Parents Still Searching for Children After Texas School Massacre

Shortly after Tuesday’s deadly shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, which left 19 students and two teachers dead, Laura Mejia shared a photo of her 10-year-old cousin Xavier Javier Lopez – wearing a yellow jersey at a local Burger King – to Facebook, asking for help locating her. boy. “Please help us,” she wrote. Less than an hour later, she updated her post, revealing that the 4th grader had died. “He has been found, high flying handsome angel,” she wrote. “Until we meet again.” According to San Antonio’s KSAT, Xavier’s mother was with her son at a school awards ceremony just hours before the shooting. That would be the last time she saw him alive.

Mejia’s post is just one of many shared by parents and family members Robb Elementary School students took to social media after the shooting, each detailing the same heartbreaking story: A child went missing, and no one – not the police, school officials or paramedics economics – give any helpful citations. As night fell over Uvalde, some parents were still unable to locate their children. Talk to ABC 13 Houston, Father Brandon Elrod said he searched for his 10-year-old daughter for hours. “She might not be alive,” he said, holding back tears. In a message to Rolling StoneRob Trevino shared that his niece is still among the missing. “Not much to say right now,” he wrote.

For many parents, hours of searching remain fruitless. “They sent us to the hospital, to the Administration Center, to the hospital, and here again,” said Father Federico Torres. told reporter KHOU 11 Anayeli Ruiz. “Nothing, in San Antonio – they wouldn’t tell us anything, just a photo and wait. We are just waiting for everything to settle down.” Authorities are said to have told family members that a DNA sample is needed to aid in identifying the victims, and a host of worried parents were seen filing applications on local administrative center to get gauze. Journalists present at the scene reported on the hearing parents’ anguished screams emanating from the building.

While some families continued to wait until evening, others received news that left them horrified. The family of eight-year-old Uziyah Garcia have expressed gratitude for the child, with grandfather Manny Renfro telling the Associated Press that Garcia was “the sweetest boy.” Uncle Mitch Renfro, who had posted a photo of Garcia on Facebook just hours earlier, mourned his nephew in a public post, saying the child “was killed by a madman.”

Lydia Salazar Torrez was working in San Antonio when she realized some of her nieces and nephews were attending Robb Elementary School. Eventually, she learned that Angela’s older sister’s son, Giovanni Gomez, was among the students who ran away from school by running across the street to a neighbor’s house. Another grandchild was the last boy whose heroic fourth-grade teacher Eva Mireles, 44, managed to help through the window before she was shot dead, Torrez said. One by one, her nieces and nephews are mentioned – until the family’s worst fears are realized. Jose Flores Jr., the 10-year-old son of Torrez’s niece, Alyssa Rodriguez, has died.

“Jose was the only one who didn’t make it,” said Torrez Rolling Stone. “It’s horrible. We can’t even believe this has happened. We can’t. It shouldn’t have happened. Jose is nothing but heaven. He is his mother’s first child. He’s always in a good mood, always greeting everyone. It’s a tragedy. It’s something the world will never forget.”

Earlier Tuesday, Angel Garza opened Facebook and posted a photo of herself and her daughter, Amerie Jo Garza. “I don’t ask for much or even post here at all,” he wrote. “It’s been 7 hours and I still haven’t heard from my love.” That evening, US sheriffs would tell Garza that his daughter, who had turned 10 just two weeks earlier, would not be coming home. “My little love is now flying high with the angels in the sky,” he told ABC News. “Please don’t belittle for a second. Embrace your family. Tell them you love them”.

Teacher Mireles’ death was confirmed by her family to the KSAT on Tuesday afternoon. Torrez said Mireles was a hero for helping her grandson get out of fourth grade. “He was the last boy she helped out the window. And then she got shot,” she said.

“It was all about hitting me. It’s crazy,” said Johnny Delgado, Mireles’ cousin Rolling Stone. “She is the most outgoing and generous person, always cheerful. She would do anything for all the kids she taught and all of my little cousins, nieces and nephews.” Delgado describes his cousin as a role model in the family. “If you can’t find her, she’s already at the track, running with her husband and daughter. They always fit, fit, fit. After work, they’ll go to the track, bike, or run a mile or two. They are like a fitness family. That’s how they stay together,” he said. “She’s a little older than me, but she’s always there for me if I need someone to talk to.”

Family members identified the second adult victim as 4th grade teacher Irma Garcia, who spent her entire 23-year career at Robb Elementary. Garcia and Mireles are co-teachers, according to the school’s website. “She sacrificed herself to protect the kids in her class,” said one Twitter user who identified himself as Garcia’s nephew. “She died a HERO. She has been loved by many and will be truly missed. ”

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/uvalde-texas-robb-elementary-school-shooting-victims-1358169/ Parents Still Searching for Children After Texas School Massacre

Sarah Ridley

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