Victims of Robb Elementary School Shooting

Victims of Robb Elementary School Shooting

Izabella McKenna, Multimedia Manager

*Due to the nature of this event, reader discretion is advised* 


Survivor – Miah Cerrillo

Miah Cerrillo and a friend managed to get over to her dead teacher’s phone and call 911 for help. She told CNN that she told a dispatcher, “Please come … we’re in trouble.”


Cerrillo described everything happening so fast.  She said the teacher backed into the classroom and the gunman (Salvador Ramos) followed close behind her. Cerrillo told CNN that the gunman made eye contact with one of the teachers inside of the room, then said “Goodnight”. And proceeded to shoot her. The gunman opened fire, shooting the other teacher in the room and many of Miah’s friends and other classmates. Miah described how bullets flew by her, and fragments of them hit her head and shoulders. Cerrillo was later treated at the hospital and then released with fragment wounds. 


Miah explained that after the shooting of the students inside of her class, the gunman (Salvador Ramos) went through the adjoining classroom door. She recalled hearing screams, along with the sounds of shots in the next door classroom. After the shots have been fired, she says that Salvador Ramos started playing loud music, she described it as sad music. 


Miah in fear that the gunman would return to her class to kill her and the other remaining living students decided to act fast and dip her hands in the blood of a dead classmate, who was lying next to her and smear the blood all over herself and play dead. Cerrillo said that afterward, she could overhear the police talking and waiting outside of the school, she explained that she just doesn’t understand why they didn’t come inside to rescue them all. 


Miah’s mother said that she is traumatized and can’t sleep, she is starting to develop PTSD. The parents have started a GoFundMe just to pay for Miah’s therapy. After the shooting Miah was visibly terrified by noise. Her mother explained that it’s been happening a lot and described an incident where she and Miah were at the car wash and the noise the vacuum cleaner made “completely set her off.” 


Miah was too terrified to speak on camera, or to a man, because of what she experienced, she told CNN that she wanted to share her story and her experience so people can know what it’s like living through a school shooting. She wishes it can help prevent another tragedy like this from happening to other children. 


Killed – Amerie Jo 

As a paramedic Angel Graza rushed onto the scene at Robb elementary only to find out that his daughter Amerie Jo, was among those killed in the fatile shooting. How Garza learned the news is from Amerie’s best friend who tearfully told him she was covered in the blood of his daughter. 


When he learned that his daughter died he also learned that she died trying to call authorities, “She’s been wanting a phone for so long and we finally got it for her. She was just trying to call authorities, and I guess he just shot her,” Garza said, cradling a photo of Amerie taken when she made the honor roll. “How do you look at this girl and just shoot her?” Garza asked, still hugging the photo. “Oh my baby. How do you shoot my baby?” 


When Garza described his daughter she said she was a sweet, creative child who listened to her parents and never got in trouble. Barza explained that Amerie was scared of strangers and would rush to lock the door when her dad stepped out of the car to pump gas. “This is literally her worst fear,” stated Garza. 


Amerie Jo was a big sister to a 3-year-old brother, who has been asking every morning for her, he doesn;t fully understand why he’ll never see her again. “We’ve informed him that his sister is now with God. And that she will no longer be with us,” Garza said. “He just cried … he’s 3 years old. This is emotional for him to even process.”


Hours after the shooting and finding out Amerie Jo was dead. Garza took to facebook and posted a message for his little girl, “My little love is now flying high with the angels above. Please don’t take a second for granted. Hug your family. Tell them you love them,” he wrote. “I love you Amerie Jo. Watch over your baby brother for me.”


Garza wants people to remember little Amerie Jo as a good kid who tried doing the right thing in the end, “She was just trying to call the cops, that’s all,” he said. “I just want people to know she died trying to save her classmates. She just wanted to save everyone.” 


Survivor – Edward Timothy

Second grader Edward Timothy was just enjoying watching movies when an adult woman entered his class and turned off the lights, when she turned to the students and told them to get under their desks. 


According to Edward, “I learned that we were having a real drill. We practiced a lot. We were safe because we practiced.” 


Timothy described the sounds of the gun fire as “popping like… Fireworks,” He said he now has a fear of guns and someone trying to shoot him . 


A teacher at Robb elementary who did not provide her name to NBC News said, “They knew this wasn’t a drill. We knew we had to be quiet or else we were going to give ourselves away.”


Survivor – Samuel Salinas 

When asked about the shooting and Salvador Ramos, Samual said, “He shot my teacher and then he shot the kids. I think he was aiming at me.” 


Killed – Jaklyn Cazares

Javier Cazares is the father of fourth grader Jaklyn Cazares said explained that almost everyone thought the police could have done more and that standing around wasn’t helping any of the children stuck inside so he decided to address the crowd of people and say, “Let’s just rush in because the cops aren’t doing anything like they are supposed to”


Please note if you or anyone you know has the following symptoms ( Recurrent unwanted distressing memories of the traumatic event, Reliving the traumatic event as if it were happening again (flashbacks), Upsetting dreams or nightmares about the traumatic event, Severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something that reminds you of the traumatic event, Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event, Avoiding places, activities or people that remind you of the traumatic event, Negative changes in thinking and mood, Negative thoughts about yourself, other people or the world, Hopelessness about the future, Memory problems, including not remembering important aspects of the traumatic event, Difficulty maintaining close relationships, Feeling detached from family and friends, Lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed, Difficulty experiencing positive emotions, Feeling emotionally numb, Changes in physical and emotional reactions, Being easily startled or frightened, Always being on guard for danger, Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast, Trouble sleeping, Trouble concentrating, Irritability, angry outbursts or aggressive behavior, Overwhelming guilt or shame and for children under 6, the symptoms may also include: Re-enacting the traumatic event or aspects of the traumatic event through play, Frightening dreams that may or may not include aspects of the traumatic event) you should talk to a professional because the symptoms listed are for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) which also ties in with PTSS (Post Traumatic Stess Syndrome. This disorder/syndrome develops after a traumatic event has occurred in someone’s life (not everyone gets it but most people do).