As horror and shock continue to percolate after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers last week at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, one child is sharing her unimaginable survival story.
Khloie Torres, 10, was trapped inside one of the classrooms where the deadly shooting unfolded. This week, she revealed details in an interview with Fox News about what she saw and experienced.
“I was scared…to be like, ‘What were my last words going to be?'” Torres said. “I was really scared.”
Torres watched her teacher, Irma Garcia — who was killed during the rampage — try and protect students and plead with the gunman to stop.
She also saw scores of classmates brutally murdered, as she remained quiet in a desperate effort to survive. Hearing her tiny voice share the atrocities she witnessed is truly agonizing.
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The deadly shooting happened after recess. Before the gunman entered the room, Torres said Garcia told students they would be going into a lockdown. As they prepared to secure the door, gunshots began ringing out — and that’s when the 18-year-old gunman barged into the classroom.
Torres said Garcia desperately tried to protect her and her peers as the gunman taunted and threatened everyone in the room.
“She started guarding us. And, my friend Amory, she started trying to call the police with her friend’s phone. When she did that, he started saying, ‘You’ll die!'” Torres said. “He shot my friend and my teachers. And then after that, he said, ‘Goodnight,’ and he started shooting everybody.”
The young girl described watching a child next to her being shot at least twice; Torres said she remained quiet to avoid being attacked by the madman.
“It’s really hard,” she told Fox News. “Because you have to see a bunch of bodies around you, and it’s really scary.”
Her parents, Ruben and Jamie Torres, are now focused on her healing. They plan to homeschool her moving forward, as they do not trust she will be safe in school after all that unfolded.
Please pray for Torres as she, her family, and their community heal from this dreadful event.
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