Uvalde school shooting: Amerie Jo Garza, a girl killed trying to call 911 on a shooter, was awarded the Bronze Cross, the Girl Scouts’ highest honor

UVALDE, Texas — Amerie Jo Garza, one of 19 students killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, received one of Girl Scouting’s highest honors for her heroic actions in trying to save her classmates from class.

Amerie was fatally shot on May 24 when 18-year-old Salvador Ramos barricaded himself in his fourth grade classroom and shot them. Amerie’s classmates told her family she was trying to call 911 on her new phone when she was shot in the attack.

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“She wanted a phone for so long and we finally got it for her. She was just trying to call the authorities, and I guess he just shot her,” Amerie’s dad Angel Garza said. , to CNN’s Anderson Cooper during an interview after the shooting.

WATCH: Uvalde man says daughter was killed trying to call 911 on shooter

On Tuesday, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas announced that Girl Scouts USA had “posthumously awarded” Amerie one of Girl Scouting’s highest honors – the Bronze Cross. The Bronze Cross is awarded for saving or attempting to save (a) life at the risk of the Girl Scout’s own life, a statement read.

“Our hearts are broken for her family and friends, and for all those who lost loved ones during this tragedy. Dozens of our daughters, volunteers and staff have now lost friends or family members. family, and we suffer alongside them.

Amerie 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 had earned. She completed her Girl Scout transition ceremony last week and on Tuesday at school she had received an award for making the A and B honor roll.

Girl Scouts is committed to providing a high level of support to these families in the weeks and months ahead,” Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas shared on its website.

Over the next two and a half traumatic weeks, residents of the southwest Texas town will say goodbye to children and their teachers, one heartbreaking visitation, funeral and burial after another. On Tuesday, Amerie and Maite Rodriguez were the first two remembered.

SEE ALSO: Uvalde mourns, bids farewell to visitation and funeral for Texas school shooting victims

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