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Fact Check-Social media posts misrepresent news reports referring to Uvalde victim’s stepfather and biological father

Claims that CNN and the Today show interviewed “different fathers” of Amerie Jo Garza, a 10-year-old victim of the Uvalde school shooting, are missing context. Garza is survived by her stepfather and her biological father.

A video making rounds online features segments of the outlets’ coverage, pointing to the discrepancy. Examples are viewable on Twitter ( here ) and Facebook ( here ) ( here ).

“Same girl victim, 2 different fathers on 2 different msm networks. HUGE HMMMM!!!! Something is very wrong with this”, one person wrote on Facebook ( here ).

“News media’s hit a new time low!,” another said ( here ).

Among other family members, Amerie Jo Garza, 10, is survived by her biological father, Alfred Garza III and her stepfather Angel Garza, according to an obituary posted on the website of Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home ( here!/Obituary ).

CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviewed Angel Garza on May 25 ( here ). The outlet identified him as Amerie’s “father” (see chryon around timestamp 00:30). In an online article, however, the outlet specified he was her “stepfather” ( here ) ( archived archive.ph/2Gcaj ).

Alfred Garza III was interviewed by Today’s Savannah Guthrie ( youtu.be/TIhUoeeV52o?t=166 ). Amerie Garza is identified as “his daughter” (see around timestamps 3:12 and 4:27).

A private funeral was held for Amerie Garza on May 31. She was among 19 students, aged 9 to 11, who were shot dead last Tuesday along with two teachers when an 18-year-old gunman burst into their fourth-grade classroom at Robb Elementary School and opened fire with an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle. ( here )

VERDICT

Missing context. Amerie Jo Garza, a 10-year-old victim of the Uvalde shooting, is survived by her stepfather Angel Garza and biological father Alfred Garza III.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here .

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