Amerie was shot dead on May 24 when 18-year-old Salvador Ramos barricaded himself in her fourth-grade classroom and shot at her. Amerie’s classmates told her family that she was trying to call 911 on her new phone when she was shot and killed during the attack.
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“She’s wanted a phone for so long and we finally got it for her. She was just trying to call authorities and I’m guessing he just shot her,” Amerie’s father, Angel Garza, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper during an interview after the shooting.
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On Tuesday, the Girls Scouts of Southwest Texas announced that Girl Scouts of the United States had “posthumously awarded” Amerie one of the highest honors in girl scouting – the Bronze Cross. The Bronze Cross is awarded for saving or attempting to save (a) life at the risk of the Girl Scout’s own life, according to a press release.
“Our hearts are broken for her family and friends, along with all those who have lost loved ones during this tragedy. Dozens of our girls, volunteers and staff have now lost friends or family and we suffer alongside them.
Amerie was a bright and outgoing fourth grader who loved Play-Doh, played with friends during recess – and was a Girl Scout. She was proud of the badges she earned. She completed her Girl Scout bridging ceremony last week, and on Tuesday at school she had received an award for making the A and B rolls of honor.
Girl Scouts is committed to providing a high level of support to these families over the coming weeks and months,” the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas said on their website.
Over the next two and a half traumatic weeks, the people of the southwest Texas city will say goodbye to the children and their teachers, one heartbreaking visit, one funeral, and one funeral after another. On Tuesday, Amerie and Maite Rodriguez were the first two to be remembered.
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https://abc13.com/uvalde-texas-school-shooting-robb-elementary-amerie-jo-garza-hero-of/11913842/ Uvalde school shooting: Amerie Jo Garza, a girl killed trying to call a gunman on 911, has been awarded the Bronze Cross, the highest award given to Girl Scouts