ROSWELL, NM (KRQE) – The accused shooter, 12-year-old Mason Campbell and 12-year-old Nathaniel Tavarez had a class together, and sat at the same table.
Anthony Miranda, Nathaniel Tavarez’s Uncle says “My nephew. His conditions right now, I won’t give any particulars, but I will say that he is climbing. He is climbing, he is an amazing fighter.”
Nathaniel Tavarez is still in critical condition at a Lubbock hospital with critical wounds to his face and neck. Doctors had to repair his heart after he was hit with a blast of birdshot from about 12 feet away.
“We know that if he was able to speak for himself he would also give his prayers to the individual that initiated this incident”, says Tavarez’s uncle.
Anthony Miranda says their family has no ill will toward Campbell or his family:
Miranda states, “We are here for their family as well. We support the families of the other individuals that were involved in this and we do not separate ourselves.”
Classmates told us Nathaniel, a baseball player, who loves sports, was caring and kind. State police say Tavarez was picked randomly by the shooter, but many are still questioning if bullying was involved between the two. Miranda says he does not think Campbell was bullied, and begs for people not to make assumptions about what happened.
“To say this was something that could have been prevented? How do you know that? We don’t know that. You don’t know that until it happens. Once it happens then you ask how can we prevent it”, says Miranda.
Miranda says for now that the focus is on Nathaniel who is surrounded by a lot of people helping him heal. “Our focus is to let him feel the strength from us, which we’re getting not just from ourselves but so much of it from the community.”
The other shooting victim, 13-year-old Kendal Sanders, is in satisfactory condition at a Lubbock hospital. She is expected to be released soon.