UVALDE, Texas ( Associated Press) — She wrote notes to her family, hiding them so they could meet up later and sharing what she liked to feed the animals on the family farm. He preferred to sit in the back of the school bus so that he could talk with other children.
Family members were performing last rites for two 10-year-olds, Makena Elrod and Rogelio Torres, on Saturday. He was among 19 students killed in a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, along with two teachers.
Makena Lee Elrod
Her family asked in an obituary on the funeral home’s website that those attending the celebration of Makena’s life at the First Baptist Church wear purple in her honor. The family called him “a light to all who knew him”.
She was full of life and loved softball, gymnastics and singing and dancing, her family said. She was a member of the 4-H Club who also loved going to the family farm with her father.
The family said that her smile would light up a room. His family also remembered him as a natural leader who loved school.
The New York Daily News reported that Makena gave friendship bracelets to those closest to her.
“She was beautiful, funny, smart and amazing,” one aunt wrote on the GoFundMe page. “She had the biggest heart and was deeply loved by her family and friends.”
Rogelio Fernandez Torres
His school bus driver told the Associated Press that every morning when he got on the school bus, he asked to sit in the back, because that’s where “visiting” takes place. He was “like a bull,” witty and charismatic, she said. He loved hot taki.
The Wall Street Journal reported that he woke up at 5:30 a.m. to get ready for school. An aunt told KSAT-TV in San Antonio that Rogelio was intelligent and hardworking.
His family described him as outgoing and “always eager to help” in an obituary on the funeral home’s website. Rogelio loved being outside, and his hobbies included playing Pokémon and football and video games. “He always had a smile on his face.”
“He was a loving person,” another aunt told The New York Times. “He loved his siblings.”
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