Created: 01/24/2014 6:51 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4
She was so close to one of the students shot at Berrendo Middle School last week that some of her friends' blood ended up on her.
That girl’s mother spoke to KOB Eyewitness News 4. She said her daughter is still haunted by what happened.
Teresa Lykins has a 13-year-old daughter at Berrendo Middle School. She said since the shooting last week, her daughter, Zoee, hasn't been the same.
“She grew up from a 13-year-old to probably a 30-year-old that morning. The little girl in her is gone," said Lykins.
Lykins said the morning of the shooting her daughter Zoee was sitting next to her friend 13-year-old Kendal Sanders.
She said they were inside the gym at Berrendo Middle School when accused shooter Mason Campbell walked in.
“She seen him walk in, pull out the gun, she described the gun to a tee, told me how he was holding it and how he cocked it from the bottom. She said the first one hit the floor, she said he didn't know what he was doing," said Lykins.
Then she saw Kendal get shot.
Lykins said her daughter was so close, she got her friends' blood on her sweatshirt.
“When I finally was walking her to the car, it was so cold that morning and the wind was blowing, I’m like where is your jacket? And she said they took it. And I said what do you mean they took it? She said it had Kendal’s blood on it and they used it as evidence so they took my hoodie," said Lykins.
It was a moment that’s traumatized the 13-year-old.
“She doesn't want to go by the gym. I don't know if she will ever be able to go back in the gym. It will be another mountain for her to climb," said Lykins.
And it’s not just Zoee, Lykins said it’s hard now to send her daughter back to Berrendo Middle School.
"I have a panic attack, I had one this morning. In the mornings it's the hardest part of the day. Then once I get past the she’s at school, and I text her like 5 times, are you okay, are you okay," said Lykins.
Where she said Zoee’s life changed forever.
"I know it's going to get easier, but it's different. It's never going to be the same," said Lykins.