A teen who survived the Colorado theater shooting without physical wounds is learning to deal with her emotional scars. Kaylan, 13, watched as three people with her at the batman screening were shot, including 6-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan.
“I put my hand on Veronica’s ribcage to see if she was breathing,” Kaylan tells CNN’s Poppy Harlow, “but she wasn’t breathing so I started freaking out.”
Kaylan, who regularly babysat Veronica, showed tremendous courage in theater 9. “I felt like it was partly my job to protect her,” she says. “She was just a child.”
Veronica was the youngest victim to die. Her mother was shot in the neck and abdomen, but lived.
“I thought I was going to die,” Kaylan says. “It’s the scariest feeling to think that you’re going to die.”
Her pastor Michael Walker calls her a girl with a servant’s heart. “She’s the type of kid that would come in a room and say what can I do to help,” Walker says.
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