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Uvalde shooting survivor says gunman played music, told teacher ‘goodnight’ before killing her during hour-long attack

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A survivor of Tuesday’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas says suspected gunman Salvador Ramos played menacing music and taunted her teacher before killing her amid a spree of violence that took the lives of 19 students and two educators at Robb Elementary School.

Speaking to CNN’s Nora Neus on Thursday, 11-year-old Miah Cerrillo recounted harrowing moments inside a shared classroom space where Ramos shot and killed all 21 of his victims before he was killed by a responding Border Patrol tactical unit. Miah said her class was watching “Lilo & Stitch” when Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia, two teachers present in the conjoined classrooms, received an email about an active shooter on campus. One teacher went to check the door, according to Miah, and found 18-year-old Ramos peering into the room.

At this point the teacher and Ramos made eye contact, Miah said, and the gunman proceeded to back her into the classroom. The teacher and the gunman then made eye contact a second time, at which point Ramos said “good night.” He then shot and killed the teacher, Miah said.


After killing her teacher the gunman opened fire on students in the room, killing many of Miah’s friends and leaving her with bullet fragments in her side, shoulder, back and neck. She recounted that Ramos then stalked into the adjoining classroom space and continued shooting. The 11-year-old told Neus she heard screams, gunshots and music coming from the other room over the course of the nearly hour-long attack.

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“She thinks it was the gunman that put it on,” Neus said. “She just said it sounded like ‘I want people to die’ music.” 

Miah said she survived the ordeal by covering herself in her friend’s blood and lying motionless on a classmate’s still-breathing body. At one point she and another student grabbed their dead teacher’s phone and used it to call 911. 

“Please send help because we’re in trouble,” Miah told the dispatcher, according to Neus.

The 11-year-old said she believed the attack lasted three hours before responding officers entered the classroom and killed Ramos. Her mother later informed Miah the attack had lasted an hour—a duration that outraged many Uvalde parents cordoned behind a police perimeter set up outside the building.

Neus reports that Miah became emotional when informed that police officers waited outside the building and “didn’t understand why they didn’t just come inside and get them.” Texas DPS Regional Safety Director Victor Escalon on Thursday told reporters that responding officers entered the building but pulled back to await additional resources after coming under fire from Ramos, who had locked himself in a classroom. The tactical unit that ultimately killed Ramos arrived “approximately an hour” after the shooter entered Robb Elementary, Escalon said.

“Officers were calling for additional resources. Tactical teams. We needed specialty equipment, we need body armor. We need sharpshooters. We need negotiators,” Escalon said. “It’s a complex situation.” 

Miah’s mother Abigale Veloz created a GoFundMe on Thursday seeking $10,000 in donations to cover her daughter’s medical expenses and mental health care. As of this writing, the campaign has raised $105,000.

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“My daughter is an amazing person and is a very good sister to her siblings,” Veloz wrote in the fundraiser’s description. “We will need help with her medical expenses that were caused by the bullet fragment in her back.” 



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