," said Garduno.

As she plans both her future and the future of her father's business, Garduno thanks the community for all the support.

"It hasn't been easy, but I try to really stay on the positive side, and just being here in his business, it really makes me happy and it feels like he's happy for me too," said Garduno.

The 18-year-old says she still has plans to go to school for nursing. In the meantime, her shop is always taking appointments if you're in need of a repair.