The family of Nathaniel Tavarez holds on to hope while Nathaniel continues to fight for his life at UMC. We sat down with his uncle, Anthony Miranda, who has been in Lubbock while Nathaniel remains in critical condition at last update.
"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," Miranda said.
Nathaniel, an avid baseball player, loves sports and is an all around caring athlete has his friends and neighbors doing all they can to help his recovery. He is now even able to breath on his own according to Miranda. Doctors temporarily took him off respirators and has since put him back on.
"Our focus is to let him feel the strength from us," Miranda said. "Which we're getting not just from ourselves but so much of it from the community."
Miranda said he has no ill will toward the 12 year-old suspected shooter or his family. In fact, the whole family has showed compassion during this very difficult time.
"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 said. "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."
For now, Miranda and his family are looking forward and not dwelling on this tragedy.
"To say this was something that could have been prevented? How do you know that?" Miranda asked. "We don't know that. You don't know that until it happens. Once it happens then you ask, 'how can we prevent it?'"
Miranda said he does not believe the suspect in his nephew's shooting was bullied and he doesn't want anyone to make assumptions about this case. He tells us people have been using the words "monster" and "animal" when talking about the suspect, and wishes people would understand he is just a child.