SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – It was a selfless leap to save her kids. Karin Dalton, 43, was killed in the Oroville Greyhound bus shooting, and died while protecting her kids. Her daughter wants to shed light on her brave mom and the children she saved so everyone knows what a hero she was.

“We always had that very close relationship. I would call her Mama-bear and she would call me love-bug,” the daughter said. “When I got the news it was pretty hard to handle. It was overwhelming,”

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“Mama-Bear” proved to be a fitting name for Karin, jumping in front of her two children to take the bullets and save their lives.

The daughter talked to the children, a 14-year-old boy and 11-year-old girl, who’s still in the hospital.

“She seems fine right now but she’s young. It’s going to take some time for it to hit her. She’s not going to see mom, she’s going to start to wonder,” said the daughter. “It’s hard to tell right now because I don’t think they’re grasping it or understanding how serious this is just yet.”

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The daughter said the 11-yaer-old had two bullets graze her in her ear and then got shot in the butt, but it came out.

Investigators say Karin covered them when the suspect — 21-year-old Asaahdi Coleman — opened fire on a Greyhound bus in Oroville that was bound for Los Angeles.

“That just shows, in her last moments, she literally covered her with her life.”

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Coleman is now accused of shooting five people. He refused to go to what was supposed to be his first court appearance Friday. The district attorney said he would not leave his cell.