June 26, 2022

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‘How do you shoot my baby?’ Uvalde dad learned from daughter’s friend that she was killed in shooting

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Angel Garza, whose 10-year-old daughter Amerie Jo Garza was killed in the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday, tearfully recalled the moment he learned of his daughter’s murder. The school shooting, the deadliest since Sandy Hook in 2012, left 22 people dead, including 19 children and two teachers. 

During an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Garza held a photo of his daughter to his heart. He told Cooper that Amerie had celebrated making the honor roll at a ceremony at her school just hours before the shooting. 

Garza, a medical aide, said he arrived at the scene to assist. There he met a little girl he said was covered in blood, from head to toe. “I thought she was injured, Garza said. “I asked her what was wrong. She said she was OK. She was hysterical that they shot her best friend, they killed her best friend and she’s not breathing and she was trying to call the cops.”

That’s when Garza made the heartbreaking discovery. “I asked the little girl the name, and she said Amerie,” Garza sobbed.

“She was so sweet, Mr. Cooper,” Garza said. “She was the sweetest little girl who did nothing wrong. She listened to her mom and dad, she always brushed her teeth. She was creative, she made things for us. She never got in trouble in school. I just want to know what she did to be a victim.”

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Amerie leaves behind her mother, father, and three-year-old brother named Zayne. Garza spoke about the difficult task of explaining to his son that his sister is gone, adding that the son still asks for his sister every morning when he wakes up.

“We’ve informed him that his sister is now with God, and that she will no longer be with us, and, of course, he just cried,” Garza said. “I mean, he’s three years old and this is just emotional for him to even process.”


Garza confirmed through her classmates and authorities that Amerie attempted to call the police for help when 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos shot her. Garza said she had just gotten the cell phone she used to make the call for her 10th birthday two weeks ago.

“She was trying to call authorities and I guess he just shot her,” Garza said. “How do you look at this girl and shoot her? Oh, my baby. How do you shoot my baby?”

Garza said he wants the world to remember his daughter as a hero. “I just want people to know that she died trying to save her classmates,” he told CNN. “She just wanted to save everyone.”

Amerie’s mother, Kimberly Garcia, posted on Facebook that she will never understand her loss. “Mommy loves you, mommy can’t sleep without you, Mommy needs you, Amerie I can’t do this life without you,” she wrote. “How am I supposed to live life without you? I will never understand. I love you and I’ll never be the same, ever again.”

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A GoFundMe was created by Garcia’s friend to help cover funeral costs for Amerie and to assist the family with “post traumatic distress.” The fundraiser has garnered nearly $60,000 in donations as of Thursday. 



 

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