“How do you look at that girl and shoot her?”
Angel Garza said tearfully on Wednesday while holding a picture of his daughter Amerie Jo Garza, one of 19 children who died during the Robb Elementary School massacre in Texas.
The world watched as the heartbroken father told CNN’s Anderson Cooper he learned she was a victim when he responded to her school while working as a paramedic.
“A little girl was covered in blood from head to toe. I thought she was hurt. I asked her what was wrong and she said she was ok. She was hysterical and said they shot her best friend. They killed her best friend and she’s not breathing. She tried to call the police and I asked the little girl’s name… and she said Amerie.”
His daughter had just turned 10 on May 10. Since then she had been asking for a cell phone and her parents finally got one. Two students in her classroom told her father she used it to try to call 911 when Salvador Ramos walked into her classroom armed with an AR-15 on Tuesday.
A friend of Amerie’s mother, Kimberly Garcia, started a GoFundMe page.
“She received an honors roll award yesterday just before the shooting occurred,” she wrote. “She was so smart and such a good kid. Amerie is known for being a hero and trying to call 911 before the gunman took her life.”
Relatives have publicly identified Amerie’s slain classmates:
Jailah Nicole Silguero
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