Girl, 11, survived Texas shooting by smearing herself in her friend's BLOOD while Salvador Ramos killed 19 classmates
26th May 2022

A FOURTH-grader has recalled how she survived the Texas school shooting by smearing blood on herself to pretend to be dead.

Miah Cerrillo, 11, witnessed her teachers and classmates be shot dead by gunman Salvador Ramos, 18, at Robb Elementary in Uvalde on Tuesday.

Her aunt Blanca Rivera told Click 2 Houston that Miah "saw her friend full of blood, and she got blood and put it on herself."

Miah was reportedly injured and had bullet fragments in her back, but has been released from the hospital.

However, her aunt says Miah is struggling to cope with the tragedy and has had panic attacks.

A different fourth-grader has also shared how he survived the Texas school shooting – by hiding when the gunman stormed in and said: "It's time to die."

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The student said he and several of his friends escaped by running under a table with a tablecloth as cover.

"When I heard the shooting through the door, I told my friend to hide under something so he won't find us," the boy told KENS 5.

“I was hiding hard. And I was telling my friend to not talk because he is going to hear us.” 

The boy also shared that when cops showed up and asked those who needed help to yell, a student complied and was then shot by Ramos.

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"One of the persons in my class said 'help.' The guy overheard and he came in and shot her," he said.

Once the shooting stopped, he came out from under the table.

"I just put my hand out,” he added. "I got out with my friend. I knew it was the police. I saw the armor and the shield.”

The boy said that his teachers, Irma Garcia and Eva Mireles, tried to save their students.

“They were nice teachers," he shared "They went in front of my classmates to help. To save them.”

Fellow survivor Chance Aguirre, nine, told NBC News he and other students hid in the cafeteria when shots began to be fired.

"We were all hiding behind the stage in the cafeteria when it happened," said the third-grader.

"Everybody was scared. We were all panicking because we didn't know what was really happening."

Joevonni Gomez, another survivor, echoed the sentiment, saying he didn't know what was happening when the school announced in the intercom system that there was an active shooter on campus.

The nine-year-old told WKBN he thought: “Like what’s happening, and like why did this happen, and like, why is he doing this?”

Joevonni said his teachers stood by the classroom door to block bullets.

“The teacher will block the bullets with their bodies, so we can run and save our lives," he said.

Among the deceased was ten-year-old Amerie Jo Garza who bravery tried to dial 911 as her class was confronted by gunman Salvador Ramos.

Police later confirmed that all of the victims were in Amerie’s Jo’s classroom as they were shot dead by a handgun and a rifle that was allegedly in Ramos’ possession.

In total, the 18-year-old reportedly gunned down 21 people, including two teachers.

He also allegedly shot his grandmother before entering the school, Governor Greg Abbott said, via ABC 13.

At this time, the motive behind the school shooting is unclear, and so are details surrounding Ramos' personal life.

However, authorities believe the gunman acted alone.

Tuesday’s assault in the heavily Latino town of Uvalde was the deadliest shooting at a U.S. school since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012.


Fourth-grader Xavier Lopez, 10, was also among the victims.

His mom had watched an awards ceremony at the school hours before the tragedy unfolded.

Nine-year-old Uziyah Garcia, also a fourth-grader, was also named a victim of the shooting by his aunt Nikki Cross.

Eliahana 'Elijah Cruz' Torres, 10, who reportedly didn't want to go to school on Tuesday, also was killed in the shooting, her grandad told Fox News.

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And, Jennifer and Steven Lugo revealed their daughter Ellie had died.

In a heartbreaking Facebook post, Steven said: "It’s hard to issue out a statement on anything right now my mind is going at 1000 miles per hour… but I do wanna send our thoughts and prayers to those who also didn’t make it home tonight!!!"

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