Victims of the Texas School Shooting Remembered

In the hours since Tuesday’s deadly shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, some family members are beginning the unimaginable grieving process after learning their loved one has been taken from them. Others, meanwhile, are still trying to find their missing child and praying that their greatest fear will not become a reality any time soon.

At least 19 students and two teachers were killed Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, in what is currently the deadliest mass shooting at a school since the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012. Officials have not revealed a motive for the shooting, but have said the gunman who died at the scene was a resident of the community and acted alone.

While law enforcement officials have not released the full list of names of those killed in the tragedy, family members and loved ones have begun paying tribute to the lives lost in the unthinkable — and avoidable — tragedy.

Jose Flores Jr., 10 years

“Jose was the only one who didn’t make it out,” said Lydia Salazar Torrez, aunt of Jose Flores Jr. Rolling Stone. “It’s awful. We can’t even believe this happened. We can’t. It shouldn’t have happened. Jose was nothing but heaven. He’s his mother’s firstborn. He was in a good mood and greetings the whole time always everyone. It’s a tragedy. It’s something the whole world will never forget.”

Ellie Garcia, 10 years

Ellie Garcia’s father and mother, Steven Garcia and Jennifer Lugo, had shared social media messages Tuesday in a desperate search for their daughter. That evening, Garcia confirmed that her daughter had died. “It’s hard to comment on anything right now, my mind is spinning at 1000 miles an hour…but I want to send our thoughts and prayers to those who didn’t make it home tonight either!!! Our Ellie was a doll and was the happiest ever,” Garcia wrote on Facebook. He added: “Mom and Dad love you, you never forget that and please try to stay by our side Cupid!”

Irma García, 46 years old

Irma Garcia, a co-teacher in Eva Mireles’ 4th grade classroom, Irma Garcia’s death was confirmed by her son Christian, who was told by law enforcement that Garcia was seen protecting her students from the gunman, reported NBC News. According to her school district profile, she taught at Robb Elementary for 23 years. Her nephew Joey shared a photo of the two together on social media. “My Tia [aunt] didn’t make it, she sacrificed herself to protect the kids in her classroom,” Joey wrote, calling her a hero.

Uziyah Garcia, 8 years old

“The cutest little boy I’ve ever known,” said Uziyah Garcia’s grandfather, Manny Renfro The Associated Press. “I’m not just saying that because he was my grandson.”

Amerie Jo Garza, 10 years

Amerie Jo Garza is “funny, a joker, always smiling,” her father Angel told Dem New York Times. “She was very social. She spoke to everyone.”

Taking to social media, Angel added: “Thank you everyone for the prayers and for helping me find my baby. She was found. My little love is now flying high with the angels. Please don’t take a second for granted. Hug your family. Tell them you love them. i love you amerie jo Take care of your little brother for me.”

Xavier Javier Lopez, 10 years

Xavier Javier Lopez’s family confirmed his death at Robb Elementary, reports KSAT. Hours earlier, Lopez’s mother was with him at an awards ceremony before the shooting.

Eva Mireles, 44 years old

A fourth-grade teacher at Robb Elementary and 17-year-old preschool teacher, Eva Mireles — like her co-teacher Irma Garcia — was trying “to protect her students” from the gunman, a relative said New York Times. “She’s a hero,” Mirele’s cousin, Amber Ybarra, told the Today Show.

Mireles’ daughter Adalynn shared a heartfelt message with her mother on social media. “Mom, you are a hero. I keep telling myself this isn’t real. I just want to hear your voice,” she wrote, sharing her cherished memories with her mom and thanking her for everything. She added, “You are so well known to many now and I am so happy that people know your name and your beautiful face and what a hero looks like.”

“She was the most outgoing and generous person, always happy. She would do anything for all the kids she taught and all my little cousins, nieces and nephews,” said Johnny Delgado, Mireles’ cousin Rolling Stone. “She was a little older than me, but she was always there for me if I ever needed someone to talk to.”

Alithia Ramirez, 10 years

Alithia Ramirez loved to draw and hoped to be an artist, her father Ryan Ramirez told KSAT, adding that he is working to bring the family together. “That’s what my daughter would want from us, which is to be strong.”

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/texas-elementary-school-shooting-victims-remembered-1358322/ Victims of the Texas School Shooting Remembered

Sarah Ridley

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