Here Are the Victims in the Uvalde Shooting – Opinion

Fourth-graders were many of the Uvalde victims. In an attempt to save their students, two adult teachers were shot and killed.

Yesterday night’s first victim was Eva Mireles (44) The school was her home for seventeen years. She had been married for 17 years to a cop and they had one daughter.

“She was the sweetest person and she would take her cute dogs out on walks and she would say, ‘Hi,’ said one of her neighbors.

“Her husband is a police officer and they are just very nice people. It is shocking that something like this could happen. This is a quiet community.”

These are all the other victims that have been identified.

Irma Garcia, 46, was also killed. She was said to have shielded a student by law enforcement.

For 23 years she taught in the school. Her husband had four children and she loved barbecuing together.

Amerie Jo Garza (10) was recently named to The Honor Roll. Her 10th birthday was two weeks ago. According to her grandmother, the gunman entered the classroom and said the shooter was going to kill them. Her grandmother says that Amerie had called 911 to aid her classmates, when the gunman shot her in front of her best friend.

Xavier Lopez (10 years old) had just been added to the Honor Roll. It was his mom who had attended the Honor Roll ceremony at the school earlier in the morning, unaware that it would be her last. She hugged him, telling him how proud she was of him and that her love for him. “He was funny, never serious and his smile… that smile I will never forget,” she said. “It would always cheer anyone up.”

Uziyah Garcia was “the sweetest little boy that I’ve ever known,” Manny Renfro, his grandfather said. “I’m not just saying that because he was my grandkid.”

“We started throwing the football together and I was teaching him pass patterns. Such a fast little boy and he could catch a ball so good,” Renfro said. “There were certain plays that I would call that he would remember and he would do it exactly like we practiced.”

Frederico Torres was one of the parents who wasn’t immediately getting answers to what had happened to his child, one whose child was termed “missing.”

Rogelio Toros, 10, was unfortunately among those children who were killed. His aunt described him as a “very intelligent, hard-working and helpful person. He will be missed and never forgotten.”

Her cousin, Nevaeh Bravo, recalled her and said she was with the angels.

Makenna Elrod (10 years old) was another victim of the shooting. Her parents searched desperately for her.

“It’s pretty sad what this world’s coming to,” he told TV station KTRK.

Pilar Newberry’s daughter attended tumbling classes with Makenna. She said: “Sweet Makenna Rest in Paradise!! It breaks my heart that Chloe, my daughter loved Chloe so deeply!!”

“I’ll never forget how excited she was to meet a new friend from a different school! She got her a friendship bracelet at the ballpark a few weeks back, and wears it everyday! When she wakes up tomorrow she’s going to be devastated. We are praying for her family!!”

Eliahana “Elijah” Cruz Torres, 10, didn’t want to go to school on Tuesday, according to her great-grandfather Adolfo Cruz.

Through the night, he waited to hear from her. He was hopeful that she would be alive. She was not among the living.

Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez (10) was shot along with her aunt. Annabell’s father had been searching for her, saying they didn’t know where to go.

Jackie Cazares, 10, was Annabell’s cousin.

The parents of Ellie Lugo, 10, expressed their love for her, “Mom and Dad love you never forget that and please try and stay by our side.”

Another pair of cousins were also killed — Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10, and Jailah Silguero.

Alithia Ramirez (10 years old) wanted to be an artist. Her father told her that she loved drawing and had entered a drawing for Doodle for Google.

Tess Mata 10 was remembered by her sister, Faith, “My precious angel you are loved so deeply. You are not a victim to me, but you are a survivor in my eyes. My sister in law, I will always love and cherish you. May you fly high above all you ever imagined. Till we meet again Tess Marie, love your big sissy.”

Alexandria Rubio, 10, was remembered by her mother Kimberly Mata-Rubio, “My beautiful, smart, Alexandria Aniyah Rubio was recognized today for All-A honor roll. Also, she was awarded the Good Citizen Award. We said we loved her, and promised to pick her up at school. We had no idea this was goodbye.”

Jose Flores, 10 was a “very happy little boy,” his cousin, Christopher Salazar, said. “He loved both his parents … and loved to laugh and have fun. … He was very smart. … He wasn’t a kid who would look for trouble.”

Miranda Mathis (10 years old) was shot and killed, but her brother, who was at the school as well, was able to survive.

Maite Rodriguez (10 years old) was named to the Honor Roll.

At least 17 other people including children and law enforcement were also injured in the attack and the woman — believed to be the shooter’s grandmother — was in critical condition at the hospital.

Residents of the region came in large numbers to offer blood donations for the victims.

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