Ten-year-old Amerie Jo Garza has been recognized as one of many victims from Tuesday’s mass taking pictures at a Texas main college and is being remembered by her grandmother as a “hero”, because the younger woman tried to dial out to 911 moments earlier than her tragic dying.
In a texted interview with The Day by day Beast, Berlinda Irene Arreola informed the information outlet how she was informed that her granddaughter bravely picked up her cellphone as a teenage gunman burst into her classroom and introduced “you’re going to die” earlier than he opened fireplace on the scholars and shot Amerie Jo lifeless as she tried to save lots of her fellow classmates.
“So the gunman went in and he informed the kids, ‘you’re going to die.’ And [Amerie] had her cellphone and he or she referred to as 911. And as an alternative of grabbing it and breaking it or taking it from her, he shot her. She was sitting proper subsequent to her finest buddy. Her finest buddy was coated in blood,” Ms Arreola informed the information outlet.
On Tuesday afternoon, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos entered Robb Elementary Faculty in Uvalde, Texas, carrying a handgun and a rifle and proceeded to homicide a minimum of nineteen kids and two lecturers in a taking pictures solely every week after one other shooter killed ten individuals at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York.
The gunman was shot lifeless, apparently by cops on the scene.
“My Grand Daughter was shot and killed for making an attempt to name 911, she died a Hero making an attempt to get assist for her and her fellow classmates,” Ms Arreola wrote in a textual content message to The Day by day Beast.
Amerie Jo’s household spent the higher a part of Tuesday afternoon and into the night doing what can solely be described as each father or mother’s nightmare: ready to listen to again about the place their lacking daughter was after a violent mass taking pictures swept via her elementary college.
Angel Garza, Amerie Jo’s stepfather, took to social media within the hopes of getting extra intel than he and different mother and father have been instantly getting on the bottom.
“I don’t ask for a lot or hardly even submit on right here however please It’s been 7 hours and I nonetheless haven’t heard something on my love,” he wrote, alongside a coronary heart emoji. “Please fb assist me discover my daughter.”
Mr Garza, who had raised Amerie Jo since she was a child alongside her mom, posted on Fb later that night to report the information that he’d seemingly been dreading to get all day.
“Thanks everybody for the prayers and assist looking for my child. She’s been discovered. My little love is now flying excessive…,” he wrote. “Please don’t take a second without any consideration,” he wrote. “Hug your loved ones. Inform them you’re keen on them. I like you Amerie jo. Watch over your child brother for me.”
The newborn brother that Mr Garza requested for his deceased baby to look over his Amerie Jo’s little brother, who’s 3 years previous.
The grandmother additionally confirmed to The Day by day Beast that Texas Rangers knowledgeable her that because of the deadly accidents that her grandaughter suffered, it’s seemingly that she died instantly.
“She was super-outgoing. She had a beneficiant coronary heart. She was at all times there to lend anyone a serving to hand. She was very fast to be a trainer’s pet,” Ms Arreola mentioned to the outlet. On the exact same day that her life was cruelly taken away, Ms Arreola famous that her eager granddaughter had simply obtained an award for the A-B Honor Roll.
“She was very sensible and he or she was trying ahead to creating a life for herself.”