A Robb Elementary College scholar who was contained in the classroom the place a crazed gunman killed 19 of her classmates described the horrific moment when her greatest pal and two academics have been shot useless.
Khloe Torres, 10, recalled the unimaginable violence in a Tuesday interview with KENS 5, the place she mentioned one among her academics, Irma Garcia, was shot as she protected fourth-grader Amerie Jo Garza.
“[Ms. Garcia] ran over to us, sat down and began masking my pal,” Khloe told the outlet. “She began saying ‘no!’ as a result of he mentioned ‘you’ll die’ and he shot my pal with the cellphone, and he shot my academics Ms. [Irma] Garcia and Ms. [Eva] Mireles.”
Ramos fatally shot Amerie, 10, as she tried to dial 911 to get assist. Garcia and Mireles have been additionally gunned down.
Khloe mentioned she obtained as much as flip her pal’s cellphone off, afraid it could draw extra consideration from the shooter.
“I didn’t need anybody else to get damage,” she mentioned.
When Torres obtained up, Ramos tried to shoot her too, she mentioned, however she ran and was solely struck by shrapnel.
After border patrol brokers shot and killed Ramos, a primary responder carried Khloe out of the classroom.
Exterior the varsity, a medic noticed Khloe — coated within the blood of her pal — and requested if she was damage, she mentioned.
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She informed him the blood wasn’t her personal, however belonged to her greatest pal who was shot. When he requested who her pal was, Khloe informed him it was Amerie and he broke down in tears.
The medic, who spoke to CNN in regards to the incident, turned out to be Amerie’s stepfather.
“I didn’t realize it was her stepdad, so he was crying and he tried to return in there,” Khloe mentioned.
Khloe and her household simply moved to Uvalde from Louisiana across the time of spring break, in line with KENS 5. She mentioned Amerie was the one greatest pal she had made in that quick time.
“She was actually the one massive pal I had,” Khloe mentioned.
Throughout the chaos when the shooter entered their classroom, Khloe mentioned she and Amerie obtained separated.
“It made me actually uncomfortable as a result of I didn’t really feel secure with out her,” the fourth-grader mentioned.
Amerie has been known as a hero for her bravely in trying to name 911 and was posthumously awarded the Bronze Cross by the Lady Scouts of the USA.
Khloe mentioned if her associates have been nonetheless alive together with her, she’d inform them how a lot they meant to her.
“In the event that they have been [still] right here with me, I’d inform them I really like them and that I’m gonna miss them and I don’t need them to go.”