Families whose kids survived the Uvalde school shooting turn to crowdfunding to afford therapy for them
- Families of kids who survived the
Uvalde shootingare fundraising for therapy.
- Survivors described playing dead as they watched their friends and teachers killed.
Parents and relatives of the children who survived the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, are turning to crowdfunding websites to afford therapy.
Insider found three GoFundMe pages set up on behalf of kids who were in the classroom the gunman attacked on Tuesday.
Nineteen children and two teachers were shot dead in the massacre.
Some of those were injured but survived. Those who were physically unharmed were left traumatized from coming so close to death, and witnessing their friends and teachers killed in front of them.
Such appeals for private donations to deal with mass killings are common in the US. They came despite Texas Gov. Greg Abbott pledging state support for the victims on Friday, including a mental-health phone line.
(Abbott has a history of diverting money away from mental-health programs in Texas.)
One GoFundMe page was set up for 11-year-old Miah Cerrillo by her mother.
Cerrillo told CNN how she covered herself in the blood of a slain classmate, playing dead to avoid the gunman's attention.
She told CNN that her hair had been falling out in clumps since the ordeal, an apparent physical sign of her trauma.
On the fundraising page her mother, Abigail Veloz, asked for money to meet medical expenses from dealing with a bullet fragment in her back, as well as to help with all the trauma that she is going through.
As of Sunday morning the appeal had raised more than $400,000 from an original goal of $10,000.
A second GoFundMe page was set up for ten-year-old Noah Orona by his older sister, Laure Holeck.
Orona told ABC News that he too played dead but was still shot in the back. He saw his teacher get shot dead, he said.
On his fundraising page, Holeck wrote that the money was for "physical and motor therapies, along with long-term cognitive care for the mental trauma of the shooting." It has raised $136,000 by early Sunday.
"Your donation will be gratefully used to help him recover from the mental trauma that has left our little guy with trying to comprehend not only his wounds, but witnessing the suffering of his friends, classmates, and his beloved teacher," Holeck wrote.
A third fundraising page was organized for ten-year-old Samuel Salinas by his father Christopher Salinas.
Samuel Salinas, 10, told ABC News that he heard the gunman say: "You're all going to die." The fourth-grade student said that the shooter aimed at him but a chair blocked the bullet from hitting him.
In the aftermath of the massacre, he told the outlet that he is having nightmares and no longer feels safe going to school.
The fundraising page did not go into specifics, but said Samuel was "in recovery" and that the money raised would "help Samuel get through this tragic time." As of early Sunday it had attracted donations of around $10,000.
The appeals were among 23 pages which GoFundMe verified as being from victims of the Uvalde shooting, which were raising funds both for those who survived the shooting and the families of those who were killed.
Insider's Erin Snodgrass previously reported that children who survive school shootings experience a "fundamental rattling" of their sense of safety.
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