By Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
May 23, 2018
A teenager who died Friday when authorities said a 17-year-old student opened fire on classmates at Texas’ Santa Fe High School is being hailed as a hero for his efforts to protect his fellow students from the gunman.
Smith, who baptized Garcia, described the teen as "a fun-loving kid who loved playing football and enjoyed being outdoors," CNN reported.
"That's not what's supposed to happen to a 15-year-old's life, that he has to make those decisions," Smith told CNN. "But he made them without even thinking about it, because it was his heart. This is who he was as an individual."