Victims of the Uvalde, Texas, elementary-school shooting include 19 children and 2 teachers who died trying to protect their students
Nineteen children and two adults were killed in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022.
The two adults were fourth-grade teachers who died trying to protect students, family members said.
Law-enforcement officers shot and killed the 18-year-old gunman at the scene.
At least 19 children and two adults were killed in a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022.
It was America's deadliest elementary-school shooting since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.
Police said law-enforcement officers shot and killed the 18-year-old gunman. But that was over an hour after police arrived at the scene. In the year since the shooting, parents have lambasted the Uvalde Police Department for not going into the school to stop the shooter sooner.
Here are the victims of the shooting, according to accounts from authorities and victims' families.
Xavier Lopez, 10
Xavier, a fourth-grader, was the first student to be identified. His family confirmed his death, KSAT News reported.
The KSAT report said Xavier's mother had been with him at an award ceremony at the school hours before the shooting. He had earned an honor-roll award, The Washington Post reported.
Xavier's mother, Felicia Martinez, told the Post her son "was so full of life" and "really couldn't wait to go to middle school." He had just a few days left of fourth grade.
A GoFundMe page created for Xavier's family raised more than $137,000 to help with funeral expenses.
"Her son was tragically taken along with so many other precious angels today in Uvalde, but we as family, know he is now with his Grandpa Benny in the Kingdom of Heaven," Felicia Martinez's cousin, the fundraiser's organizer, wrote.
Eva Mireles, 44, 4th-grade teacher
Mireles' aunt, Lydia Martinez Delgado, told The New York Times that Mireles was shot and killed while trying to protect her students.
Mireles, who was in her early 40s and had been a teacher for 17 years, was an avid hiker and was "very loved," Delgado told the outlet.
Her online bio says she was married to an officer in the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District and had a college-graduate daughter.
A Twitter user who said Mireles taught their daughter shared what appeared to be a photo of the teacher.
"She was a beautiful person & dedicated teacher," they wrote. "She believed in Gabby and went above & beyond to teach her as you can see below."
Audrey Garcia told the Post that her daughter Gabby, 23, was in Mireles' class when she was in third grade.
"My daughter has Down syndrome, and she was one of the first students at that time to be included in a regular classroom," Garcia told the Post. "Ms. Mireles always went above and beyond. She never saw Gabby as having less potential than any of the other students."
Mireles' daughter posted a tribute to her mom on Twitter calling her a "hero" and listing the things she will miss about her mother.
Uziyah Garcia, 10
Uziyah was identified by his aunt, NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth reported.
"He was the sweetest, the kindest child," another aunt of his, Leticia Garcia, said in an interview with The Washington Post. "Very polite. Loved Jesus. He loved, absolutely loved, his parents."
His grandfather, Manny Renfro, told the Associated Press that he'd been told his grandson was killed.
"The sweetest little boy that I've ever known," Renfro told the AP. "I'm not just saying that because he was my grandkid."
In an interview with the BBC, Renfro recalled his last time seeing his grandson, when they played a game of catch with a football.
"Such a fast little boy and he could catch a ball so good," Renfro told the BBC. "There were certain plays that I would call that he would remember and he would do it exactly like we practiced."
Irma Garcia, 48, 4th-grade teacher
Irma Garcia's son, Christian Garcia, said she was killed, NBC News reported.
Christian Garcia said a law-enforcement friend who was responding to the shooting said he saw Garcia shielding students, NBC reported.
A person on Twitter who described her as an aunt said she "sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom."
Two days after Garcia's death, her husband Joe Garcia died two days later of a "medical emergency," a relative said.
"I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart and losing the love of his life of more than 30 years was too much to bear," Garcia's cousin wrote on a GoFundMe page for the slain teacher that raised more than $2.8 million.
Amerie Jo Garza, 10
Amerie Jo's father, Angel Garza, told ABC News that his 10-year-old daughter was killed in the shooting.
"My little love is now flying high with the angels above," he told ABC News. "Please don't take a second for granted. Hug your family. Tell them you love them."
Her grandmother told The Daily Beast that Amerie Jo was shot for trying to call 911.
"So the gunman went in and he told the children, 'You're going to die,'" the grandmother said. "And she had her phone and she called 911. And instead of grabbing it and breaking it or taking it from her, he shot her."
She said Amerie Joe had been awarded an honor-roll certificate the morning of the shooting. A photo showed her smiling at the ceremony hours before she was killed.
Nevaeh Bravo, 10
Nevaeh's family announced her death, the New York Post reported.
Nevaeh's cousin Austin Ayala told The Washington Post that the family was holding onto hope that she had survived the rampage.
"We thought that she was missing, but lo and behold we heard late last night that she didn't make it," he said. "We were all devastated."
A cousin, Emily Grace Ayala, wrote on Facebook that Nevaeh was a fourth-grade student at the school.
"We love you Nevaeh very much princess!" Ayala wrote. "Please everyone continue to keep her parents and our family in your prayers."
Austin Ayala said she celebrated her 10th birthday this past January and described her as someone who "put a smile on everyone's faces."
"It just feels like a nightmare that we cannot wake up from," he said. "Her siblings have to wake up every day knowing that she's not there with them."
Jose Flores, 10
Jose's uncle Christopher Salazar confirmed his death to The Washington Post.
Salazar said Jose, a fourth-grader, "loved going to school."
"He was a very happy little boy. He loved both his parents … and loved to laugh and have fun," Salazar said. He added that Jose loved playing baseball.
Flores had made the honor roll and earned an award at the ceremony held at the school on Tuesday morning.
"He was very smart," Salazar told the Post. "He wasn't a kid who would look for trouble."
Lexi Rubio, 10
Lexi had just received an award for honor roll, her mother, Kimberly, posted on Facebook.
"She was kind, sweet, and appreciated life. She was going to be an all-star in softball and had a bright future whether it's sports or academic. Please let the world know we miss our baby," her parents told CNN.
Lexi aspired to be a lawyer when she grew up.
Her father, Felix, a Uvalde County Sheriff's deputy, was at the scene of the attack.
"All I can hope is that she's just not a number," he told CNN. "This is enough. No one else needs to go through this. We never needed to go through this, but we are."
Eliahna 'Ellie' García, 9
Ellie hoped to be a cheerleader and was already planning her quinceañera. She was one of the 19 children killed in the Texas elementary school shooting.
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Eliahna told her parents she wanted to be a cheerleader and that she loved basketball and making TikTok videos, her father, Steven Garcia, said on the "Today" show.
"Sweetest girl you've ever had the chance to meet, and I had the honor of calling her my daughter," Garcia said.
Ellie loved the colors pink and purple and was already planning her quinceañera and picking out dresses five years in advance, according to the Today Show.
"Who woulda known these would be the last photos we ever took together," her father, Steven, said in a Facebook post. "Dad misses you my Wellie Geeee."
Her great aunt, Siria Arizmendi, described the 9-year-old as a "spontaneous" girl who would break out into song and dance at family parties.
"She didn't really care who you were," Arizmendi told The Washington Post. "If you showed her you cared for her, she was very loving to you."
Cousins Jacklyn Cazares, 9, and Annabell Rodríguez, 10
"We are a very tight family," Polly Flores, Jackie's aunt and Annabelle's great-aunt, told The New York Times. "It's just devastating."
Flores described Annabell as an honor roll student. She said she was more reserved than Jackie.
Jackie was "outgoing; she always had to be the center of attention," Flores told The Times. Flores referred to her as "my little diva."
Makenna Lee Elrod, 10
Makenna was an animal lover and softball player who loved school and spending time with her family and friends, her aunt told KTRK.
"Makenna made friends everywhere she went," her aunt, Allison McCullough, told the local outlet. "She had brothers, sisters, and cousins who she loved to play with. Her smile would light up a room. Makenna loved to write notes to her family and leave them in hidden places to be found later. Makenna was a natural leader and loved school. Makenna loved going to the ranch with her dad to feed animals and ride on the ranger. She was full of life and will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her."
McCullough said that Makenna had "the biggest heart" in a GoFundMe that she organized to help pay for her funeral costs. The fundraiser raised more than $132,000 for Makenna's family.
"She was beautiful, funny, smart, and amazing," McCullough wrote.
Cousins Jayce Carmelo Luevanos and Jailah Nicole Silguero, both 10
Carmelo Quiroz, Jayce's grandfather, told USA Today that Jayce was popular and was always bringing tons of neighborhood kids over to his family's house.
Jayce made his grandparents a pot of coffee every morning and wrote notes for them like, "I love you, Grandpa," Quiroz told the outlet.
"He was our baby," Quiroz told USA Today.
Jailah's mother, Verónica Luevanos, told Univision that her daughter was always dancing, liked looking at TikToks, and loved the outdoors.
Luevanos told the outlet that Jailah normally loved going to school, but she asked not to go on the day of the shooting, which was uncharacteristic.
"I can't believe this happened to our angels, after our grandpa just passed away two weeks ago so much loss in so little time," Jayce and Jailah's cousin told KTRK.
Rojelio Torres, 10
"Our entire family waited almost 12 hours since the shooting to find out Rojelio Torres, my 10-year-old nephew, was killed in this tragedy," Rojelio's aunt, Precious Perez, told KSAT. "We are devastated and heartbroken. Rojer was a very intelligent, hard-working and helpful person. He will be missed and never forgotten."
Visitors left a large stuffed Yoda, a Batman-themed football, and many different stuffed animals, at a memorial for Rojelio in the Uvalde town square, The Texas Tribune reported.
On the memorial cross with Rojelio's name, one child wrote, "you were a good friend" with smiley faces for the two O's in "good," the outlet reported.
Eliahana 'Ellie' Torres, 10
Eliahana loved softball and excelled at the sport, putting herself in contention for the city's youth all-star team, according to The New York Times.
Two Little League softball teams in Uvalde played a game in honor of Eliahna after the shooting, KIII reported.
"Today was her last softball game. She made all-stars," coach Lisa Monjaras told the Little League players that day, according to KIII. "She's not going to make her game tonight, so guess what? We are going to play for her."
In a text to The Washington Post, Eliahana's cousin Rob Trevino said: "We're still in shock and trying to wrap our heads around this."
Tess Marie Mata, 10
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Tess had been collecting money for months in a jar so that she could pay for her family to go on vacation in Disney World, The Washington Post reported.
Tess's family said that she was a fan of the Houston Astros and loved the Nickelodeon television show "Victorious," The Texas Tribune reported.
Maelee Haynie, 16, and Mackenzie Haynie, 17, told the outlet that Tess was best friends with their younger sister and that they had a secret, elaborate handshake that ended with the two girls jumping into a chest bump.
"My precious angel you are loved so deeply. In my eyes you are not a victim but a survivor. I love you always and past forever baby sister, may your wings soar higher then you could ever dream. Till we meet again Tess Marie, love your big sissy," Tess's sister, Faith Mata, wrote on Twitter.
Alithia Ramirez, 10
Alithia's father, Ryan Ramirez, told KSAT-TV that she loved to draw and had submitted her artwork to Doodle for Google.
Fernanda Sedeno — whose son Nico Escalante was good friends with Alithia and was killed in a car accident around one year before her death — told CBS News that Alithia kept in touch with their family and tried to use art to make Nico's parents feel better.
Alithia drew Sedano pictures of Nico drawing in heaven while she was drawing on Earth, CBS News reported.
"I never imagined that this little girl would be mature enough to say, 'Hey, you know what, I want to keep in touch. I want to check in. I want to make [you a] painting and bring a smile to your face,'" Sedeno told CBS News. "That's what I loved about her, and that shows how pure and kind her heart was."
"Why… why hurt these little innocent kids. Finding out that my baby cousin gained her wings was just a heartbreaking moment. I hate seeing my family suffer. You will be missed Alithia Ramirez," Alithia's cousin posted on Twitter.
Maite Yuleana Rodriguez, 10
Maite's cousin confirmed her death on Facebook, and called her a "beautiful angel," BBC reported.
"She was her mommy's only girl. She was her mom's best friend. She was the light of her life!" Aiko Coronado wrote. "She was beyond smart. Her dream was to attend Texas A&M University to become a marine biologist."
Maite's favorite color was green and she was always wearing her lime green Converse tennis shoes that she had hand drawn a heart onto, the Texas Tribune reported.
Maite taught herself how to sew from YouTube videos and had just taken up photography, her mother told the Tribune. Ana Rodriguez described her daughter as sweet and driven and said she wanted to study at Texas A&M University to be a marine biologist.
Maranda Mathis, 11
"An update......my fiances friends daughter was confirmed killed. Maranda Mathis. Please send your prayers," a Twitter user wrote, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Maranda's family described her as a "sweet, smart, and shy tomboy who enjoyed being in nature and the outdoors" in her obituary, according to The Texas Tribune.
"Those who knew Maranda, knew her great imagination and often expressed her love for unicorns, especially if they were her favorite color purple," her family wrote in her obituary.
Leslie Ruiz, a friend of Miranda's mother, told The Washington Post that the 11-year-old was "fun" and "spunky."
"She had manners," Ruiz wrote. "She was a bright girl."
Layla Salazar, 10
Layla's father, Vincent Salazar, confirmed his daughter's death to the Associated Press.
"Yesterday we lost our heart our whole world," Salazar wrote in a Facebook post. "We Love you Baby girl."
In an interview with the AP, he said his 11-year-old daughter loved to swim and dance in TikTok videos, and that every time he would drive her to school, the pair would sing along to "Sweet Child O' Mine," by Guns N' Roses.
"She was just a whole lot of fun," he said.
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