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An 11-year-old girl smeared herself in her friend's blood and played dead to avoid being shot in the Texas elementary school tragedy.
Schoolgirl Miah Cerrillo used the grim survival tactic at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde after a lone gunman entered the campus and murdered her teachers and friends around her.
Miah arrived at school late on May 24 after visiting the doctor. An hour later she was fighting to survive the day after 18-year-old Salvador Ramos burst in with a semi-automatic weapon, The Washington Post reported.
Ramos slaughtered 19 children and two teachers before being shot dead by police.
The 11-year-old and another little girl pretended to be dead as bullets whizzed around them, however Miah was the only one of the two of them to survive.
The identity of her classmate who died has not been revealed.
Her aunt, Blanca Rivera, explained the grim survival tactic used by her niece to Click 2 Houston.
"Miah got some blood and put it on herself to pretend that she was dead," she said.
"My sister-in-law said that [Miah] saw her friend full of blood, and she got blood and put it on herself."
Rivera also revealed that the 11-year-old was injured in the school shooting, however she has since been released from hospital.
"My brother said she had bullet fragments in her back," she said.
Her aunt revealed that Miah is struggling to come to terms with the attack and the death of her classmates.
Her little sister, a second-grader at Robb Elementary School is also reeling from the attack
The family revealed they will work with the children to help them overcome the atrocity.
"At this point, we just have to pray and ask God to help us move forward through this situation. I know it’s traumatising and having an 11-year-old go through this, I can’t imagine what she’s feeling," Rivera told Click 2 Houston.
Miah's mum has set up a GoFundMe page to help her daughter deal with the aftermath of such a horrific tragedy.
The Uvalde massacre is the worst school shooting since Sandy Hook in 2012.
Authorities are still working to piece together Ramos' motive.
The school shooting has brought America's gun control laws into question once again.
Such measures have so far lacked enough support to pass through Congress. But, somehow, not all Americans are on board with gun control.
Senator Ted Cruz and Texas' Attorney General Ken Paxton have suggested arming teachers instead of changing gun laws.
Cruz also refused to answer questions on gun reform, calling a Sky News journalist a 'propagandist' for suggesting the idea to him before he stormed off.