The 9-year-old boy killed in a mass shooting in California last week “took the bullets” to save his mom’s life, his grieving dad said.
Elementary school pupil Matthew Farias was the youngest of four people shot dead in a Los Angeles suburb last Wednesday — dying in the arms of his mother, Blanca Tamayo, who was critically wounded.
“My angel, he saved his mom from dying,” his father, Rafael “Ralphie” Farias, told USA Today.
“He took the bullets for her,” he said.
Tamayo was the only survivor in the attack at her workplace, mobile-home broker Unified Homes in Orange. Police have yet to reveal a motive and Farias said his family has no links to the suspect.
“I’m so shocked. I’ve never met this person,” Farias told USA Today, crying as he called the suspect an “animal.”
Matthew Farias was one of four victims killed in the Orange shooting.AP
“Innocent people did not deserve to die. I’m here with