(The Hill) – An 11-year-old student who survived the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday says she covered herself in a classmate’s blood and played dead to protect herself to be slaughtered.
Miah Cerrillo told CNN on Friday that she dipped her hands in the blood of a deceased classmate after the shooter left her class and wiped it on herself to play dead in case he returned .
Cerrillo was treated in hospital for injuries caused by bullet fragments, and her mother, Abigale Veloz, says the girl is “traumatized”.
Miguel Cerrillo, her father, confirmed to Fox News on Thursday that she was discharged from the hospital, but added that she was “freaking out” after being in “survival mode” during filming.
The shooter, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, walked into Miah’s classroom – where the fourth graders had been watching “Lilo and Stitch” – just as a teacher was walking towards the door to lock it.
Miah said Ramos looked one of the teachers in the eye and said “Good night” before shooting him and then opening fire on the class.
Ramos then reportedly went to an adjacent classroom where Miah said she heard gunshots, screams and rhythmic music, which she described as “I want people to die” music.
The girl and a friend dialed 911 from their deceased teacher’s phone and asked the police for help.
According to CNN, Miah started crying as she talked about the police waiting outside the school, saying she couldn’t understand why the officers didn’t come in to rescue them.
According to her aunt Blanca Rivera, Miah was shaken to the core when the reality of the shooting hit her Tuesday night, hours after the incident.
“Around midnight, my sister-in-law called me and she was just crying like, ‘I think it just hit Miah. I think it all came true. We’re home, and she’s crying and having a seizure. panic,” Rivera told Click2Houston on Tuesday.
Miah asked not to speak on camera because of her trauma.
Veloz set up a GoFundMe to pay for Miah’s medical bills and therapy, writing, “She will need a lot of help with all the trauma she’s going through. my daughter is an amazing person and is a very good sister to her siblings. we will need help with his medical expenses caused by the bullet fragment in his back.
Rivera said, “At this point we just have to pray and ask God to help us move forward in this situation. I know it’s traumatic and an 11 year old is going through it, I can’t imagine how she feels.
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