At least 19 children and two teachers were killed after gunmen opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uwald, west of San Antonio, the Texas Department of Homeland Security said.
The alleged gunman, identified by officials as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, a student at Uwalde High School, is dead, authorities said.
That’s what we still know about the victims.
Jacqueline Jaylen Cazares, 10
Jacinta Cazares, the father of 10-year-old victim of Jacqueline Jalen Cazares ’shooting, told ABC News that his“ little girl ”was“ full of life ”.
“She had the biggest heart. Jackie was the one who struggled to help anyone. It gives me some consolation that she would be a little cracker who would do something to help her classmates in this very scary scenario,” she said. he said.
Casares told ABC News he blamed the school and police for the massacre.
“There were at least 40 lawyers armed to the teeth, but nothing was done [until] was far away. The situation could end quickly if they had better tactical training, and we as a community have witnessed this first hand. I am the owner of the weapon and I do not blame the weapons used in this tragedy. I’m angry at how easy it is to buy it and you can be young to buy it, ”he said.
Jacqueline’s cousin, 10-year-old Anabel Rodriguez, was also killed in the massacre.
Relatives of 10-year-old Eliana Garcia learned late Tuesday that she was among those killed, her aunt said, Syria’s Arizmemdi said.
“She was very happy and very friendly,” Arizmendi, a fifth-grade teacher at Flores Elementary School in the same school district, said Wednesday. “She loved to dance and play sports. She was in the family, she loved being with the family.”
Uzziah Garcia, 8
At the Uwalde Community Center, Manny Renfrew learned that his grandson, 8-year-old Uzia Garcia, was among those killed, the Associated Press reported.
“The cutest boy I’ve ever known,” Renfrew said. “I say this not only because he was my grandson.”
Renfra said Uzziah last visited him in San Angelo during spring break.
“We started throwing football together and I taught him pass schemes. He is such a fast little boy and he could catch the ball so well, ”Renfra said. “There were certain plays that I would call that he remembers, and he will do it exactly the way we practiced.”
Amery Garza, 10
America’s father Joe Garza, Angel Garza, told ABC News that his daughter had just turned 10 two weeks ago – her birthday was May 10th. Garcia met with the U.S. Marshal on Tuesday night, who informed him that his daughter had been killed in a shooting at her. primary school.
“Thank you all for your prayers and help in finding my child,” Garza wrote in a statement to ABC News. “She’s been found. My little love is now soaring high with the angels upstairs. Please don’t take a second for granted. Hug your family. Tell them you love them. I love you, Amery Joe. Watch your little brother for me ”.
Xavier Lopez, 10
Fourth-grader Xavier Lopez was killed in a shooting at an elementary school on Tuesday, his family confirmed to ABC News.
According to his cousin, Xavier’s mom was at the awards ceremony an hour or two before the shooting, not knowing it would be the last time she would see him.
“When his parents had a barbecue, he was always the life of the party … He enjoyed dancing. He always loved doing things with his mom. Making face masks. Doing TikToks. He just did TikTok the other day with her,” ABC News reported. grandmother of child Amelia Sandoval.
Jace Carmela Luevanos, 10 years old
Zick Luevanas, a cousin of the victims of the shooting of Jace Carmela Luevanas and Jaila Nicole Silger, called the children “angels” who “always had a smile on their face.”
“I can’t believe it happened to our angels after our grandfather just died two weeks ago, so many losses in such a short time,” Silgera said.
Eva Mireles, 44 years old
The shooting killed fourth-grade elementary school teacher Eva Mireles, her aunt Lydia Martinez Delgado confirmed to ABC News. She has been a teacher in the school district for about 17 years, Delgado said.
“I am furious that these shootings continue. These children are innocent. Rifles should not be easily accessible to everyone,” Delgado said. “This is my hometown, a small community with less than 20,000 residents. I could never have imagined that this would happen especially to people close to me. “
“All we can do is pray hard for our country, the state, the schools and especially the families of all,” she said.
She is remembered as a loving mother and wife.
“She was adventurous. I would definitely say such wonderful things about her. I will definitely miss her,” said Amber Ibara, a 34-year-old relative from San Antonio.
At the beginning of the school year, Mireles posted a letter on the school’s website introducing herself to her new students.
“Welcome to 4th grade! We have a wonderful year ahead of us!” Mireles wrote, noting that she taught for 17 years, loved running and hiking, and had a “supportive, cheerful and loving family”. She mentioned that her husband was a school district, they had an adult daughter and three “furry friends”.
Anabel Rodriguez, 10 years old
Aunt Polly Flores has identified two of her nieces, Anabel Rodriguez, 10, and Jacqueline Jaylen Cazares, 10, as students killed in the Uwalde shootings.
They both attended fourth grade and one grade at Robb Elementary School, she said.
Jale Nicole Silger, 11 years old
Veronica Luevanos, whose 10-year-old daughter Jalia Nicole Silger was among the victims, told Univision in a tearful interview that her daughter did not want to go to school on Tuesday and that the girl seemed to feel something was going to happen.
Jalia’s cousin was also killed in the shooting.
Elijah Cruz Torres
Adolf Cruz spent more than 10 hours standing near Robb Elementary School to find answers about his granddaughter Elijah Cruz Torres.
Late Tuesday night, he learned she had been killed, Cruz told ABC News on Wednesday morning.
Rachel Torres, 10 years old
The mother of 10-year-old Rachel Torres confirmed to ABC News that her son was killed in the shooting. She said her boy was “a very smart and loving child”.
The Associated Press and ABC-owned TV channels contributed to this report.
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