Who was Amerie Jo Garza? Robb Elementary's honor roll student shot to death while attempting to call 911

Amerie, who her grandmother described as 'super outgoing and a teacher's pet' was one of the 19 children killed in the gruesome Texas shooting


                            Who was Amerie Jo Garza? Robb Elementary's honor roll student shot to death while attempting to call 911
Amerie jo Garza with her step-father, Angel Garza (Angel Garza/ Facebook)
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What should have been one of the happiest days for the Garza family quickly turned into the worst day ever when they were notified about the news of Amerie Jo Garza's death during the Robb Elementary School's shootings in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, May 24.

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Ten-year-old Amerie was over the moon when she went to her school and collected a certificate naming her as one of the honor roll students. Everything turned upside down, when Salvador Ramos, 18, entered the elementary school's premises heavily armed. According to reports, the fourth-grader was shot when she tried calling 911 for help. In an interview with The Daily Beast, the victim's grandmother Berlinda Irene Arreola said, "My Grand Daughter was shot and killed for trying to call 911, she died a Hero trying to get help for her and her fellow classmates." 

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Amerie, who her grandmother described as "super outgoing and a teacher's pet" was one of the 19 children who were killed in the gruesome shooting. Her step-father Angel Garza, initially took to Facebook, while attempting to learn about his little girl's whereabouts. He wrote, "I don’t ask for much or hardly even post on here but please It’s been 7 hours and I still haven’t heard anything on my love. Please fb help me find my daughter." Sadly, Garza returned to the social media platform with the tragic news of her death. He posted, "Thank you everyone for the prayers and help trying to find my baby. She’s been found. 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. I love you Amerie jo. Watch over your baby brother for me 🙏 💔 "

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The family was notified about Amerie's death by the Texas Rangers. Her fatally wounded body has been sent to the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy. The Garza family learned the details of Amerie's final moments from the survivors of the shooting. According to their accounts, the gunman shot Amerie while she was trying to call 911. "So the gunman went in and he told the children, ‘You’re going to die.’ And she had her phone and she called 911. 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," recounted Berlinda.

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Amerie leaves behind her three-year-old brother, who she adored. Berlinda reminisced about her granddaughter, "She was just super-outgoing. She had a generous heart. She was always there to lend anybody a helping hand. She was very quick to be a teacher’s pet. She had just gotten her award today for A-B Honor Roll. She was very smart and she was looking forward to making a life for herself.”

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The death toll at present has risen to 22, with at least 19 children killed (Robb Elementary/Facebook and (salv8dor_/Instagram)

The shooter behind Tuesday's Texas shootings was identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos. According to reports, he reportedly shot his grandmother dead before entering the school with what appeared to be an assault rifle and opening fire. The Robb Elementary School has over 500 students aged between seven and nine, and about 90% of them are believed to be Hispanic. Ramos was killed by the police at the scene. The motive behind his shooting hasn't been revealed yet.

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