One of those self-sacrificing heroes is Christian “Riley” Garcia.
VIDEO: Memorial service dedicated to Christian Riley Garcia at his home church. The 15-year-old gave his life holding the classroom door shut to buy time for other students to get away.
According to the family’s pastor, Keenan Smith, the 15-year-old showed remarkable courage as he exerted every last ounce of strength he had to block an art classroom door and shield his peers from the shooter.
“He was against the door trying to help his teacher, trying to help another student, and trying to shield the others there,” Pastor Smith told CNN.
Tragically, it was a bold act that would cost Garcia his own life.
“He was holding the door shut when the shooter was trying to gain access into that art room,” continued Smith. “The shooter shot through the door, taking his life.”
The pastor shared that he was spending time with Garcia’s family on Friday night when students were praising the brave teen for saving their lives. They knew Garcia certainly took a bullet that was meant for them.
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”.~John 15:13
Smith, who baptized Garcia, added, “He was a good kid, he was compassionate, he was loving, caring and caring for other people.”