'May die 2day': Girl's prophetic message; Texas town devastated
Ramie Grimmer, the 12-year-old girl shot by her mother at a Texas welfare office, has died, and she may have posted a prophetic Facebook message during the seven-hour standoff: "May die 2day."
"That's what it looks like at this particular point," said Laredo police public information officer Joe Baeza. He said that it needed to be "corroborated" but that there was a "computer there at the office that they were hunkered down in" where the girl may have posted the message.
It was just another sad detail in a story that has devastated the Laredo community.
"I had the duty to inform everybody last night that the little girl had passed," Baeza said, "and the news may have well been a spear in the heart of every person in this town."
Ten-year-old Timothy Grimmer "is still in critical condition, but he's still alive," the investigator said. The boy is at a San Antonio hospital. Baeza confirmed reports that the boy's father had joined the child in San Antonio.
Rachelle Grimmer, 38, went Monday to a Laredo welfare office and asked to speak to someone about her food stamps application, which had been rejected for lack of information. Grimmer was reportedly taken to a private room, where she pulled out a gun.
Grimmer threatened employees, authorities said, and held a supervisor hostage. She released the hostage, and authorities later found her in the building dead and her children critically wounded.
Baeza said that the investigation of the case is continuing, but he added that "it's more than a one-issue type of a case. This is more than a mother who just had a bad experience at the human resources office and she went postal, quote unquote. "
Baeza said the community has been deeply affected. "We're a very family-oriented community here in Laredo. ... Our relationships with one another are very tight."
Photo: Laredo, Texas, police surround the site of the shooting Monday in which one woman died. Her daughter has since died of her gunshot wounds. Credit: Ulysses S. Romero / Laredo Morning Times