We can’t think about how this household should have been feeling…
As we’ve been reporting, 19 college students and two lecturers tragically misplaced their lives earlier this week when an 18-year-old gunman entered Robb Elementary College and horrifically shot them. For the reason that horrific capturing, a number of households and survivors have come ahead with their heartbreaking tales about their family members who died within the assault – together with the household of fourth-grader Jose Flores.
In accordance with The Every day Beast, the 10-year-old had been pictured proudly holding up an honor roll certificates that he had obtained throughout an educational award ceremony hours earlier than he was killed within the bloodbath. Jose was carrying a blue t-shirt within the image, which was used to determine his physique. Nevertheless, his uncle Christopher Salazar revealed to the outlet that he was recognized solely AFTER they initially informed the household he was nonetheless alive.
So terrible. Talking with Folks, Salazar recalled that he had heard the gunshots from his home down the highway and instantly rushed over to the varsity. When he arrived on the scene, he noticed law enforcement officials ready outdoors and maintaining dad and mom from heading into the constructing. Salazar stated:
“I noticed individuals yelling and going loopy on the lookout for their children.”
As soon as the little boy’s father, Jose Sr., acquired phrase of the capturing, Salazar informed The Every day Beast that he left work to move to the varsity, too. And like many different households, the 2 males began frantically trying to find their beloved one, however they might not discover Jose anyplace. In accordance with the uncle, legislation enforcement was not serving to them in any respect and repeatedly informed them that he had been on a “bus,” explaining to Folks:
“The cops saved on saying he was on the bus. He was on the bus. We went on the lookout for the bus. We didn’t discover the bus. We by no means noticed him. We have been praying and praying. I noticed a bit child, it seemed precisely like him, with a cap on. It wasn’t him. And that’s what made me extra unhappy, as a result of that was the final bus.”
Salazar went on to search for Jose at a number of native hospitals and the police station, however nonetheless, nobody knew the place he was. Ultimately, authorities got here as much as Jose Sr. and requested him to succeed in out to a different member of the family who could possibly be with him earlier than they shared an replace. When Salazar met up with the dad, that’s when officers knowledgeable them of devastating information. He shared with The Every day Beast:
“They lastly informed him, ‘Look, are you OK to listen to what I’ve to let you know? No, he didn’t make it.’ They lied to him. They needed some relations to consolation him whereas they informed him his son was gone already. I acquired into an argument with the cops in there. I stated, ‘I don’t care for those who lock me up or no matter. You lied to him. Telling him he’s alive, he’s alright…’”
After the pair have been made conscious of Jose’s demise, authorities additionally warned them to not see the physique. Salazar stated:
“We couldn’t maintain him or hug him or nothing. They stated it was too ugly. His physique was supposedly torn to items. The one manner they recognized him was due to his garments and a scar on his left foot.”
We can’t even think about. And now, like many different individuals, Salazar is enraged over the response and negligence from the police on the scene – particularly as extra accounts detailing the entire lack of motion taken by officers whereas the shooter was contained in the constructing for 40 minutes of an hour come out. Moreover, Steven McCraw of the Texas Division of Public Security later confirmed that there had been 19 cops ready within the hallway who did nothing to save lots of the youngsters contained in the classroom. Salazar expressed to Folks:
“They didn’t even defend him. They’d all these officers be there and none of those officers went in. The cops right here, they have been all [too] scared to go in there.”
Much more so, he believed that if legislation enforcement had really did one thing sooner, his nephew may need been nonetheless right here:
“He was a loving child, and he by no means grew as much as be one thing. He at all times needed to be a cop and he by no means acquired to do this.”
Our hearts simply break for this household. We might be maintaining them in our ideas throughout this tough time.
[Image via Christopher Salazar/Facebook, ABC News/YouTube]