A girl fatally shot on a school bus in Florida earlier this week has died, as we reported earlier, and the boy accused of firing the shots that killed the very young teen has been arrested and charged in the case.
The girl fatally shot on a school bus was a student of Somerset Academy Silver Palms and hailed from Homestead, Florida. Police eventually identified her publicly as Lourdes Guzman, 13, and one of the passengers on the bus was confirmed to be her 7-year-old sister, who was not named.
In the wake of the unsettling event, area parents and kids remembered Guzman and spoke to press about their reactions to the news a girl had been fatally shot on a school bus in their town. Fabian Otero, father of an eighth-grader at the school, said his son did not ride the bus but that the news was hard to hear:
‘‘I was stunned! I was stunned! That hits really close to home. That’s just scary.’’
Eric Carillo, 13, knew Guzman from previous grades and remembered her as a nice kid:
‘‘She was a good girl. She was fun.”
Sarah Baer, another parent, also said that her kids don’t use the bus, and comments:
‘‘I always take my daughter to and from school. This is so heartbreaking especially right before Thanksgiving.”
After the incident in Homestead, a 15-year old boy was taken into custody after the girl was fatally shot on the school bus and charged with manslaughter and carrying a concealed firearm.