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First responders learn daughter was killed in Texas school shooting

“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.”

“How do you look at that girl and shoot her?” Angel Garza tearfully said while holding a picture of his daughter Amerie Jo Garza, one of the 19 children who died in the Robb Elementary School massacre in Texas.

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.

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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.”

Ramos also killed Amerie’s two teachers, Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia. They had given her a certificate of honor the day before the murders.

Relatives have publicly identified Amerie’s slain classmates:

  1. Jailah Nicole Silguero

  2. Rojelio Torres

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An 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two teachers Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas. (KSAT)
A State Trooper escorts a group of families onto the Robb Elementary School campus in Uvalde, Texas, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Desperation turned to heartbreaking grief for families of elementary school students who were killed after an 18-year-old gunman barricaded himself inside in their Texas classroom and began shooting, killing at least 19 fourth graders and their two teachers. (AP Photo/Jae C Hong) (Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Two Texas Troopers light a candle at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Desperation turned to heartbreaking grief for families of elementary school students who were killed after an 18-year-old gunman barricaded himself inside their Texas classroom and began shooting, killing several fourth-graders and their teachers. (AP Photo/Jae C Hong) (Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
People mourn outside the SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School May 24, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas. (Getty Images)
People get emotional in the town square of the city of Uvalde during a prayer vigil following a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School May 24, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas. 19 students and 2 adults were reportedly killed before the gunman was fatally shot by police. (Photo by Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images) (Getty Images)
People react outside the Civic Center following a deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas Tuesday, May 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills) (Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
People react outside of the Ssgt. Willie de Leon Civic Center in Uvalde where students were transported from Robb Elementary School after a mass shooting on May 24, 2022. (Reuters/Marco Bello)
A family mourns outside the SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School May 24, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas. 19 students and 2 adults were reportedly killed, with the gunman fatally shot by police. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

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