Uvalde’s father tells Anderson Cooper he learned of his daughter’s death from his blood-soaked friend

Angel Garza joined in Uvalde, Texas on Wednesday to talk about her 10-year-old daughter, Amerie, who was one of when a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday. Garza said he was a medical assistant and showed up to help the injured at his daughter’s school, only to learn of his fate from one of his classmates.

“A little girl was just covered in blood from head to toe,” Garza said. “I thought she was hurt, I asked her what was wrong and she said she was fine. She was hysterical saying that they had shot her best friend, that they had killed her best friend and she wasn’t breathing. She was trying to call the cops. And I asked the little girl’s name, and she said Amerie.

Understandably, Garza, who was holding a photo of Amerie, struggled to keep it together throughout the interview, especially when talking about his daughter.

“She was so nice, Mr. Cooper. She was the nicest little girl who did nothing wrong,” Garza said. “She listened to her mom and dad, she always brushed her teeth. She was creative, she did things for us. She never got in trouble at school. I just want to know what she did to be a victim.

Garza also spoke about the heartbreaking task of letting his 3-year-old son know his sister was gone.

“We have a 3-year-old son named Zane who asks for his sister every morning when he wakes up,” Garza said. “We informed him that his sister is now with God, and she will no longer be with us, and, of course, he just cried. I mean, he’s three years old and it’s just emotional for him to even process.

Anderson Cooper 360 airs weeknights at 8 p.m. CNN.

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