Angel Garza, Amerie’s father, was assisting a bloodied child who told him that her best friend “Amerie” had been fatally shot.
According to her family, Amerie Jo Garza, 10, spent the morning celebrating her honour roll appointment. A accused shooter, Salvador Ramos, assaulted their school less than two hours later. The child’s grandmother, Berlinda Irene Arreola, told The Daily Beast that Ramos warned Amerie and the other kids, “You’re going to die.” Garza began dialling 911, but Ramos shot her before she could complete the process.
"She was the sweetest girl" – CNN's @andersoncooper speaks with the father of 10-year-old Amerie Jo Garza, one of the victims in the Robb Elementary School shooting. Watch here: https://t.co/DxwVRnOmrQ— CNN (@CNN) May 26, 2022
According to Arreola, “He shot her instead of snatching it and shattering it or taking it from her. Her best friend was sitting next to her. Her blood was all over her best pal.” “She died a hero trying to find help for herself and her friends,” she continued.
In this mass shooting, at least 19 pupils and two adults were killed, making it the deadliest since the Sandy Hook Elementary School incident in 2012.
Angel Garza confirms death:
“Thank you everyone for the prayers & help trying to find my baby. She’s been found. My little love is now flying high with the angels above. Please don’t take a second for granted. Hug your family. Tell them you love them. I love you Amerie jo” 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/O9Vu0ThPyF— Mireya Villarreal (@ABCMireya) May 25, 2022
The victims, all under the age of 11, were slain inside a single classroom, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, according to the Daily Mail. Ramos, who had only days before the incident purchased two AR-style firearms and flaunted them on social media, rained rounds on the room indiscriminately before being fatally shot by police.
Angel Garza, Amerie’s father, was assisting a girl who was drenched in blood after the event. Angel asked for the girl’s name when she told him her best friend had been shot, and she gave him the name of his daughter. “She was trying to phone the cops,” he told CNN. And when I asked the small girl her name, she replied, “Amerie.” “Thank you everyone for the prayers and support trying to find my baby,” he wrote on Facebook in honour to his daughter. She’s been discovered.
Amerie Jo Garza, 10— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) May 25, 2022
She was killed in her Texas school hours after this photo was taken pic.twitter.com/PLHXzmUGT7
My tiny angel is now soaring with the angels in the sky. Don’t take a single second for granted. Hug your loved ones. Inform them that you adore them. Amerie jo, I adore you.”
The gunman’s frequent fights with his drug-addicted mother were well-known to authorities. He was reportedly fighting with his legal guardian, his grandmother, over his failure to graduate from Uvalde High School. Before attacking the school, he shot her. According to the New York Post, she was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
In addition to the confirmed victims of Ramos’ murder spree, the attack allegedly injured more than a dozen children, including a ten-year-old girl who was brought to a hospital in the neighbouring city of San Antonio in critical condition. On Tuesday, 13 more youngsters were admitted to a hospital in Uvalde, although their conditions were not disclosed. The death toll is expected to grow, according to authorities late Tuesday.