The first victim named in the Robb Elementary School mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, is a fourth grade teacher.
Her name is Eva Mireles, according to ABC News. Heavy is committed to running a photo and bio of every victim as they are named. The death toll rose throughout the night to 19 children and two teachers. The gunman, identified by Texas Governor Greg Abbott as Salvador Ramos, 18, was shot and killed by law enforcement at the scene.
Then came the names of the children. All were in the same classroom, The Associated Press reported. Many of the students had been with their parents and family members earlier in the day for an end-of-the-year awards ceremony, where they received certificates for being honors students and other accomplishments. The last day of school was scheduled for Thursday, May 26.
The police response is causing controversy; the father of one murder victim said parents even considered rushing in themselves. You can read a detailed minute-by-minute timeline on the mass shooting, including 911 calls and police response, here.
Uziyah Garcia, 10, was named by family members to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. Xavier Lopez, also 10, was a fourth-grader and another of the deceased victims, according to a KSAT-TV anchor. Ellie Garcia, 10, was confirmed as a victim by her parents.
Another victim, fourth-grader Amerie Jo Garza, 10, described as a “teacher’s pet” by her grandmother, was shot and killed while trying to call 911, Daily Beast reported.
“My Grand Daughter was shot and killed for trying to call 911, she died a Hero trying to get help for her and her fellow classmates,” Garza’s grandmother told the publication.
A family member named Irma Garcia as the other adult killed. She also was a fourth-grade teacher, who co-taught with Mireles. She was a former teacher of the year:
The motive is not clear, but the mass murder has provoked heated debate throughout the country about gun control and other issues.
A border patrol agent, who has not been named, is among the wounded. Officials said he shot and killed the suspect. The exact number of those injured is not yet clear.
The gunman also is believed to have shot his grandmother, Abbott said. The state senator said on CNN that the grandmother is clinging to life.
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Ellie Garcia, 10
The girl’s mother, Jennifer Lugo, wrote on Facebook, “My heart broken 💔 I don’t know what to do. I feel so numb. I miss you baby !!!!!💔😭😭😭.”
“Why why why… She loved church so much,” her father Steven Garcia wrote.
In a video Garcia shared of Ellie Garcia, 10, the girl said, “Hey guys…Jesus, he died for us. When we die, we will be up there for him. In my room, I have three pictures of him.”
She posted a frantic message earlier seeking information about her daughter’s whereabouts.
Eva Mireles was a fourth-grade teacher at the school. Her death was confirmed by her aunt Lydia Martinez Delgado to ABC News.
Her page on the school’s website reads:
Welcome to the 4th grade! We have a wonderful year ahead of us! First, let me share some information about myself:
I’ve been an educator for 17 years
I’ve been Co-teaching with Mrs. Garcia for 5 years
I have a supportive, fun, and loving family, which includes a UCISD officer (Ruiz), college graduate daughter (Adalynn), and 3 furry friends(Callie, Kane,& Koda)
I love running, hiking, and now you just might see me riding a bike!!
According to ABC, Mireles was a teacher for 17 years in the same school district. Her husband is a police officer who works with the schools.
“I’m furious that these shootings continue. these children are innocent. Rifles should not be easily available to all. This is my hometown, a small community of less than 20,000. I never imagined this would happen to especially loved ones … All we can do is pray hard for our country, state, schools, and especially the families of all,” Delgado said in a statement, according to ABC 7.
Uziyah Garcia, 10
NBC Dallas-Fort Worth confirmed the death of 10-year-old Uziyah Garcia through his family.
Manny Renfo, his grandfather, told Fox News, “The sweetest little boy that I’ve ever known,” Renfro said. “I’m not just saying that because he was my grandkid.”
They liked to toss a football around.
“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 to Fox. “There were certain plays that I would call that he would remember and he would do it exactly like we practiced.”
Xavier Lopez, 10
Xavier was named by KSAT-TV.
“My tia did not make it, she sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom,” wrote a man named John, sharing a photo of Garcia on Twitter.
“I beg of you to keep my family including all of her family in y’all’s prayers, IRMA GARCIA IS HER NAME and she died a HERO. She was loved by many and will truly be missed.”
On her school web page, Garcia wrote,
Hello Boys and Girls! Let me introduce myself.
I am Mrs. Garcia and I will be one of your 4th grade teachers this year. I am so excited to begin this new school year already! I want to share some fun facts about myself.
This will be the beginning of my 23rd year of teaching. All of which have been here at Robb Elementary.
I have been a Co-teacher for 5 years now with Ms. Mireles.
My husbands name is Joe Garcia. We have been married for 24 years and have 4 children.
I love to BBQ with my husband, listen to music, and take country cruises to Concan.
* I have my eldest Cristian son completing Marine boot camp and another son Jose attending Texas State university Univeristy. My eldest daughter Lyliana will be a sophomore in high school and my youngest Alysandra will be a 7th grader this year.
Amerie Jo Garza, 10
Amerie Jo Garza, 10, was one of the victims.
“My little love is now flying 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. Watch over your baby brother for me,” her father said, KSAT journalist Kolten Parker tweeted.
Navaeh Bravo, 10
Navaeh Bravo, 10, was identified as one of the victims, her family said. Her cousin, Emily Grace Ayala, wrote on Facebook, “Thank you everyone for the prayers, our Nevaeh has been found! She is flying with the angels above.🕊 We love you Nevaeh very much princess!💜 Please everyone continue to keep her parents and our family in your prayers.🙏”
Makenna Elrod, 10
Makenna Elrod was identified as one of the victims by her family. Her family wrote on a GoFundMe, “My name is Allison McCullough. I am Makenna’s aunt. Words cannot express the pain my sister and our family is going through. I know in the coming weeks my sister is going to be overcome with so much and any support is appreciated. Please pray for our family and remember Makenna. She was beautiful, funny, smart, and amazing. She had the biggest heart and loved her family and friends so much. Her smile would light up a room. We will carry her in our hearts and we know she is with our Lord and Savior.”
Eliahana ‘Elijah Cruz’ Torres, 10
A family friend wrote on Facebook, “Please join me in prayer … a dear friend is going through a very dark time. She lost this little angel in a horrible tragedy. My heart goes out to you Sandra Cruz and your loved ones as well to all the families who are going through their darkest hour as well. My prayers abd thought are with you and may God embrace you through this storm.”
Maite Yuleana Rodriguez, 10
Maite Yuleana Rodriguez was identified by her family as one of the Uvalde victims. A photo posted on social media shows her posing at an honor roll ceremony hours before the shooting.
Faith Mata wrote on Facebook,
My sweet baby sister, I would’ve never thought I would be typing something like this. I honestly have no words just sadness, confusion, and anger. I’m sad because we will never get to tag team on mom and dad again and tell each other how much we mean to each other, I’m confused because how can something like this happen to my sweet, caring, and beautiful sister, and I’m angry because a coward took you from us. Sissy I miss you so much, I just want to hold you and tell you how pretty you are, I want to take you outside and practice softball, I want to go on one last family vacation, I want to hear your contagious laugh, and I want you to hear me tell you how much I love you. Tessy mom, dad, and I won’t be the same without you but we are comforted knowing you are waiting for us up in heaven and have a spot for us. We have one sassy guardian angel that I know is going to protect our family. Till we meet again Tess Marie, love your Big Sister
Rogelio Torres, 10
Rogelio Torres was identified as one of the victims by his family. His father, Federico Torres, pleaded for help finding his son earlier in the day, telling KHOU he hadn’t been getting any answers.
Alithia Ramirez, 10
Alithia Ramirez was identified as one of the slain 4th grade students. Her father had sought help finding his daughter on the day of the shooting in a Facebook post.
Jose Flores, 10
Jose Flores was identified as one of the victims by his father, who wrote on Facebook, “I’m going to miss you baby Jose, i still can’t believe this happened my heart is broken just hearing them tell us your gone. It hurts me I love you so much and I wish you were still here. I’m going to miss you soo much rest in paradise my beautiful angel.”
Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10
Jayce Carmelo Luevanos was identified as one of the victims of the Uvalde shooting. His cousin, Jailah, was also killed, according to The Daily Beast.
Jailah Nicole Silguero, 11
Jailah Nicole Silguero was killed along with her cousin, Jayce, their family told The Daily Beast.
Miranda Mathis, 11
11-year-old Miranda Mathis’ family confirmed she was among the victims killed at Robb Elementary School. Deanna Miller wrote on Facebook, “My sweet baby cousin we loved u dearly I’m so sorry this happen to u baby please keep my family in your prayers.”
Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10
Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10, has been identified as one of the victims of the Uvalde shooting.
KSAT reporter Leigh Waldman tweeted, “This is Annabell Gaudalupe Rodriguez, she was just 10 years old. Her father and his fiancé told me yesterday she loved to go to school, she was incredibly smart.”
Alexandria “Lexi” Aniyah Rubio, 10
Kimberly Mata-Rubio wrote on Facebook, “My beautiful, smart, Alexandria Aniyah Rubio was recognized today for All-A honor roll. She also received the good citizen award. We told her we loved her and would pick her up after school. We had no idea this was goodbye.”
Rubio’s father, Felix Rubio, is an Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office deputy and responded to the school, he told reporters on May 25. He said, “This is enough. This is enough. No one else needs to go through this. We never needed to go through this.”