PUEBLO, Colo. — When a gunman opened fire in a Uvalde, Texas elementary school on May 24, news of the tragic event spread quickly across the country.

And it hit particularly close to one family in Pueblo.

The Ramirez Family is originally from Texas. They say some of their loved ones attend Robb Elementary., where 19 children and two teachers were gunned down. Ukiah Ramirez’s cousin, a second-grader at the school, survived.

“It’s hard enough for us as grown-ups to process,” Ukiah Ramirez said. “To me, it hit too close to home or too close to family. You never think that it’s going to hit that close.”

He says he’s still in shock over what happened, and has wept about his former hometown. He says his 8-year-old cousin, Devin, was inside Robb Elementary as the gunman opened fire.

“He was the one who alerted her to it, ‘Hey, teacher, there’s gunfire,’ and his teacher also mentioned that Devin helped control the other little children that were there that were hysterical. So he was able to help his teacher out,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez says he admires his little cousin’s courage and bravery during Uvalde’s worst day.

“In my opinion, he’s a little hero,” Ramirez added. “You know granted, later on, that evening, he did break down. But I just see little Devon as a hero, and I’m really proud of him.”

Ramirez’s brother, Rob, who is from Colorado Springs, traveled to Uvalde to volunteer his time. He’s also offering free haircuts to the community to show his support to the place he once called home.

“He actually had a photo with them and they had smiles on their faces which, you know, warmed my heart. It’s good to see smiles on their faces because Lord knows they’ve been through a lot,” Ramirez explained.

Now he wants people in Colorado to send some words of encouragement to the Uvalde community.

“I know that Colorado has a big heart, and I just encourage folks to at least, you know, send a card and let them know that there are in our thoughts and prayers,” Ramirez said.

If you would like to send a message, gift, or card for Uvalde you can email ukiahjw@icloud.com.