A fourth grade student attempted to call 911 during the Mass shooting in Texas which claimed the lives of 19 children and two adults this week.
Ten-year-old Amerie Jo Garza, who attended Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, attempted to call 911 on her cell phone before the 18-year-old shooter killed her.
Amerie’s grandmother, Berlinda Arreola, 49, told The Daily Beast that the 10-year-old had her mobile phone when the shooter entered the classroom. Arreola, who also spoke to People, called her granddaughter a “hero.”
“My [granddaughter] was shot and killed for trying to call 911, she died a hero trying to get help for herself and her classmates,” Arreola told The Daily Beast.
Arreola also said the shooter told the students, “You are going to die.
“And [Amerie] had her phone and she called 911,” the grandmother explained. “And instead of grabbing it and breaking it or taking it from her, he shot her… She was sitting right next to her best friend. Her best friend was covered in her blood.
The Robb Elementary School massacre was the second deadliest school shooting in US history.
U.S. Marshals notified Amerie’s father, Angel Garza, of his daughter’s death, according to KABC-TV.
“Thank you all for your prayers and your help in trying to find my baby,” Garza told KABC-TV. “She has been found. My little love now flies high with the angels above. Please don’t take a second for granted. Embrace your family. Tell them you love them. I love you Amerie jo. Watch over your little brother for me.
Amerie had just celebrated her birthday on May 10, Garza told the news channel.
A Facebook page identified as Garza’s page recently posted a link to a GoFundMe campaign to help with her daughter’s funeral expenses.
“To anyone asking, I’m sorry we tried to stay away from all media at a time like this,” Garza said. “I love you guys so much for letting my baby name be known. She was my hero.
According to People, Amerie had a loving bond with her 3-year-old brother, Zayne, and always kissed him before leaving for school every morning.