Nineteen boys were looking forward to a summer filled with Girl Scouts, soccer, and video games. Two teachers were closing a school year that began with joy and that promised so much. They are the 21 people who were killed Tuesday when an 18-year-old gunman barricaded himself in a fourth-grade classroom at Robb Elementary School in the southwestern Texas town of Uvalde. Some families have been willing to share their stories with Associated Press and other media. Others asked for privacy.
Here are their names.
Nevaeh Alyssa Bravo, 10
Her aunt noticed that Nevaeh’s first name is sky spelled backwards. In a Facebook post, Yvonne White described Nevaeh and her friend Jailah Silguero as “Our Angels.”
Jacklyn Cazares, 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, full of love. She had a big heart.” Annabelle Rodríguez, also a victim, was Jacklyn’s second cousin, and they were very good friends, along with three other classmates at school.
Makenna Lee Elrod, 10
Makenna’s father asked Tuesday if he could go to the local funeral home to look for his daughter because he feared she “wasn’t alive,” television station KTRK reported. Later, her family asked for privacy.
Jose Manuel Flores Jr., 10
José Manuel’s parents told CNN that the 10-year-old boy helped around the house and loved his younger siblings. “He was very good with babies,” said his mother. His father told CNN that José loved baseball and video games and was “always full of energy.” A photo taken at the school on Tuesday shows him smiling and proudly holding up a certificate to show he made the honor roll.
Elijah Garcia, 10
Eliahna’s relatives remembered her love for the family. “She was very happy 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 the family a lot, she enjoyed being with the family.”
Irma Garcia, 48
Irma Garcia was finishing her 23rd year as a teacher 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 the students that she loved barbecuing, listening to music and going on country cruises with her husband. On Thursday, Joe Garcia died of a heart attack, according to a nephew.
Uziyah Garcia, 8
Uziyah’s grandfather called him “the sweetest boy I have ever met.” Manny Renfro said he last saw Uziyah when the boy came to his house for spring break. “We started throwing the ball together and I was teaching him passing patterns. Such a fast kid, and he could catch a ball so well,” Renfro said. “There were certain plays that I taught him and he played them exactly how we practiced them.”
Amerie Jo Garza, 10
Amerie loved to paint, draw, and work with clay. “She was very creative,” said her grandmother Dora Mendoza. “She was my baby. Every time she saw flowers, she would draw them.” For her tenth birthday, Amerie received her first cell phone. Her father, Ángel Garza, recalled that her face “simply lit up with the happiest expression.” Garza said Amerie’s friend told him that she had tried to call police from her phone before she was shot.
Xavier Lopez, 10
Xavier had been looking forward to a summer of swimming. “He was just a loving child, just enjoying life, not knowing this tragedy was going to happen,” said his cousin, Liza Garza. “He loved to dance with his brothers, his mother. This has just taken its toll on all of us.”
Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10
Carmelo Quiroz’s grandson had begged to be allowed to accompany his grandmother to his great-granddaughter’s kindergarten class at the San Antonio Zoo on Tuesday. But the family told Jayce there was no point in skipping school so close to the end of the year. Also, Jayce liked school. “That’s why it hurts my wife so much, because he wanted to go to San Antonio,” Quiroz told USAToday. “She was so sad that she couldn’t go. Maybe if she was gone she would be here.” She died with his cousin, Jailah Nicole Silguero.
Tess Mata, 10
Faith Mata told Washington Post that her sister loved TikTok dance videos, Ariana Grande, the Houston Astros, and having curly hair.
Miranda Mathis, 11
The mother of a close friend described Miranda as “very loving and very talkative.” She told the Austin American-Statesman that her daughter and Miranda had been in the same classes and that Miranda would ask to have her hair done like her daughter’s.
Eva Mireles, 44
In a post on the school’s website earlier in the year, the fourth-grade teacher said she had been teaching for 17 years. Mireles loved to run and walk. She said she and her husband, a school district police officer, had an adult daughter and three pets.
Alithia Ramirez, 10.
Alithia Ramirez loved soccer and she really loved drawing. The Facebook page of her father, Ryan Ramírez, includes a photo, now shown around the world, of the girl in the multicolored T-shirt announcing that she had run out of “single digits” after turning 10. years. The same photo was posted again on Wednesday without words, but with Alithia wearing angel wings.
Annabelle Rodriguez, 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
After a difficult time with Zoom classes during the pandemic, Maite Rodríguez made the A and B honor roll this year and was recognized at an assembly Tuesday, said her mother, Ana Rodríguez. Maite especially liked physical education and, after her death, her teacher texted Ana Rodríguez to tell her that she was very competitive in kickball and that she ran faster than all the kids. . Her mother described Maite as “focused, competitive, smart, bright, beautiful, happy.” Ella 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, 10
Lexi’s mother, Kimberly Rubio, posted on Facebook that her daughter was honored for earning all A’s and received a good citizen award at ceremonies at the school shortly before the shooting. The fourth grader was a softball and basketball player who wanted to be a lawyer. Lexi’s father, Felix Rubio, is a deputy with the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office. The couple told CNN that he was among the law enforcement officers who responded to the shooting.
Layla Salazar, 11
Layla’s father said he loved running and swimming, dancing to TikTok videos, and playing Minecraft and Roblox with friends. He said she won all six of her hurdle races in the school’s last three annual picnics. He said that every morning as he drove her to school in her truck, she would play Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and they would sing along.
Jailah Nicole Silguero, 10
Jailah’s mother tearfully told Univision 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
Adolfo Torres told the Associated Press that his granddaughter, Eliahana, was killed in the shooting. Television station KIII reported that Eliahana was set to play the last softball game of her season that day. Team members knelt for a moment of silence to remember Eliahana and the other victims.
Rojelio Torres, 10
Rojelio Torres’ mother, Evadulia Orta, told abcnews that her son was a very intelligent and loving child. “I lost a piece of my heart,” she said.
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