Governor discusses Roswell during State of the State address

Posted at: 01/21/2014 6:36 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The school shooting one week ago in Roswell was on the governor's mind as she laid out her State of the State address.

Almost immediately after getting to the podium, Governor Martinez talked about the injured students, and thanked two people at the school for what they did that day.

Governor Martinez started her address by acknowledging Kendal Sanders and Nathaniel Tavarez, the victims of last weeks' shooting, and the teacher she's calling a hero.

"But first let's turn our thoughts to the community of Roswell," said Governor Martinez.

The governor started with 12-year-old Nathaniel Tavarez, who is still recovering from his injuries.

“And as we recall last week's tragic school shooting, lets pray for Nathaniel who's struggling with serious injuries and for his parents who are showing such great strength," said Governor Martinez.

And 13-year-old Kendal Sanders, who was able to return home on Sunday.

“And Kendal, having been through such horror. When I saw her last week she was in great pain, but couldn't wait to see her best friend set to arrive at the hospital any minute,” said Governor Martinez.

The governor then thanked the Roswell teacher, John Masterson, who state police said was able to get the accused shooter to put down his gun.

"The soccer coach and social studies teacher who we have come to know as a true hero,” said Governor Martinez.  "When hundreds of kids needed someone's help, his courage was on display in that gymnasium. And his humility has been on display since."

The governor also thanked a Berrendo Middle School security guard.

“And Kevin Hayes, a security guard who provided help and care to Nathaniel despite having been injured in the shooting himself," said Governor Martinez.

Both men who stepped in when students needed them most.

"Thank you both so very much,” said Governor Martinez.