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But Lopez was surprised at school on Thursday with a new saxophone.
"We have a little surprise for you today... and this is Mr. Meyer, from Meyer Music, and he has something for you," Lopez's band director, Julie Munro, said as she surprised him in class.
"I heard that you are now needing a saxophone, so I brought you a saxophone today so now you can keep playing your saxophone in band," said Meyer, with Meyer Music.
Lopez usually rides the bus home from school, but it gets home late, so he decided to walk last Friday. He said he was halfway home when a man approached him.
"I just thought to myself, I guess I could walk, I already checked on my phone, it would take 52 minutes, and that`s less than the bus," Lopez said. "He said, 'hey yo, let me see that phone.' Then he pulled out the gun and pointed at my chest."
The robber took his saxophone, computer, and phone. Gerardo went across the street to a restaurant to call 911; his mom came to get him.
"I was relieved I was alive, but I was really worried," Lopez said.
Band of Angels -- a partnership between Meyer Music and FOX 4-- collects donated musical instruments and cash to buy instruments and puts them in the hands of children who want to study music.