Second grader describes Texas school shooting: Our teacher told us we could pray
A second grader in the next-door classroom was overcome with fear when a gunman began killing his classmates at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday.
"We were scared and the teacher started telling us we could pray," 8-year-old Timothy Silva told CBS News.
He said his teacher reacted quickly, closing the classroom door and telling the students to hide.
"She started screaming and I didn't think it was an exercise because they announced it. The teacher just walked out and started tearing at our door to hide," he said.
Silva's mother, Amberlin Diaz, waited 40 agonizing minutes to know her son was safe.
"I thought the shooter was shooting everywhere, that he was going to go through one of the walls and shoot him. I was so scared," she told CBS News. "I'm glad I wasn't shot," said Silva.
For other families, those worst fears came true.
Among the victims was Xavier Lopez, whose mother visited him hours before the shooting spree during the school's awards ceremony. Lopez's family described him as full of life. They posted on social media, "Fly up pretty angel."
Eliahna Garcia was a proud member of the Tree City basketball team. Her aunt described her as a sweet girl. “She was very happy and very outgoing. She loved to dance and sing and play sports," said Siria Arizmendi.
Jayce Luevanos and Jailah Silguero were cousins — her grandfather had died just two weeks ago.
The massacre killed 19 children and two teachers and injured 17 others.
As the people of Uvalde grapple with what is happening, the largely Latino community turns to one another for comfort and prayer, hoping to find an answer to what may never be known.
“There are no words for this type of situation. We're trying to speak with our action, with our presence, with our support, with our prayer," Matthew de Leon, a pastor at Ulveda, told CBS News. "We stand ready to help them immediately with bereavement counseling, financial support, any housing they need, or any other support."
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