College Station Resident Helps Colorado Shooting Victim

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

A Texas A&M student is helping attract thousands of people across the nation to help support his best friend who is one of the victims from Friday's deadly theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

The 22 year old victim, Petra Anderson, is still in critical care at an Aurora hospital.

The money raised is not only for Petra, but it is also for her mother.

So far, more than $50,000 has been raised since this weekend.

Friday Petra was shot four times. One bullet went through her nose to the back of her skull.

"Right away, I knew there was something that I could do to help if I was here, and I just knew I needed to be here,” said Andrew Roblyer, a Texas A&M student who is also Petra's best friend who lives in College Station.

He's traveled to Aurora to be with Petra and her family.

Petra knows life is fragile, a lesson learned by her mother, Kim, who has started to fight her own battle.

"Kim was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple years ago which went into remission and is now back,” said Roblyer.

Traditional treatment gives Kim 6 months to live. Andrew decided to help set up a fund for both Petra and Kim to cover the expensive medical bill for both their treatments.

Thousands of people, including here in Aggieland, have responded.

"Quite a few people from College Station, including my friends at Texas A&M, have jumped on board and have been tweeting with us and posting stories about Petra as I give them out to their Facebook pages,” said Roblyer.

While that message is being spread all over the nation, in the ICU room Roblyer says Petra just knows there are a lot of people who know her, and who don't know her, that are pulling for her and love her very much.

The goal is to raise $250,000. The money will go towards Petra surgery, medical, and recovery costs. It will also go in part to her mother's cancer treatment and the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance which is a non-profit tasked by the Aurora Police Department to gather and distribute aid in response to the Aurora shooting.

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