Uncle of Roswell shooting victim speaks out

Posted at: 01/17/2014 10:36 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The family of one of the victims of Tuesday's shooting in Roswell is speaking out.

Nathaniel Tavarez was shot in the face and neck in the gym of Berrendo Middle School Tuesday morning. Tonight, his uncle is talking about his nephew's condition, and the 12 year-old boy accused of shooting him.

"He is climbing. He is climbing, he is an amazing fighter."

Nathaniel Tavarez is still fighting. He's now breathing on his own. His uncle Anthony Miranda says they're holding out hope that his climb continues upward.

"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," Miranda said.

Miranda says he has no ill will for the boy accused of shooting his nephew. He says even Nathaniel would have compassion for 12-year-old Mason Campbell. "We know that if he was able to speak for himself, he would also give his prayers to the individual that initiated this incident."

Miranda says they're not the only family going through a tragedy right now. He says Campbell's family is also on their minds. "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."

But they're also not dwelling on the tragedy.  He knows they can't live in the past; they have to keep moving forward. "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?"

He says he doesn't believe suspected shooter Mason Campbell was bullied, but he also said it's important not to make any assumptions in this case.