An 11-year-old survivor of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday said she covered herself in her friend’s blood and played dead to survive the attack.
Miah Cerrillo told CNN on Friday that one of her teachers got an email that a shooter was in the building while students watched a Disney movie to celebrate the end of the school year.
The shooter, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was already at her classroom door when her teacher got up to lock it. He shot out the window in the door and backed the teacher in the classroom where the students had been watching “Lilo and Stitch.”
Miah said the shooter looked her teacher in her eyes and told her “goodnight” before shooting her. He then opened fire in the classroom hitting several students and the other teacher. Miah was hit by bullet fragments.
The shooter then went into the adjoining classroom and opened fire there as well. Miah said she heard screams and sad music which she describes as ‘I want people to die music.'”
Miah told CNN that she survived by dipping her hands in her friend’s blood as she was bleeding out beside her and smeared it all over body to look like she was dead in case the shooter came back in her classroom. She remained that way, covered in her friend’s blood on the floor for about three hours until police arrived.
According to CNN she started crying when she spoke about the officers waiting outside instead of trying to save them.
She was treated for wounds caused by bullet fragments and discharged from the hospital. Miah’s mother Abigale Veloz says she is “traumatized.”
She did the interview off camera due to her trauma.
The family has organized a GoFundMe to pay for her medical expenses and therapy.
“She will need a lot of help with all the trauma that she is going through. my daughter is amazing person and is a very good sister to her siblings. we will need help with her medical expenses that were caused by the bullet fragment on her back,” Veloz wrote.
Nineteen children and 2 teachers died during the attack. It is the deadliest school shooting since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012.