Loved ones speak about shooting victims

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s been an especially difficult day for the Berrendo Middle School shooting victims’ families and friends. Who are now waiting and hoping the 11-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl will be OK.

The girl has been identified as Kendal Sanders, and the boy’s family has asked he not be named. At a news conference Tuesday night, Gov. Susana Martinez asked for the community and media to give the boy’s family space at this time.

Other people who know the victims have been willing to talk.

One woman says she found out about the shooting Tuesday morning as she arrived to work. But when she saw a post on Facebook, she realized the 13-year-old girl that was hit is her relative.

“My heart fell to my stomach. I knew that it was my sweet girl,” said Crystal Hester, adding Sanders is expected to be OK.

Photo Gallery: Roswell School Shooting

She and the 11-year-old boy were flown to a Lubbock hospital after police say a Mason Campbell, a 12-year-old seventh grader at Berrendo Middle School, came into the gym with a shotgun Tuesday morning and started shooting. Both of the students had surgeries.

Family members say Sanders was hit with shrapnel in her shoulder area.

The community has been shaken by this shooting including a friend of the 11-year-old boy who was critically injured.

“I’m like surprised right now. Like why would somebody even do that to somebody,” said Gabby Vasquez, a friend of the male victim.

Both victims have a lot of support. They now have dozens of family members with them at the hospital. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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