Names, What We Know of Victims Identified
- At least 19 children and two adults were killed in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday.
- The victims identified so far include an eight-year-old boy and two fourth-grade teachers.
- As of Wednesday morning, authorities and families were still identifying the bodies of the deceased.
At least 19 children and two adults were killed in a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday.
America’s deadliest elementary school shooting since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.
The gunman, identified as an 18-year-old man, was shot dead by law-enforcement officers at the scene, the Associated Press reported. The police said two military-style rifles were used in the attack, per the outlet.
As of Wednesday morning, authorities were still working to identify the bodies of the deceased.
Here’s what we know of the victims so far, according to accounts from authorities and victims’ families.
Xavier Lopez, 10
Lopez, a fourth-grader, was the first student to be identified. His family confirmed his death, KSAT News reported.
—Dillon Collier (@dilloncollier) May 25, 2022
According to KSAT, Lopez’s mother had been with him at an awards ceremony just hours before the shooting and had no idea it would be the last time she saw him.
A GoFundMe page has been created for Lopez’s family.
“It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that we have to create this fundraiser for our cousin Felicia Martinez and Abel Lopez,” the fundraiser’s organizer wrote. “The Medina family is asking for your help at this time both monetarily, for funeral expenses, as well as prayers for her and her family at this time.”
“Her son was tragically taken along with so many other precious angels today in Uvalde, but we as family, know he is now with his Grandpa Benny in the Kingdom of Heaven,” the page read.
Eva Mireles, 4th-grade teacher
Mireles was shot and killed while trying to protect her students, her aunt, Lydia Martinez Delgado, told The New York Times.
—ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) May 25, 2022
A teacher of 17 years, Mireles was in her early 40s, an avid hiker, and was “very loved,” Delgado told the outlet.
Her teacher’s online bio says she was married to a Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District officer and had a college-graduate daughter.
One Twitter user who said Mireles taught their daughter shared what appears to be a photo of the teacher.
“She was a beautiful person and dedicated teacher. She believed in Gabby and went above & beyond to teach her as you can see below,” they wrote.
—Audrey (@audreymg0928) May 24, 2022
Uziyah Garcia, 8
Garcia was identified by his aunt, NBC Dallas-Forth Worth reported.
His grandfather, Manny Renfro, also said he was told that his grandson was killed.
“The sweetest little boy that I’ve ever known,” Renfro said, according to the AP. “I’m not just saying that because he was my grandkid.”
The AP reported that Garcia was eight years old.
Irma Garcia, 4th-grade teacher
Irma Garcia’s son, Christian Garcia, said she was killed, NBC News reported.
Christian said that a law-enforcement friend who was responding to the shooting saw her shielding students, NBC News reported.
She was Mireles’ co-teacher, the report said.
Her death was also reported by Sky News and Rolling Stone.
A man identifying her as his aunt said on Twitter that “she sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom.”
—john ❤️🔥 (@fuhknjo) May 25, 2022
Amerie Jo Garza, 9
Amerie Jo Garza’s father Angel Garza told ABC News and NBC News that his nine-year-old daughter was killed in the shooting.
“My little love is now flying high with the angels above,” he said. “Please don’t take a second for granted. Hug your family. Tell them you love them.”
Her grandmother told The Daily Beast that Garza was shot for trying to call 911 her grandmother.
“So the gunman went in and he told the children, ‘You’re going to die,'” the grandmother said.
“And she had her phone and she called 911. And instead of grabbing it and breaking it or taking it from her, he shot her.”
Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10
Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez was in the third grade, KHOU reported.
Her father told KHOU he had been trying to find news of her condition before he learned that she had died.
“They’re not letting us in at the hospital right now so we don’t know where to go,” he said.
Her family told KHOU that her cousin was also in the classroom and was killed, but he has not been identified.
Nevaeh Bravo’s family announced her death on Wednesday, Sky News and The New York Post reported.
Her cousin, Emily Grace Ayala, wrote on Facebook that Bravo was a fourth-grade student at the school. It is not clear what age she was.
“We love you Nevaeh very much princess!” Ayala wrote. “Please everyone continue to keep her parents and our family in your prayers.”
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