This 6-year-old from India died in the Arizona desert. She loved dancing and dreamed of meeting her dad
Updated 0157 GMT (0957 HKT) July 13, 2019
Hasanpur, India (CNN)At shop after shop along the way to this small village in northern India, people know their names.
Gurupreet, the little girl who died in an American desert. And Gurmeet, the grandfather whose family is still reeling.
It's been a month since Border Patrol agents found 6-year-old Gurupreet Kaur's remains just north of the US-Mexico border.
And it's been weeks since hundreds of people packed a Sikh temple in this tight-knit community to mourn her short life.
Still, for her family, no matter how much time passes, the pain is fresh.
"We are devastated," 70-year-old Gurmeet Singh said, speaking to CNN in the living room of the home where Gurupreet once lived. "To lose a child is not easy for anyone. But this is just too painful."
Beside him, his wife Surinder Kaur cradles a photo of Gurupreet and stares at the ground. She says she fainted when she heard the news of her granddaughter's death.
"After I regained my consciousness, I just kept repeating her name," she said. "I wanted to see her one last time."
In the photo she's holding, taken in this room two years ago, Gurupreet is wearing a black leotard and a pink tutu, standing with her hands on her hips as she poses for the camera.
Gurupreet loved to dance and play with mobile phones. She was in second grade at a nearby private school.
"She used to come first in the class," her grandfather said. "She was a very smart, fearless kid."
A reunion that never came
Gurupreet's father left Hasanpur several months after she was born. He's been living in New York City while his asylum case makes its way through the US immigration court system.
For years, Gurmeet says the little girl would tell her family in India how much she wanted to see her father.
She and her mother had planned to join him in New York after they made their way across the US-Mexico border, according to a statement released last month by the US-based Sikh Coalition.
But officials say the family's plans took a tragic turn last month when smugglers forced them to cross in a remote area on a day when temperatures soared well over 100 degrees.