The father of Robb Elementary School massacre victim Amerie Jo Garza learned that his daughter had died from the girl’s best friend, he said on CNN Wednesday night.
Father Angel Garza has told how he was responding to the school as a medical assistant to help in the aftermath of the mass shooting and saw a little girl ‘covered in blood from head to toe’.
“I thought she was hurt, I asked her what was wrong and she said she was fine,” Garza told Anderson Cooper. “She was hysterical, saying they shot her best friend, they killed her best friend, she wasn’t breathing and she was trying to call the cops.
“And I asked the little girl the name and she said to me, she said Amerie,” said Garza, who began to cry on air. “She was so nice…she was the nicest little girl who hadn’t done anything wrong.” She listened to her mom and dad, she always brushed her teeth, she was creative, she did things for us, she never had any problems at school.
“I just want to know what she did to be a victim,” Garza said, fighting back tears.
Amerie was one of 21 people, including 19 young students, wantonly killed by suspected shooter Salvatore Ramos. The school shooting is one of the worst in American history.
Amerie was a big sister to a little brother who asked for her every morning when she woke up, Garza said.
“We informed him that his sister is with God and she won’t be with us anymore and of course he just cried,” Garza told Cooper when the host asked if his son knew.
The girl turned 10 two weeks ago, Garza said, and on her birthday she received her first cellphone.
“She wanted a phone for so long and we finally got it for her,” Garza said.
Amerie tried to use that phone to call police for help during the shooting, Garza said on air.
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“She was just trying to call the authorities and I guess he just shot her. How do you look at that girl and shoot yourself,” Garza said, holding up a photo of his daughter and calling her baby. .
“I just want people to know that she died trying to save her classmates,” Garza said at the end of the CNN interview. “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.” How am I supposed to live my life without you? I will never understand. I love you and I will never be the same again,” she wrote.