Heroes stay with mall shooting victim to the end: 'she did not die alone'
CLACKAMAS, Ore. - In the chaos of the shooting spree Tuesday at Clackamas Town Center, several people stayed with Cindy Ann Yuille, 54, who was shot and died at the scene.
Retired emergency room nurse Joan Smith of Milwaukie, Ore., was one of the people who worked to revive Yuille after shots rang out.
She said she wanted the family to know that Cindy was cared for until she passed away. "We had to stay with her," she said, even though it was unknown at the time where the shooter was or if they were safe.
Smith, two other nurses and an emergency room doctor all gathered to help Yuille. They tried to save her life, but to no avail. "She died with dignity, and she died with a lot of care and with the utmost help we could possibly give her, and she did not die alone," Smith said.
Along with Smith and the others, Tony Charro also tried to help Yuille. He ran to Cindy between abandoned shopping bags and empty strollers scattered near the food court.
His message to her family was the same as Smiths. "No, she didn't die alone," he said, near tears. "She didn't die alone. I tried. I tried."