Victims react to Roswell school shooter sentencing

Created: 07/02/2014 10:06 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The victims now have some relief as they try to move forward. The judge handed down the sentence they wanted, but emotions ran high all day.

Reliving that pain helped them come to peace. They got the judge on their side and now they say they know Mason will get the help he needs.  This is as they still figure out what kind of treatment they'll need for the rest of their lives.

We all know a mother and father's love runs deep.     

"I felt such extreme helpless pain, my precious baby covered in bandages.  There was blood everywhere.  So much blood," said Nathaniel’s mother Donna Tavarez.

The pain the Tavarez family felt in January, they remembered in detail this day. They did it to prove how hard it has been for them, how hard Nathaniel and Kendal’s lives will still be, forever, with lead shotgun pellets still poisoning their bodies.

"She may never be able to have children of her own --- they may not be able to keep the lead poisoning passing along to a baby," said Kendal’s mother Nickie Portio.

Still, through sharing that pain these families find solace.

"He's just a really good kid that made a bad decision," Kendal Sanders said.

Kendal found forgiveness for Mason Campbell.

Nathaniel may too, with the help of God.

"It's gonna take some time for you. It's gonna take a lot of time," said Nathaniel Tavarez

In time, these families know their lives will improve, and so will Mason's.

"He's a young child, and I think with a lot of the counseling that's he's going to receive, he'll be OK in the long run," said Alfred Tavarez.

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