More stories are coming out about the heroic acts taken during the Santa Fe High School shooting that resulted in 10 people losing their lives.
One such story is that of Christian “Riley” Garcia, who was murdered while trying to save his fellow classmates. When the shooting started, Garcia, 15, attempted to block the shooter from entering the art class. Doing so cost him his life when the gunman shot through the door.
According to Garcia’s pastor, Keenan Smith, the teen showed a remarkable bravery that should have never been placed on his shoulders. Smith said:
He was holding the door shut when the shooter was trying to gain access into that art room … the shooter shot through the door, taking his (Garcia’s) life. He was against the door trying to help his teacher, trying to help another student, and trying to shield the others there.
Although Garcia is being hailed as a hero that is little consolation to a family that lost their son to senseless gun violence. Smith added:
This doesn’t ease the pain any. It doesn’t stop the void that will forever be there, but it does bring a measure of peace. They (Garcia’s family) are praying and hoping that they will be able to be reunited with him and see their son.
Christian “Riley” Garcia, 15, is being hailed as a hero after he died while blocking an art classroom door to keep other students safe from gunshots during the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, according to his family's pastor https://t.co/YtxO9iiwPc pic.twitter.com/cBN3Pu1GCA
— CNN International (@cnni) May 23, 2018
Christian Riley Garcia was also 15 years old. He loved to water ski and stay up late for night fishing trips, and had recently shared a photo of himself with a favorite Bible passage, Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.” pic.twitter.com/X7CfVtvrc4
— Melanie Schmitz (@MelsLien) May 21, 2018
Freshman Courtney Marshall shared her story with me for a single reason. She wants the world to know her classmate died a hero. Please share Christian Riley Garcia's remarkable selflessness. He shielded this young lady from gunfire. #abc13 #hounews https://t.co/7hVZqErwxh
— Steve Campion (@SteveABC13) May 22, 2018
People agree that this should never happen to someone so young.
No kid should ever have to face this. A heartbreaking way to become a hero – so brave
— Tallulah (@tallula_t) May 22, 2018
It's not right and I'm really upset about it
— Max Valley (@_maxvalley_) May 23, 2018
Sad that he even had to be in that position
— El Moreno Barbu (@MrInoa) May 22, 2018
My heart goes out to his family and friends. Their heartache is unbearable. Why do we keep letting this happen over and over? Why do our children continue to pay the price for the Senators like Cruz’ greed ?
— Desi azimi (@DesiAzimi) May 22, 2018
I can't imagine the anguish that Riley's family members and friends must be enduring. To have your beautiful child ripped from your lives so brutally is beyond my ability to process. I am heartsick.
— Grace Millman (@MillmanGrace) May 23, 2018
Poor lad, an unnecessary hero as these ridiculous shootings shouldn't even happen.
These kids are at school!
— Clare smith-hill (@theriponshadow) May 22, 2018