What we know about the victims of the Uvalde school shooting: NPR
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Just days before the end of the school year and the start of summer vacation, teachers and students at Robb Elementary were attacked in their own school. They died in their classroom, unable to escape the shooter.
Two teachers and 19 students were killed at the elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, making it the second deadliest shooting in US history. At least four other people were injured.
Here’s what we know about the deceased victims:
Naveah Bravo, 10
Jackie Cazares, 10 years old
“My little girl was taken from my family and me”, her father, Jacinto Cazares, writes on facebook.
Describing his daughter as full of life and love, he added, “It hurts our souls.”
Makenna Elrod, 10 years old
Brandon Elrod spent hours looking for his daughter after the shooting, and when he couldn’t locate her at the meeting point or local hospitals, he wanted to get in touch with the nearest funeral home .
“I don’t know what this world is going to come to,” Elrod said in a brief interview with ABC News.
Jose Flores Jr., 10 years old
“He was always full of energy,” his father, Jose Flores Sr., told CNN. “Ready to play until nightfall.”
The fourth grader, who loved baseball and video games, had two siblings.
Eliahna “Ellie” Garcia, 10
After their search for Ellie ended with the news of her death, her parents, Jennifer Lugo and Steven Garcia, expressed their grief on Facebook. Lugo said his heart is broken.
“I love you baby girl,” she wrote late Tuesday night. “I will never stop thinking about you!!!”
“Our Ellie was a doll and was the happiest ever,” Garcia wrote. “I was going to DJ for her at her party like she wants me too!!! Mom and Dad love you, never forget that and please try to stay by our side Amor!!!! “
Irma Garcia, CM1 teacher, 48 years old
Garcia taught at Robb Elementary for over 20 years, spending her entire career at the school.
“I love barbecuing with my husband, listening to music and taking cruises in Concan,” she said, referring to the famous summer getaway area about 20 miles north of Uvalde , along the Frio river.
For the past five years, Garcia had been a co-teacher at Robb, working alongside Eva Mireles, the other teacher who died in the shooting.
She had four children – two daughters and two sons – according to her biography on the school website. Garcia and her husband, Joe, had been married for 24 years, she told the site. A family member said Joe had a fatal heart attack on Thursday, two days after his wife died, reports the Associated Press.
Uziyah Garcia, 8 years old
Manny Renfro said The Associated Press that her grandson was “the sweetest little boy I have ever known”.
He last came during spring break.
“We started throwing football together and I was teaching him passing patterns. Such a fast little boy and he could catch a ball so well,” Renfro said.
“There were certain parts that I would call that he would remember and he would do it just like we practiced.”
Amerie Jo Garza, 9 years old
“You didn’t deserve this my sweet little girl,” her mother, Kimberly Garcia, writes on facebook. “Mom loves you, mom can’t sleep without you.”
His father, Angel Garza, wrote“My little love now flies high with the angels above. Please don’t take a second for granted. Hug your family. Tell them you love them. Love you Amerie jo.”
Berlinda Irene Arreola said The daily beast that her granddaughter – who leaves behind a 3-year-old brother – was fatally injured trying to call 911.
“So the shooter came in and he said to the kids, ‘You’re going to die.’ And she had her phone and she called 911,” she said. “And instead of grabbing it and breaking it or taking it from her, he shot her. She was sitting right next to her best friend. Her best friend was covered in her blood.”
Jayce Carmelo Luevanos
Luevanos loved to make people laugh, his grandmother, Linda Gonzales, told the Daily Beast.
Her cousin, Jailah Silguero, was also killed in the shooting.
“They were so adorable,” Gonzales added. “They were sweet, adorable children. What can you say about innocent little children?”
Xavier Lopez, 10 years old
Lopez’s mother, Felicha Martinez, confirmed The Washington Post that his son was among those killed in Tuesday’s attack. (The family also created a verified GoFundMe for funeral expenses).
She said he loved dancing and sports, and his favorite school subject was art. He was a bright light to their family with a smile that could lift anyone’s spirits, she added.
Lopez received a certificate at her school’s honor roll ceremony hours before the shooting. Martinez said she told him she loved him and said goodbye in her arms, not imagining that would be the last time she would see him.
“He was really looking forward to college,” she said.
Tess Marie Mata, 10 years old
“I was hoping she got lost or was hiding somewhere in the school,” her older sister Faith said. Told The Washington Post. They didn’t find out the truth until late the night of the shooting. She said The post office that Tess had saved money for a family trip to Disney World next year.
Miranda Mathis, 11 years old
Eva Mireles, CM1 teacher, 44 years old
Mireles was recalled in a Facebook post by his daughter, Adalynn Ruiz, as “the half that makes me whole”.
“My best friend, my twin was taken from me,” Ruiz said. “Thank you for loving me in the best way and raising me to be so strong. Everyone who knows you knows how outgoing and funny you were and I will forever miss your laugh.”
In a biography on the Robb Elementary website, Mireles said she had a “supportive, fun and loving family” that included three “furry friends.” She said she loves running and hiking “and now you might see me riding my bike!!”
Mireles co-taught with Irma Garcia, who also died in the shooting.
Alithia Ramirez, 10 years old
Ramirez “loved to draw and wanted to be an artist, and even submitted a drawing to Doodle for Google”, his father told KSAT reporter Garrett Brnger.
Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10 years old
Rodriguez “was killed with her cousin Jackie Cazares”, according to the local television news KSAT Reportsadding that the two were classmates in their fourth grade class.
“We are deeply saddened by the [loss] of this nice, smart little girl,” said Felix Coronado, whose cousin Ana was Rodriguez’s mother. Coronado created a GoFundMe page to pay for funeral expenses and absences from work for Rodriguez’s mother.
Rodriguez’s cousin Destiny Esquivel said in a Facebook post said she wished she’d told Rodriguez she loved it here one more time, calling Rodriguez “my mini me and little best friend”.
Alexandria Aniyah Rubio, 10 years old
Rubio’s mother, Kimberly Mata-Rubio, said through facebook:
“My beautiful and intelligent Alexandria Aniyah Rubio was recognized today for the All-A Honor Roll. She also received the Good Citizen Award. We told her we love her and would pick her up after school. We didn’t know it was goodbye.”
Layla Salazar, 10 years old
His father, Vincent Salazar, told the Associated Press that Layla loved swimming and dancing to Tik Tok videos and that he won six races on his school’s field day.
He said that as he drove her to school each day, father and daughter would sing “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns ‘n’ Roses.
“She was just a lot of fun,” Salazar said.
Jailah Silguero, 10 years old
His mother, Veronica Luevanos, says Univision that Silguero didn’t want to go to school on Tuesday.
She was the cousin of another victim, Jayce Carmelo Luevanos.
Eliahana Cruz Torres
Cruz Torres was a “beautiful young girl with a lot of energy”, her grandfather says ABC’s Mireya Villarreal.
Rogelio Torres, 10 years old
“Roger was a very smart, hardworking and helpful person. He will be missed and never forgotten,” said Precious Perez, Rojelio’s aunt.
At least 17 people were injured in the attack
In addition to those who died, 17 people were also injured in the shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott said at a press conference Wednesday.
San Antonio University Hospital said wednesday that he was still caring for four victims, three children and an adult: a 66-year-old woman in serious condition, a 10-year-old girl in serious condition, a 10-year-old girl in good condition and a 9-year-old girl one year old in good condition.
“All pediatric patients have their families with them,” the hospital added.