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Texas shooting victims: 'The sweetest little boy I've ever known' Texas shooting victims: 'The sweetest little boy I've ever known'
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Teacher Irma Garcia was seen sheltering children as the gunman opened fireTeacher Irma Garcia was seen sheltering children as the gunman opened fire
Nineteen children and two teachers have been killed in a shooting at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.Nineteen children and two teachers have been killed in a shooting at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
The children who died were aged between seven and 10. Some of them had just received awards for great school work.The children who died were aged between seven and 10. Some of them had just received awards for great school work.
One victim was a 10-year-old boy who loved to dance. Another was a girl who died while trying to call the police.One victim was a 10-year-old boy who loved to dance. Another was a girl who died while trying to call the police.
It is the deadliest shooting at a US elementary school since 20 children and six adults died at Sandy Hook school a decade ago.It is the deadliest shooting at a US elementary school since 20 children and six adults died at Sandy Hook school a decade ago.
Two of the children who were killed were from the same family. There were two pairs of cousins among the children killed in the attack.
'The sweetest little boy that I've ever known''The sweetest little boy that I've ever known'
Some parents were at the school hours before the shooting, watching with pride as their children held up their honour roll certificates at an awards ceremony. Hours later, they were back there.Some parents were at the school hours before the shooting, watching with pride as their children held up their honour roll certificates at an awards ceremony. Hours later, they were back there.
Amerie Jo Garza was one of the first children to be confirmed dead. She had celebrated her 10th birthday just two weeks ago, and was shot while trying to call emergency services, her grandmother Berlinda Irene Arreola told The Daily Beast.Amerie Jo Garza was one of the first children to be confirmed dead. She had celebrated her 10th birthday just two weeks ago, and was shot while trying to call emergency services, her grandmother Berlinda Irene Arreola told The Daily Beast.
Amerie was "super-outgoing" and a "teacher's pet", she added.Amerie was "super-outgoing" and a "teacher's pet", she added.
A family member wrote on Facebook: "Please don't take a second for granted. Hug your family. Tell them you love them."A family member wrote on Facebook: "Please don't take a second for granted. Hug your family. Tell them you love them."
10-year-old Amerie Jo Garza holds up a school certificate naming her to the honor roll at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Hours later she would be killed at school. pic.twitter.com/qMO3JSKIFu10-year-old Amerie Jo Garza holds up a school certificate naming her to the honor roll at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Hours later she would be killed at school. pic.twitter.com/qMO3JSKIFu
Xavier Javier Lopez, aged 10, was remembered as a "sweet, playful" boy by his cousin, 54-year-old Lisa Garza.Xavier Javier Lopez, aged 10, was remembered as a "sweet, playful" boy by his cousin, 54-year-old Lisa Garza.
Speaking to the BBC, Ms Garza said she and her family were devastated when they learnt of his death.Speaking to the BBC, Ms Garza said she and her family were devastated when they learnt of his death.
She saw Xavier over Easter and said he seemed so happy to be enjoying the holidays with his family.She saw Xavier over Easter and said he seemed so happy to be enjoying the holidays with his family.
Xavier loved to dance, she said, and was an avid user of TikTok.Xavier loved to dance, she said, and was an avid user of TikTok.
Ms Garza added she had other cousins studying at the same school, some of whom were injured but survived. One of them was being treated at a hospital in San Antonio, she said.Ms Garza added she had other cousins studying at the same school, some of whom were injured but survived. One of them was being treated at a hospital in San Antonio, she said.
REST IN PEACE, XAVIER LOPEZ.We're learning more about the victims of the Uvalde school shooting, and 10-year-old Xavier's family shared this picture of him. His mother attended his awards ceremony at school shortly before the shooting.Latest updates: https://t.co/VgPBEX9r0Q pic.twitter.com/Ch5VVA9BsPREST IN PEACE, XAVIER LOPEZ.We're learning more about the victims of the Uvalde school shooting, and 10-year-old Xavier's family shared this picture of him. His mother attended his awards ceremony at school shortly before the shooting.Latest updates: https://t.co/VgPBEX9r0Q pic.twitter.com/Ch5VVA9BsP
Uziyah Garcia, 8, was remembered by his grandfather, Manny Renfro, as the "sweetest little boy that I've ever known".Uziyah Garcia, 8, was remembered by his grandfather, Manny Renfro, as the "sweetest little boy that I've ever known".
Mr Renfro recalled the last time he had seen his grandson during the school holidays, saying that they had practised football passes together.Mr Renfro recalled the last time he had seen his grandson during the school holidays, saying that they had practised football passes together.
“The sweetest little boy that I’ve ever known,” Manny Renfro said about his grandson, 8-year-old Uziyah Garcia, who was among those killed in the Uvalde school shooting yesterday. Learn more about some of the families impacted: https://t.co/PJYTtdTyfP pic.twitter.com/9ZK7zxXICa“The sweetest little boy that I’ve ever known,” Manny Renfro said about his grandson, 8-year-old Uziyah Garcia, who was among those killed in the Uvalde school shooting yesterday. Learn more about some of the families impacted: https://t.co/PJYTtdTyfP pic.twitter.com/9ZK7zxXICa
"Such a fast little boy and he could catch a ball so good," Mr Renfro said. "There were certain plays that I would call that he would remember and he would do it exactly like we practised.""Such a fast little boy and he could catch a ball so good," Mr Renfro said. "There were certain plays that I would call that he would remember and he would do it exactly like we practised."
'The worst nightmare ever''The worst nightmare ever'
Eva Mireles, 44, was the first teacher to be confirmed killed. Trained in bilingual and special education, she had taught fourth-grade students in the Uvalde school district for 17 years.Eva Mireles, 44, was the first teacher to be confirmed killed. Trained in bilingual and special education, she had taught fourth-grade students in the Uvalde school district for 17 years.
In a short biography posted on the school district's website, she described her love of running and hiking. She also said she had "a supportive, fun, and loving family" - her husband, her college graduate daughter and "three furry friends".In a short biography posted on the school district's website, she described her love of running and hiking. She also said she had "a supportive, fun, and loving family" - her husband, her college graduate daughter and "three furry friends".
According to media reports, Ms Mireles' husband Ruben Ruiz, a police officer in the same school district, had held an active shooter drill at Uvalde High School just two months ago.According to media reports, Ms Mireles' husband Ruben Ruiz, a police officer in the same school district, had held an active shooter drill at Uvalde High School just two months ago.
In a post on Twitter, her daughter Adalynn Ruiz described her as the "half that makes me whole" and hailed her for having "selflessly jumped in front of her students to save their lives".In a post on Twitter, her daughter Adalynn Ruiz described her as the "half that makes me whole" and hailed her for having "selflessly jumped in front of her students to save their lives".
"I want everything back," she said. "My heart will forever be broken.""I want everything back," she said. "My heart will forever be broken."
Ms Mireles' aunt, Lydia Martinez Delgado, expressed her grief in a Facebook post, saying she was "furious that these shootings continue". Her cousin, Cristina Arizmendi Mirelez, said "it's unimaginable... the worst nightmare ever".Ms Mireles' aunt, Lydia Martinez Delgado, expressed her grief in a Facebook post, saying she was "furious that these shootings continue". Her cousin, Cristina Arizmendi Mirelez, said "it's unimaginable... the worst nightmare ever".
One grief-stricken parent paid tribute to Ms Mireles on Twitter.One grief-stricken parent paid tribute to Ms Mireles on Twitter.
My daughter’s beautiful teacher was the teacher who was killed in Uvalde, TX. Eva (Ms Mireles) taught Gabby in elementary school. She was a beautiful person & dedicated teacher. She believed in Gabby & went above & beyond to teach her as you can see below. There are no words. pic.twitter.com/qMlVoVEUrYMy daughter’s beautiful teacher was the teacher who was killed in Uvalde, TX. Eva (Ms Mireles) taught Gabby in elementary school. She was a beautiful person & dedicated teacher. She believed in Gabby & went above & beyond to teach her as you can see below. There are no words. pic.twitter.com/qMlVoVEUrY
The second teacher killed in the attack was Irma Garcia, 46, who taught at Robb Elementary for 23 years. She had been nominated as a teacher of the year by her school district in 2019. She and Ms Mireles had worked together for five years.The second teacher killed in the attack was Irma Garcia, 46, who taught at Robb Elementary for 23 years. She had been nominated as a teacher of the year by her school district in 2019. She and Ms Mireles had worked together for five years.
Married for 24 years, Mrs Garcia had four children and loved barbecuing with her husband and listening to music.Married for 24 years, Mrs Garcia had four children and loved barbecuing with her husband and listening to music.
Her son said a friend in law enforcement who was at the scene saw his mother shielding her students as the gunman opened fire, NBC reports.Her son said a friend in law enforcement who was at the scene saw his mother shielding her students as the gunman opened fire, NBC reports.
Another family member, her nephew John, wrote on social media: "My Tia [aunt] did not make it, she sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom".Another family member, her nephew John, wrote on social media: "My Tia [aunt] did not make it, she sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom".
"IRMA GARCIA IS HER NAME and she died a HERO. She was loved by many and will truly be missed.""IRMA GARCIA IS HER NAME and she died a HERO. She was loved by many and will truly be missed."
The identities of more victims were confirmed later:The identities of more victims were confirmed later:
Ellie Garcia's father said his daughter, who was 10 was "a doll and the happiest ever"Ellie Garcia's father said his daughter, who was 10 was "a doll and the happiest ever"
Jaliah Nicole Silguero's mother said in a Facebook post that she was heartbroken. "Fly high baby girl," Veronica Luevanos wrote Jailah Nicole Silguero's mother said in a Facebook post that she was heartbroken. "Fly high baby girl," Veronica Luevanos wrote
Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, who appears to be Jaliah's cousin based on photographs shared by the family, was named as a victim by his aunt. "Still can't believe that we're never gonna see you again," she wrote on Facebook Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, who was Jaliah's cousin, was named as a victim by his aunt. "Still can't believe that we're never gonna see you again," she wrote on Facebook
Fourth-grader Tess Marie Mata was named by her sister, who described her younger sibling as a "precious angel"Fourth-grader Tess Marie Mata was named by her sister, who described her younger sibling as a "precious angel"
Nevaeh Bravo's name was confirmed by her cousin, who said the schoolchild was "flying high" and asked for the family to be kept in people's prayersNevaeh Bravo's name was confirmed by her cousin, who said the schoolchild was "flying high" and asked for the family to be kept in people's prayers
Family members of Alexandria Aniyah "Lexi" Rubio have confirmed her death on social media. Her cousin described her as a "bright light in everyone's life"Family members of Alexandria Aniyah "Lexi" Rubio have confirmed her death on social media. Her cousin described her as a "bright light in everyone's life"
A relative of Makenna Lee Elrod posted that she was among the victims - after Makenna's father said his daughter was missingA relative of Makenna Lee Elrod posted that she was among the victims - after Makenna's father said his daughter was missing
A cousin of Maite Rodriguez has confirmed her death on Facebook, calling Maite a "beautiful angel"A cousin of Maite Rodriguez has confirmed her death on Facebook, calling Maite a "beautiful angel"
Third-grade student Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez was also killed, family members told KHOU, a CBS-affiliated TV stationThird-grade student Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez was also killed, family members told KHOU, a CBS-affiliated TV station
Annabell's cousin, Jackie Cazares, was also killed. Their aunt said her heart was shatteredAnnabell's cousin, Jackie Cazares, was also killed. Their aunt said her heart was shattered
Alithia Ramirez's father posted a picture of his late daughter with angel wings on FacebookAlithia Ramirez's father posted a picture of his late daughter with angel wings on Facebook
The uncle of Jose Flores, 10, told the Washington Post that Jose loved going to school and was a "very happy little boy"The uncle of Jose Flores, 10, told the Washington Post that Jose loved going to school and was a "very happy little boy"
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