Fearing that the gunman would return for her, an 11-year-old survivor of the Robb Elementary School massacre in Uvalde, Texas, coated herself in her friend’s blood and pretended to be dead.
What happened to Miah Cerrillo’s friends and teachers?
Miah Cerrillo spoke exclusively to CNN about her terrifying experience that day inside the classroom where 19 of her students and two of her professors were slain in a mass shooting.
Miah stated she and her classmates were in a classroom with two teachers, Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia, watching the movie “Lilo and Stitch.” When the teachers learned there was a gunman in the building, the children were finished with their studies, she told CNN’s “New Day.”
One of the teachers ran to lock the door, but according to Miah, the shooter was already there — and fired out the door’s window.
One of the teachers ran to lock the door, but according to Miah, the shooter was already there — and fired out the door’s window. It all happened so quickly, she said, as her teacher rushed into the class and the shooter followed. He made eye contact with one of the teachers, said “Goodnight,” and then shot her, she reported to CNN.
He opened fire, killing the other instructor and a large number of Miah’s classmates. Bullets rushed past her, she added, and shards hit her shoulders and head. The youngster was later treated and released from the hospital with fragment wounds; she told CNN that clumps of her hair were now falling out.
According to Miah, after killing students in her class, the gunman entered an adjacent classroom through a door. In that classroom, she heard cries and the sound of gunshots. She claims that once the shots ceased, the shooter began playing loud music, which she described as “sad music.”
The youngster and a buddy were able to obtain the phone of her deceased teacher and dial 911 for assistance. “Please come… we’re in trouble,” she claims she begged a caller.
What did Miah Cerrillo do to save herself?
Miah expressed her fear that the gunman will return to her school and murder her and a few other survivors. So she put her hands in the blood of a student who was already dead next to her and spread the blood all over herself to imitate death.
Miah stated she lay there with her companions for three hours, covered in her classmate’s blood. Miah’s mother stated that her daughter has been traumatized and is unable to sleep. The child’s parents have set up a GoFundMe account to cover the cost of her therapy.