"We Would Have Died!" How Santa Fe High School Student Sacrificed His Life By Shielding Others From The Shooter

A young student is being praised for his heroic deeds during the recent shooting in Texas.

A terrible day

On May 18, 2018, a devastating shooting occured at Santa Fe High School in Texas. It was reported that ten people were shot and 13 others were wounded as a result. 

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According to reports, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the suspected shooter, began firing at about 7:40 am. He was finally stopped by police officers. 

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A heroic student

A 15-year-old boy named Christian Riley Garcia lost his life while he was protecting his fellow student from the shooter. According to police reports, a bullet struck the teenage boy through a door he was guarding in the art class.

He was reportedly holding the door shut as the shooter was forcefully trying to enter the room. The shooter then shot through the door, leading to Garcia's death.

Courtney Marshall, whose life was saved as a result, explained that she and a few others had sought refuge in the closet. The 15-year-old said:

He shot the door. I guess the shot went through and killed Christian, and then he shot Ms. Perkins. Then, he was trying to shoot at me, but he missed. I was lucky enough to run out, but he was still shooting.

According to Marshall, Garcia guarded the door as soon as the gunman opened fire. 

He was a hero, cause if he would never have been there, we pretty much would have been dead because we were stuck in that closet.

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Tributes for Christian Riley Garcia

It's hard to hear a story like this and not shed a tear or two. It's pretty sad that a 15-year-old was put in a position where he had to save others from a crazed gunman. 

Many people took to social media to appreciate Garcia's incredible sacrifice. Because of him, Marshall survived a truly terrifying ordeal. 

May his soul rest in peace.

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