On a pre-recorded video testimony for members of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform Wednesday, Miah Cerrillo recounted the massacre she survived.
“I took my friend’s blood and put it all over me,” she shared. “And I thought he would come back to the room.”
Like many of her peers, Miah is recovering from the trauma of the shooting. She is also healing from injuries of bullet fragments in her back. Miah shared that she has become fearful of returning to school in the event of another shooting.
Miguel Cerrillo also said that his daughter was no longer the same after the tragedy. He pleaded for a change that could protect children in school. Cerrillo also said that Liah wanted to attend in person in the hopes of explaining what she went through and making schools safer.
Felix and Kimberly Rubio, the parents of Lexi Rubio, made an emotional plea, asking the committee to remember she was a person, not “just a number.” Kimberly shared that she ran barefoot for a mile with her husband before learning Lexi was among the victims who died from gun violence.
“We told her we loved her, and we would pick her up after school,” the mother said, fighting back the tears while recounting the morning with her daughter. “I left my daughter at that school, and that decision will always haunt me for the rest of my life.”
Meanwhile, families of the shooting at Buffalo, New York, also spoke. Zeneta Everhart, mother of a victim still recovering from injuries, described her son’s injuries while cleaning his wounds, hoping to reach out to them.
Garnell Whitfield Jr, the son of an 86-year-old woman, challenged Congress to act against the gun violence sweeping across the country and the “cancer of white supremacy.”
Dr. Roy Guerrero, a Uvalde pediatrician, painted a bloody picture to the Congress while treating students in the emergency room.
“Those mothers’ cries,” he recalled. “I will never get out of my head.”
Senators have been meeting to create a compromise that could become law, with President Joe Biden meeting them to secure a deal.
Although the Democratic-led House passed a bill that raised the minimum age to purchase a semi-automatic weapon, the legislation has almost no chance of becoming law as the Senate continues to shift the focus on improving mental health programs, school security, and enhancing background checks.
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