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Thursday, December 08, 2022

Name: 19 children, 2 teachers murdered at Uvalde School

UVALDE, Texas ( Associated Press) — Nineteen kids looked forward to a summer filled with Girl Scouts and soccer and video games. Two teachers were closing out a school year that they began with joy and had promised as such. 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 city of Uvalde. Some families are willing to share their stories with the Associated Press and other media. Others asked for privacy. Here are their names.

Neva Alyssa Bravo, 10

Her aunt notes that Neva’s maiden name is spelled Heaven. In a Facebook posting, Yvonne White described Neva and her friend Jelah Silguero as “our Angels”.

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Jacqueline Cazares, 9

Javier Cazares said that his daughter was the one who would “take the shirt off her back” to help someone. “He had a voice,” he said. “She didn’t like being bullied, she didn’t like being raised by kids. Overall, full of love. She’s big-hearted.” Annabel Rodriguez, also a victim, was Jacqueline’s second cousin.

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Makena Lee Elrod, 10

TV station KTRK reported that Makena’s father asked on Tuesday if he could go to the local funeral home to look for his daughter as he feared “she is not alive.” Her family later asked for privacy.

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Jose Manuel Flores Jr., 10

Jose’s parents told Nation World News that the 10-year-old was helpful in the house and loved his younger siblings. “He was great with the kids,” said his mother. His father told Nation World News that Jose loved baseball and video games and was “always full of energy.” In a photo taken at the school on Tuesday, he is seen smiling and proudly holding a certificate to show that he has made the list of honours.

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Elijah Garcia, 10

Elijah’s relatives remember the love for her 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 loved to dance and play sports. She was the eldest in the family, enjoying being with the family. ,

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Irma Garcia, 48

Irma Garcia was completing her 23rd year as a teacher at Robb Elementary School. In a letter posted to the school’s website at the start of the school year, Garcia told her students that she had been married for almost a quarter century and that she and her husband Joe had four children – a Marine, a college student. , high school student and seventh grade student. She told students that she liked to barbecue, listen to music, and travel the country with her husband. According to a nephew, Joe Garcia died of a heart attack on Thursday.

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Ujiah Garcia, 10

Uziyah’s grandfather called him “the cutest little boy I’ve ever known”. Manny Renfro said that the last time he saw Ujiah was when the boy came to his house on spring break. “We started throwing football together and I was teaching him the pass pattern. Such a quick little boy and he could catch the ball so well,” Renfro said. “There were some plays that I’d say he’ll remember and he’ll do just like we rehearsed.”

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Amery Joe Garza, 10

Ameri loved to paint, paint and work in clay. “She was very creative,” said her grandmother, Dora Mendoza. “She was my child. Whenever she saw flowers, she would pull them.” For her 10th birthday, Amerie was given her first cellphone. Her father, ngel Garza, recalled that his face “just lit up with the happiest expressions.” Garza said Ameri’s friend told her that Ameri had tried to call the police on his phone before he was shot.

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Javier Lopez, 10

Javier was eagerly looking forward to swimming in the summer. “He was just a loving… little boy, just enjoying life, not knowing this tragedy was going to happen,” said his cousin, Liza Garza. “He was very flirtatious, loved to dance with his brothers, his mother. It weighed heavily on all of us.”

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Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10

Carmelo Queiroz’s grandson asked permission to join his grandmother on Tuesday as she went to the San Antonio Zoo with her great-granddaughter’s kindergarten class. But, he said, the family told Jayce that there was no point in leaving school until the end of the year. Also, Jayce loved school. “That’s why my wife is in so much pain, because she wanted to go to San Antonio,” Queiroz told USA Today. “He was so sad he couldn’t go. Maybe if he had gone, he would have been here.” He died with his cousin, Jella Nicole Silguero.

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Tess Mata, 10

Faith Mata told The Washington Post that her sister loved TikTok dance videos, Ariana Grande, Houston Astros, and curls her hair.

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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 were in the same class and that Miranda would ask her daughter to do her hair.

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Eva Miracles, 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 running and hiking. She said she and her husband, a school district police officer, have an adult daughter and three pets.

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Alithea Ramirez, 10.

Alithia Ramirez loved football and she really loved to draw. Her father Ryan Ramirez’s Facebook page includes a photo, now shown around the world, of a little girl wearing a multicolored T-shirt announcing she is out of “single digits” after turning 10 Has been. The same picture was posted again on Wednesday without a word, but with Alithia wearing angel wings.

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Annabel Rodriguez, 10

Polly Flores told the New York Times that her niece Annabel Rodriguez was an honor roll student and was close to her second cousin, Jacqueline Cazares.

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Maite Rodriguez, 10

After a rough time with Zoom classes during the pandemic, Matt Rodriguez made the honor roll for straight Us and Bes this year and was recognized at an assembly on Tuesday, his mother, Anna Rodriguez, said. Might especially loved physical education, and after her death, her teacher texted Ana Rodriguez to say that she was highly competitive in kickball and ran faster than all the boys. Her mother described Maite as “focused, competitive, smart, bright, beautiful, happy”. Maite wanted to be a marine biologist and after researching a program at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi told her mother that she wanted to study there.

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Alexandria “Lexi” Rubio, 10

Lexi’s mother, Kimberly Rubio, posted on Facebook that her daughter was honored for earning all A grades and a good civilian award at ceremonies at the school shortly before the shooting. The fourth grader was a softball and basketball player who wanted to become a lawyer. Lexi’s father, Felix Rubio, is a deputy at the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office. The couple told Nation World News that he was among the law enforcement officers who responded to the shooting.

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Layla Salazar, 11

Laila’s father said that she enjoys running and swimming, dancing on TikTok videos and playing games with friends including Minecraft and Roblox. She said she won all six of her dashes and hurdles in the last three annual field days of the school. He said that every morning when he took her to school in his pickup, he would play “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses and they sang along.

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Jella Nicole Silguero, 10

Jella’s mother tearfully told Univision that her daughter didn’t want to go to school on the day of the shooting, and thought she might have sensed something was about to happen. Jelah and her cousin, Jesse Luvenos, died in the classroom.

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Elijah Cruz Torres, 10

Adolfo Torres told the Associated Press that his granddaughter, Elijah, was killed in the shooting. Television station KIII reported that Eliana was set to play the last softball game of her season that day. Team members observed a moment of silence to remember Eliana and the other victims.

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Rogelio Torres, 10

Rogelio Torres’ mother, Evadulia Orta, told ABC News that her son was a very smart and loving child. “I lost a piece of my heart,” she said.

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This story has been corrected to show Ujia Garcia was 10, not 8.

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