The first time I’ve ever met Uriel was back in late February of  2017 when I was rehired as a photographer at the Busch Gardens’ merchandise department. I had accidentally called her Ariel before proceeding to sing ‘Under the Sea’ with her for a solid few minutes. It was safe to say that we became pretty good friends at work shortly after that.  Uriel was originally from Merritt Island, Florida before moving to Tampa in June of 2013 to go to The University of South Florida as a theater major. Uriel had always held a strong passion for the magic that was hidden in the art of music and performance, she continues to hold on to that passion whenever she goes on her frequent trips to Broadway in New York or her upcoming visit to the Straz Center to watch RENT.  Her favorite memory of Tampa Bay is when her friend has came to visit and she was able to drag them to all of her favorite destinations such as having a coffee at Time & Space Cafe on Fowler, playing with small pups at All About Puppies in Dale Mabry, and hanging out with the rest of her friends at Busch Gardens as they try to conquer all of the rides and attractions.