10-year-old girl trapped in classroom with Uvalde gunman worried what her last words would be
One of the survivors of the Uvalde school massacre, who was trapped in her classroom with the gunman, is speaking about the shooting that killed 21 people, including 19 children.
Khloie Torres, 10, spoke to Fox News Wednesday and said that she naturally feared for her life in those terrifying moments.
‘I was scared… To be like, ‘what were my last words going to be?’ I was really scared,’ Torres said.
Torres was attending class with hero slain teacher Irma Garcia when the shooting took place, as recess had just ended and, being the end of the school year, turned on a movie when things took their awful turn.
‘She told us we were going to go on a quick lockdown,’ Torres said. ‘So, my friend, he got up and turned off the TV because that’s what we had to do. And, right when she went out to find the key and lock the door from the outside, we heard gunshots.’
Khloie Torres, one of the survivors of the Uvalde school massacre, who was trapped in her classroom with the gunman, is speaking out and saying that Salvador Ramos did not fire randomly when he killed 21 people, including 19 children
Torres’ was attending class with hero slain teacher Irma Garcia when the shooting took place, as recess had just ended and, being the end of the school year, turned on a movie when things took their awful turn
Torres said that at that moment, Garcia had tried to close the door, but deranged gunman Ramos forced his way inside.
She said the Garcia began to guard the children while her friend and classmate Armory used a friend’s phone to try to dial 911.
‘When she did that, he started saying, ‘you’ll die!’
Garcia started to pleading and begging with Ramos while trying to defend her kids but to no avail.
‘He shot my friend and my teachers. And then after that, he said ‘goodnight,’ and he started shooting everybody.’
Torres was attending class with hero slain teacher Irma Garcia when the shooting took place, as recess had just ended and, being the end of the school year, turned on a movie when things took their awful turn
Torres said the Garcia tried to guard the children while her friend and classmate used a friend’s phone to try to dial 911
Torres said that Ramos walked around the classroom and shot at everyone he could see before arriving at her.
‘He shot the girl next to me, and she said, ‘I’ve been shot!’ And, I didn’t want to say anything because I didn’t want him to come over and shoot me. So, I stayed quiet. He came back and shot her again because she wouldn’t be quiet.’
Then, she says, the gunman moved over to the classroom connected to hers and continued to fire away.
Once the gunfire stopped and she heard Ramos move into the hallway, she ran into that classroom to find out if anyone had survived.
‘It’s hard because there were bodies everywhere!’ she said.
People continue to pay their respects to the victims, including Irma, at the Uvalde town square memorial following the shooting at Robb Elementary. A similar tribute to Joe, who died days later of a heart attack, has also been placed
A cross was added to the memorial for Joe Garcia, who died two days after his wife, Irma Garcia
Torres said she tried to contact the police several times but kept getting told that officers were already at the school.
Ruben Torres, Khloie’s father, said that he had been misinformed when the tragedy was going on.
‘I heard it from a co-worker of mine telling me that it was a high-speed chase. And, that’s common around here, so I didn’t think anything of it,’ he said. ‘If I had known an active shooter was on her campus, I would have left work immediately.’
For now, Torres is focused on making sure his daughter recovers from the horrible things she had to endure.
‘It’s going to be a long road. This will never go away for her.’
A cardboard cutout depicting the fourth-grade teacher Irma Garcia at the memorial outside Robb Elementary
Joe and Irma Garcia were childhood sweethearts and raised four children
Khloie has been to the funeral of Garcia and is likely going to attend the services of her classmates.
However, according to mother Jamie, she will no longer be attending school from this point on and will instead be homeschooled.
‘The way everything was handled was so poor,’ she said. ‘I have to be able to trust that she will be safe.’
After last week’s slaughter at the hands of 18 year-old gunman Salvador Ramos, dozens of stories have emerged of individual tragedies and acts of heroism.
Garcia, who according to multiple accounts gave her life to protect the children, was one of the 21 victims. Her husband Joe died of a heart attack just two days later.