Girl Scouts award one of their highest honors to Uvalde’s victim for heroism

Ameria Jo Garza, 10, posthumously received one of the Girl Scouts’ highest honors for her heroism as a gunman raged through her classroom in Uvalde, Texas.

Amerie was one of the first children killed in the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary School. Nineteen students and two teachers were killed inside the school. She was shot after trying to call 911.

Her grandmother, Berlinda Arreola, told The Daily Beast that Amerie “was shot and killed for trying to call 911, she died a hero trying to get help for herself and her comrades in class”.

The Girl Scouts of the United States said in a statement Tuesday that they awarded Amerie the rare Bronze Cross on Friday.

“The Bronze Cross is awarded for saving or attempting to save life at the risk of the Girl Scout’s life,” the group said in a statement. “Amerie did everything she could to save the lives of her classmates and teachers.”

“We will always carry his story with us and ensure that his courageous actions endure for generations.”

Amerie was in her freshman year with the Girl Scouts. According to the group, she was “a bright, outgoing fourth grader who loved Play-Doh, playing with friends at recess – and being a Girl Scout.”

“She was proud of the badges she earned. She completed her Girl Scout transition ceremony last week and on Tuesday at school she received an award for making honor roll A and B.

Arreola told People the family is “so proud” of Amerie for receiving the honor.

“She deserved it. Our baby gave her life for this, but she deserved it,” she said.

“That was how she was. She tried to save everyone.

She was laid to rest Tuesday at the first funeral for the grieving community of Uvalde.


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