UVALDE, Texas, USA ( Associated Press) — Nineteen kids were looking forward to a summer filled with Girl Scouts, soccer and video games. Two teachers said goodbye to a school year that they had started with joy and that had been very promising.
These are the 21 people who were killed on Tuesday when an 18-year-old armed youth barricaded himself in a 4th grade classroom. grade at Robb Elementary School in the town of Uvalde, in southwest Texas. Some families have wanted to share their stories with The Associated Press and other media outlets. Others asked for privacy. Here are their names.
Nevaeh Alyssa Bravo, age 10
Her aunt commented that Nevaeh’s name is “Heaven” spelled backwards. In a Facebook post, Yvonne White calls Nevaeh and her friend Jailah Silguero “our angels.”
Jacklyn Cazares, age 9
Javier Cazares said his daughter was someone who would “take her shirt off” to help someone. “She had a voice,” he said. “She didn’t like bullies, she didn’t like kids being bullied. In short, she was full of love. She had a big heart.” Annabelle Rodriguez, also a victim, was Jacklyn’s second cousin.
Makenna Lee Elrod, age 10
Makenna’s father asked Tuesday if he could go to the local funeral home to look for his daughter because he feared she “might not be alive,” KTRK television reported. Later her family asked for privacy.
Jose Manuel Flores Jr., 10 years old
Jose’s parents told CNN that the 10-year-old was helpful around the house and loved his younger siblings. “He was very good with babies,” said his mother. His father told the news network that Jose loved baseball and video games and “was always full of energy.” A photo taken of him at school on Tuesday shows him smiling and proudly holding a certificate showing he made the honor roll.
Elijah Garcia, 10 years old
Her relatives remember Eliahna’s love for the family. “She was very cheerful and very outgoing,” said her aunt, Siria Arizmendi, a fifth-grade teacher at Flores Elementary School in the same district. She “she loved to dance and play sports. She liked family life a lot, she liked being with the family”.
Irma Garcia, 48 years old
Irma Garcia was about to finish her 23rd year teaching at Robb Elementary School. In a letter posted on the school’s website at the start of the school year, Garcia told her students that she had been married for nearly a quarter of a century and that she and her husband, Joe, had four children: a Marine , a college student, a high school student and a seventh grader. She told her students that she loved barbecues, listening to music, and taking walks in the country with her husband. On Thursday, Joe Garcia died of a heart attack, according to a nephew.
Uziyah Garcia, 8 years old
Uziyah’s grandfather said he was “the sweetest boy I have ever met.” Manny Renfro said he last saw Uziyah when the boy went to his house for spring break. “We started passing each other passes with the football and I taught him passing patterns. He was a very fast kid and he could catch the ball very well,” Renfro said. “There were certain plays that I would say and he would remember them, and he would do them exactly as we had practiced them.”
Amerie Jo Garza, age 10
Amerie loved to paint, draw, and work with clay. “She was very creative,” said her grandmother Dora Mendoza. “It was my baby. She whenever she saw flowers she drew them”. When she turned 10, she Amerie received her first cell phone. Her father, Angel Garza, recalls that her face “lighted up with the happiest expression.” According to Garza, a friend of Amerie’s told him that she had tried to call the police on her phone before she was shot.
Xavier Lopez, 10 years old
Xavier had been looking forward to summer to go swimming. “He was a loving little boy, who enjoyed life without knowing that this tragedy would happen,” said his cousin, Liza Garza. “He was very lively, he loved to dance with his brothers, with his mother. This has affected us all.”
Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10 years old
Carmelo Quiroz’s grandson had begged to be allowed to go with his grandmother on Tuesday as she accompanied his great-granddaughter’s kindergarteners to the San Antonio Zoo. But, he said, the family explained to Jayce that there was no point in missing school with just a few days left in the school year. Also, Jayce liked school. “That’s why my wife is so hurt, because he wanted to go to San Antonio,” Quiroz told USA Today. “He was very sad that he couldn’t go. Maybe if he had gone, he would be here.” He died along with his cousin, Jailah Nicole Silguero.
Tess Mata, age 10
Faith Mata told The Washington Post that her sister liked TikTok dance videos, Ariana Grande, the Houston Astros, and having curly hair.
Miranda Mathis, 11 years old
The mother of a close friend indicated that Miranda was “very affectionate and very talkative.” Speaking to the Austin American-Statesman newspaper, she said that her daughter and Miranda’s had been in the same classes and that Miranda asked to have her hair done like her daughter.
Eva Mireles, 44 years old
In a message posted on the school’s website at the start of the school year, this 4th grade teacher. grade she indicated that she had taught for 17 years. Mireles liked to run and hike. She said that she and her husband, a school district police officer, had an adult daughter and three pets.
Alithia Ramirez, 10 years old.
Alithia Ramirez liked soccer and loved to draw. The Facebook page of her father, Ryan Ramirez, includes a photo, which has now gone around the world, of the girl wearing a multi-colored T-shirt announcing that she had ceased to have “single-digit” ages after turning 10 years old. On Wednesday that photo was posted again without any words, but with Alithia with angel wings.
Annabelle Rodriguez, age 10
Polly Flores told the New York Times that her great-niece Annabelle Rodriguez was an honor roll student and close to her second cousin Jacklyn Cazares.
Maite Rodriguez, 10 years old
After a difficult time with classes via Zoom during the pandemic, Maite Rodriguez made the honor roll for earning high A’s and B’s this year and was recognized at an assembly Tuesday, her mother Ana Rodriguez said. Maite particularly liked physical education, and after she died, her teacher texted Ana Rodriguez to tell her that she was very competitive at kickball and that she ran faster than all the boys. . Her mother said that Maite was goal-oriented and “competitive, smart, bright, beautiful, happy.” Maite wanted to be a marine biologist, and after researching a program at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, she told her mother that she wanted to study there.
Alexandria “Lexi” Rubio, age 10
Lexi’s mother, Kimberly Rubio, posted on Facebook that her daughter had been honored for outstanding grades and received a good citizenship award at ceremonies held at the school shortly before the shooting. The 4th grade student grade was a softball and basketball player who wanted to be a lawyer. Lexi’s father, Felix Rubio, is a Uvalde County Sheriff’s deputy. The couple told CNN that he was among the police officers who responded to the scene of the massacre.
Layla Salazar, 11 years old
Layla’s father said he loved running and swimming, dancing to TikTok videos and playing games, including Minecraft and Roblox. He said the girl won all six sprints and hurdles in the last three days of the school’s annual field activities. He said that every morning as he drove her to school in her truck, he would put on Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and they would sing together.
Jailah Nicole Silguero, 10 years old
Jailah’s mother told Univision with tears in her eyes that her daughter didn’t want to go to school the day of the shooting, and she thought maybe she sensed something was going to happen. Jailah and her cousin, Jayce Luevanos, died in the classroom.
Elijah Cruz Torres, 10 years old
Adolfo Torres told The Associated Press that his granddaughter, Eliahana, was killed in the shooting. Television station KIII reported that Eliahana was to play the last softball game of the season that day. Team members knelt for a moment of silence in memory of Eliahana and the other victims.
Rojelio Torres, 10 years old
Rojelio Torres’ mother, Evadulia Orta, told ABC News that her son was a very intelligent and loving child. “I have lost a piece of my heart,” she assured.