Posted at: 01/16/2014 10:46 AM
Updated at: 01/16/2014 6:02 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Nathaniel Tavarez, 12, remains in critical condition after a school shooting.
Photo: Courtesy photo
Kendal Sanders, 13, is listed in stable condition after the shooting.
A bright smile, and a love of sports.
That's how the friends and family of Nathaniel Tavarez describe the 12-year-old.
Nathaniel's family has decided to release his name, and now we can put a face to the young man fighting for his life in a Texas trauma center.
His friends and family are affectionately calling him "NeNe" on Facebook.
Messages of support for have flooded his mom's page, all with messages of hope for this smiling kid who loves all things sports.
In family photos, 12-year-old Nathaniel is always wearing a smile.
Nathaniel plays baseball for the Reds little league baseball team in Roswell.
His #17 jersey and a crisp red and white uniform are laid out in a photograph on his mom's Facebook page from May.
"First win" is written in icing on a cookie decorated like a baseball.
A recent picture with his mom is no exception, her Facebook page has filled with countless comments sending hope and prayers to the Tavarez family, some include messages of hope for the family of 13-year-old Kendal Sanders as well.
"May God rest his healing hands over Donna Tavarez, Bert Sanders & their families in this time of need my heart is heavy for what has happened in our town In Jesus Name We Pray!"
Nathaniel's friend Israel Mendoza says they used to have class together at Sierra Middle School before Nathaniel transferred to Berrando.
"Out of everybody, why Nathaniel, out of everybody in the school why him?" said Mendoza.
Israel says they used to be in class together.
"Ms. Spicer's class. That's where we would just talk and chill," he said.
Israel said the hurt is deep at Sierra Middle School.
Classmates made a banner for Berrendo students, and t-shirts for Nathaniel with his name and the Berrendo Bulldog paw.