21 dead in Texas school massacre
Authorities and the families of the victims have released the names of the 19 students and two teachers killed in Tuesday’s shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
Nevaeh Alyssa Bravo, October 10 brought a smile to everyone’s face, her cousin, Austin Ayala, told The Washington Post, adding that her family was devastated.
Jacklyn Jaylen Cazares,ten, was full of love and full of life, her father Jacinto Cazares told reporters. “She would do anything for anyone. And to me, that’s a little firecracker, man.
Makenna Lee Elrod, 10 years old, loved playing softball, gymnastics and spending time with his family. “Her smile would light up a room,” said Allison McCullough, Makenna’s aunt. ABC News. McCullough described her niece as a natural leader who loved school and was “a light to all who knew her”.
Jose Flores Jr.., 10, was one of the victims, his father Jose Flores Sr. told CNN. Flores said her son was in fourth grade and loved baseball and video games. “He was always full of energy,” Flores said. “Ready to play until nightfall.” Flores also described his son as an amazing kid and big brother to his two siblings.
Eliana “Ellie” Garcia, 9, was among those killed, his family told KHOU. Rogelio Lugo and Nelda Lugo, Eliana’s grandparents, told the Los Angeles Times that she loved the movie “Encanto”, cheerleading and basketball, and dreamed of becoming a teacher.
Irma Garcia, a fourth-grade teacher, was identified as a victim and confirmed via a GoFundMe page. A wife and mother of four, she was “sweet, kind, loving. Fun with the greatest personality,” the page said, adding, “She sacrificed herself to protect the kids in her class. She was a hero. .” Her husband, Joe Garcia, died two days after the shooting, according to family members.
Ouziyah Garcia, 10, has been identified as one of the victims, his family confirmed to CNN. He was in fourth grade, his aunt Nikki Cross told CNN. His uncle, Mitch Renfro, described Uziyah as a “great boy. Lively. I loved anything with wheels and video games. He leaves behind two sisters.
Amerie Jo Garza, 10, was identified by her father as one of the children killed. Angel Garza posted on Facebook early Wednesday: “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. I love you Amerie Jo. little brother to me,” the father said.
Jayce Luevanos, 10, was identified as one of the victims by CNN through a GoFundMe website set up to raise funds for funeral expenses and family needs. Jayce’s grandfather, Carmelo Quiroz, says USA Today, the Jayce and his mother lived with him. He said the 10-year-old boy was happy and loved. “It was our baby,” Quiroz said.
Xavier Lopez, 10, has been identified as one of the victims, her mother Felicha Martinez confirmed to The Washington Post. “He was funny, never serious and his smile,” Martinez told the newspaper.
Tess Marie Mata, 10, was identified as one of the victims, her sister told the Washington Post. The fourth-grader loved TikTok, Ariana Grande and the Houston Astros dances, and was saving money so the whole family could go to Disney World, her sister said.
Maranda Mathis, 11, was identified as one of the victims, according to The Uvalde site. Leslie Ruiz, who identified as a friend of Mathis’ mother, told The Washington Post that Mathis was a bright, fun and brave girl. She said Maranda’s best friend was her brother and he was also at Robb Elementary when the shooting happened.
Eva Mireles, a fourth-grade teacher, was among those killed, her aunt, Lydia Martinez Delgado, told CNN. She had been an educator for 17 years and in her spare time enjoyed running, hiking, biking and spending time with her family, according to her profile on the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District website.
Alithia Ramirez, 10, was in fourth grade and loved to draw, his father, Ryan Ramirez, told a CNN affiliate KSAT. He said she wanted to be an artist.
Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez was 10 years old, family members told CNN affiliate KHOU-TV. Her family told the news station that she was in the same class as her cousin Jacklyn Jaylen Cazares, who was also killed in the shooting.
Maite Rodriguez, 10, dreamed of becoming a marine biologist and had her heart set on attending Texas A&M in Corpus Christi, her mother, Ana Rodriguez, posted on Facebook. Maite was “sweet, charismatic, loving, caring, loyal, free, ambitious, funny, silly, goal driven” and her best friend, she said. Ana Rodriguez wrote that her daughter loves animals and photography and taught herself to sew by watching videos on YouTube.
Lexi Rubio, 10, was identified by her parents as one of the victims. Felix and Kimberly Rubio celebrated their daughter by making the All-A Honor Roll and receiving a Good Citizen Award at Robb Elementary on Tuesday, shortly before filming. In a text message to CNN, Felix and Kimberly Rubio said, “She was kind, sweet and enjoyed life. She was going to be a softball star and had a bright future, whether in sports or in college. Please let the world know we miss our baby.
Layla Salazar, 11, was identified as one of the victims of Tuesday’s shooting. Layla was an active kid who enjoyed running, filming TikTok videos and dancing, her family told CNN. She also liked to bathe in the river with her two older brothers.
Jailah Nicole Silguero, 10 years old, loved to dance and make TikTok videos, his mother Veronica Luevanos said CNN network partner Univision. Jailah didn’t want to go to school on Tuesday morning and asked to stay home, but Luevanos says she told him no.
Eliahana “Elijah” Cruz Torres, 10, was identified as one of the victims, her aunt Leandra Vera told CNN. “Our baby has gained his wings,” Vera said.
Rojelio Torres10, was also killed in the shooting, his aunt Precious Perez said KSAT, a CNN affiliate. The family waited nearly 12 hours to find out if their nephew was one of the victims, Perez said. “We are devastated and heartbroken,” she said. “Rojer was a very smart, hardworking and helpful person. He will be missed and never forgotten.” In a Facebook post, Torres’ mother, Evadulia Orta, posted a photo of her son and wrote, “RIP to my son Rojelio Torres, we love you and miss you.”