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First “Honorary” Houston Hero: Christian Riley Garcia

The ten victims between students and teachers at Santa Fe High School on May 18, 2018, are celebrated and will always be remembered as heroes, as people who exemplified all the goodness in the face of evil. They are the final inspiration that moved me to launch this HOUSTON HERO Annual recognition, but in particular the heroic actions of Christian Riley Garcia, a 15-year-old who dreamed of enlisting in the Army, whom by his selfless efforts saved fellow students from gunfire by holding a door shut in the school’s art hallway, allowing others to escape. The gunman fired through the door, striking and killing him. I guess we will never know how many lives Christian saved that somber Friday, but he passed as the soldier he was soon to be, as a true Houston Hero, fighting to save others.

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Yet, we have seen the killer featured on the news over and over again, while very little -in comparison- was said about Christian and the other victims. We must turn this around. I am eager to see us spending a lot more time talking about the good people. We need to show our youth that it is always much more rewarding to be a hero, than to be a coward killer or a bad person. Both, teens and adults, need this type of inspiration.

True Heroes are amongst us, behind unassuming faces, behind different races, skin colors, ages, genders or occupations. Houstonians want to know who they are. We want to know their stories, make their names and actions public.

We want to acknowledge, celebrate and be inspired by them. Please let’s bring these heroes forward!

We are proud to introduce Christian Riley Garcia -a 15-year-old who dreamed of enlisting in the Army- as the Inaugural Honorary Houston Hero, for his selfless efforts in saving fellow Santa Fe High School students from gunfire by holding a door shut in the school’s art hallway, allowing others to escape. The gunman fired through the door, striking and killing him.

We will never know how many lives Christian saved that dark Friday, May 18, 2018, but we do know he passed as the soldier he was soon likely to be, as a true Houston Hero, fighting to save others.

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