Uvalde Mayor defends police who entered the school three minutes after the gunman

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Amerie Jo Garza, 10

Amerie Jo Garza (proper)

Amerie Jo Garza, a fourth grader at Robb Elementary, was considered one of 19 college students confirmed to be killed Tuesday morning by Ramos, who cops say was carrying a handgun and an AR-15 throughout the assault that additionally killed two academics in the classroom.

Her grandmother, Berlinda Irene Arreola, stated the 10-year-old was killed as she tried to telephone 911 whereas sitting subsequent to her greatest pal, who ended up ‘coated in her blood.’

Arreola stated Ramos informed the college students and staffers inside the room, ‘You’re going to die,’ earlier than opening hearth – capturing her granddaughter lifeless as she tried to telephone for assist.

‘So the gunman went in and he informed the youngsters, ‘You’re going to die,’ Berlinda informed The Daily Beast.

‘And [Amerie] had her telephone and he or she known as 911. And as an alternative of grabbing it and breaking it or taking it from her, he shot her. She was sitting proper subsequent to her greatest pal. Her greatest pal was coated in her blood.’ 

Uziyah Garcia

Uziyah Garcia

Uziyah Garcia, 8

Uziyah Garcia, the youngest sufferer at age eight, was additionally killed in the assault.

The kid’s household introduced he was killed hours after asserting he was amongst the many youngsters unaccounted for following the tragedy.

The boy’s grandfather, Manny Renfro, broke the news early Wednesday after being notified by authorities.

‘[He was] the sweetest little boy that I’ve ever identified,’ Renfro stated. ‘I’m not simply saying that as a result of he was my grandkid.’

Renfro recalled how Uziyah final visited him in San Angelo over spring break.

‘We began throwing the soccer collectively and I used to be educating him move patterns.

‘Such a quick little boy and he may catch a ball so good,’ the grieving grandad stated.

‘There have been sure performs that I might name that he would bear in mind and he would do it precisely like we practiced.’

Makenna Elrod, 10

Makenna Lee Elrod

Makenna Lee Elrod

Makenna Elrod, 10, had additionally been amongst the lacking in the chaos that adopted the bloodbath, along with her father, Brandon Elrod telling reporters at the time he feared ‘she is probably not alive.’

Her demise was ultimately confirmed by a household pal on Wednesday. ‘It’s fairly unhappy what this world’s coming to,’ the woman’s father informed native outlet KTRK after the capturing.

A mom of considered one of Makenna’s mates lamented the loss in a submit to Facebook. 

‘Sweet Makenna Rest in Paradise!! My coronary heart is shattered as my daughter Chloe beloved her a lot!!’ the mother wrote. A relative Wednesday confirmed that the woman had been amongst the victims.

Xavier Lopez, 10

Xavier Lopez

Xavier Lopez

Xavier Lopez, 10, was the first pupil sufferer to be recognized as considered one of Ramos’ victims.

The kid’s mom, Felicha Martinez, informed the Washington Post Tuesday that simply hours earlier than the bloodbath, the mother had been at the school to see her son take part an honor roll ceremony. 

She took an image displaying her son displaying off his certificates.

In the final change she had with the little one, the mother heartbreakingly informed the boy that she was happy with him and that she beloved him, giving him a hug goodbye – not figuring out it could be the final time she would see him alive.

‘He was humorous, by no means critical and his smile… that smile I’ll always remember,’ she recalled after studying of his demise from police. ‘It would all the time cheer anybody up.’

The boy’s cousin, Lisa Garza, 54, of Arlington, stated Xavier loved swimming and had been trying ahead to the summer time.

‘He was only a loving 10-year-old little boy, simply having fun with life, not figuring out that this tragedy was going to occur right this moment,’ she stated. 

‘He was very bubbly, beloved to bounce together with his brothers, his mother. This has simply taken a toll on all of us.’

Amelia Sandoval, Lopez’s grandmother, stated: ‘It’s simply so exhausting… you ship your children to school pondering they’re going to make it again house however they don’t seem to be.’

Eliahana Torres, 10

Eliahana Cruz Torres

Eliahana Cruz Torres

Eliahana Cruz Torres, 10, had additionally been lacking for hours till she was confirmed to be amongst the lifeless.

Adolfo Cruz, her great-grandfather, stated she did not need to attend school the day of the capturing – however was informed by her household that she needed to attend.

He stated he remained exterior the school gates all through the evening till he leanrned of her destiny from native authorities.

‘I hope she is alive,’ he stated at the time. 

Torres was an avid baseball participant and performed the sport in an area little league. 

Ellie Lugo, 10

Ellie Lugo

Ellie Lugo

Ellie Lugo was named as a sufferer of Tuesday’s assault by her mother and father, with Steven Garcia and Jennifer Lugo confirming her demise a number of hours after she was listed amongst the lacking. 

‘It’s exhausting to challenge out an announcement on something proper now my thoughts goes at 1000 miles per hour… however I do wanna ship our ideas and prayers to these who additionally did not make it house tonight!!! Our Ellie was a doll and was the happiest ever,’ Steven Lugo stated Wednesday.

‘Mom and Dad love you always remember that and please try to keep by our aspect.’  

Nevaeh Bravo, 10

Nevaeh Bravo

Nevaeh Bravo

Nevaeh Bravo was confirmed to be amongst the lifeless late Tuesday, after her cousin posted on social media following the capturing to ask for serving to the woman. 

Around 9 pm, she broke the news on Twitter.

‘Unfortunately my lovely Nevaeh was considered one of the many victims from todays tragedy,’ she wrote.

Sje stated the schoolchild was ‘flying excessive’ and requested for the household to be saved in individuals’s prayers  

‘Our Nevaeh has been discovered. She is flying with the angels above. We love you Navaeh very a lot princess.’

‘Thank you for the help and assist,’ she wrote. ‘Rest in peace my candy woman, you did not deserve this.’

Bravo’s age couldn’t instantly be confirmed.  

Tess Marie Mata

Tess Marie Mata

Tess Marie Mata was additionally amongst these to perish in the assault, her sister, Faith Mata, revealed in a submit to Facebook Wednesday.

‘I truthfully haven’t any phrases simply disappointment, confusion, and anger,’ she wrote.

‘I’m unhappy as a result of we’ll by no means get to tag workforce on mother and pop once more and inform one another how a lot we imply to one another, I’m confused as a result of how can one thing like this occur to my candy, caring, and delightful sister, and I’m indignant as a result of a coward took you from us.’

Photos shared with the submit confirmed Tess smiling in a child picture, snuggling with a cat, doing gymnastics, flashing a peace signal, and posing in entrance of a big coronary heart mural.

‘Sissy I miss you a lot, I simply need to maintain you and let you know how fairly you might be, I need to take you exterior and apply softball, I need to go on one final household trip, I need to hear your contagious chuckle, and I need you to listen to me let you know how a lot I really like you,’ she wrote.

Her age couldn’t instantly be confirmed.

Rojelio Torres, 10

Rojelio Torres

Rojelio Torres

Rojelio Torres, 10, was initially reported lacking by his father, however on Wednesday was confirmed lifeless by his household.

An individual who stated she was the boy’s cousin wrote on Twitter: ‘It breaks my coronary heart to say my rojelio is now with the angels I’ll eternally miss you and love you my angel.’

The kid’s father , Federico Torres, informed Houston reporters that he was at work when he realized about the capturing and instantly raced to the school.

‘They despatched us to the hospital, to the civic heart, to the hospital and right here once more, nothing, not even in San Antonio,’ he stated. ‘They do not inform us something, solely a photograph, wait, hope that the whole lot is nicely.’

Nearly half a day later, cops broke the news to the boy’s household.

‘Our complete household waited nearly 12 hours since the capturing to search out out Rojelio Torres, my 10-year-old nephew, was killed on this tragedy,’ Torres’ aunt, Precious Perez, informed KSAT. ‘We are devastated and heartbroken. Rojer was a really clever, hard-working and useful particular person. He shall be missed and by no means forgotten.’ 

Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10

Jayce Luevanos

Jayce Luevanos

Jayce Luevanos, 10, died in the capturing alongside together with his ten-year-old cousin, Jailah, the kid’s mom stated Wednesday.

In a Facebook submit, uncle Unberto Gonzalez shared images of each children whereas providing a touching tribute.

‘My infants going to overlook them like loopy!!!,’ Gonzalez wrote. ‘We luv y’all a lot!!! I’m simply misplaced proper now!!! Fly excessive my lovely Angels!!’

Jailah Nicole Silguero, 10

Jailah Nicole Silguero

Jailah Nicole Silguero

Ten-year-old Jailah Nicole Silguero was additionally killed in the capturing, her mom, Veronica Luevanos, tearfully revealed to Univision Wednesday.

She additionally misplaced her 10-year-old nephew Jayce to the tragedy.

She stated Jailah beloved to bounce and movie movies on TikTok.

The little one reportedly additionally requested her mother the morning of the capturing if she may keep house from school – a request the now mourning mother rebuffed. 

‘I took her to school, however she did not need to go. She informed her father, ‘Can I keep house?” Luevanos stated, noting that it was not a typical prevalence for her daughter to make such a request. ‘I believe she knew one thing would occur.’

Luevanos’ mother confirmed the loss on Facebook Wednesday.

‘Fly excessive my angels. We’re going to overlook yall a lot,’ wrote Veronica Luevanos – whose dad had died only a week earlier.

‘I’m so coronary heart damaged,’ she wrote with a photograph of her daughter and nephew. 

‘My child I really like u a lot … fly excessive child woman.’

Alithia Ramirez, 10

Alithia Ramirez

Alithia Ramirez

 Fourth grader Alithia Ramirez was confirmed lifeless early Wednesday by her father, Ryan Ramirez, who shared a submit to Facebook displaying the 10-year-old with angel’s wings. He had used the identical picture the earlier day as he pleaded for assist discovering her after the bloodbath

He had heartbreakingly used the identical picture the earlier day as he desperately pleaded for assist discovering her after the bloodbath.

‘Trying to search out my daughter Alithia. I known as all the hospitals and nothing,’ he wrote at the time.

He additionally reporters throughout his frantic search, ‘I’m looking for out the place my child’s at.’ 

Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10

Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez

Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez

Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10, was one other killed by Ramos Tuesday – alongside along with her cousin, who has but to be recognized.

Annabell’s father spent the afternoon after the capturing in frantic seek for his daughter. 

Speaking to KHOU11 Tuesday, he lamented at how he was at a loss as to what do, having little success with the search.

‘They’re not letting us in at the hospital proper now so we do not know the place to go.’

 She has since been declared to be amongst the lifeless.

Miranda Mathis, 11

Miranda Mathis

Miranda Mathis

Miranda Mathis, 11,  was additionally confirmed as one other casualty from the mass capturing early Wednesday, in a Facebook submit by an older cousin who earlier that day had posted a determined plea for assist in finding the little one.

‘My candy child cousin we beloved u dearly,’ Deanna Miller wrote alongside a photograph of the little one with angel wings.

‘I’m so sorry this occur to u child please maintain my household in your prayers,’ she grieved.

Miller’s children had additionally been at the school at the time of the capturing, however survived the assault.

One of her sons informed her that they have been ushered out of a window by staffers throughout the assault and subsequently ran to a close-by funeral house after ‘he heard the shooter say he was gonna kill all the children.’

Alexandria ‘Lexi’ Aniyah Rubio, 10

Alexandria Aniyah Rubio

Alexandria Aniyah Rubio

Alexandria Aniyah Rubio – who was higher identified to mates as ‘Lexi’ – was confirmed lifeless simply earlier than midnight on Tuesday.

The ten-year-old was shot lifeless simply hours after posing for a photograph along with her mother and father at the school’s honor roll ceremony.

Kimberly Mata-Rubio, the woman’s mom, wrote of the loss: ‘My lovely, sensible, Alexandria Aniyah Rubio was acknowledged right this moment for All-A honor roll. She additionally obtained the good citizen award. We informed her we beloved her and would choose her up after school. We had no concept this was goodbye.’ 

Maite Yuleana

Maite Yuleana

Maite Yuleana

Maite Yuleana was one other pupil to die in the assault that had attended the honor roll ceremony simply hours earlier than.

A cousin of the woman’s mom, Ana Rodriguez, introduced the loss Wednesday. 

‘It is with a heavy coronary heart I come on right here on behalf of my cousin Ana who misplaced her candy child woman in yesterday’s mindless capturing.  

‘We are deeply saddened by the lose [sic] of this candy sensible little woman…. God bless and should she R.I.P Maite Rodriguez we love you.’

Another relative shared a photograph of Maite along with her honor roll certificates.

Her age couldn’t instantly be confirmed.

Jose Flores Jr, 10

Jose Flores

Jose Flores

Jose Flores, 10, was additionally killed in the capturing after attending the honor roll ceremony, the place he was pictured triumphantly clutching a certificates celebrating the accomplishment.

Uncle Christopher Salazar confirmed to the Washington Post Wednesday that his 10-year-old nephew was amongst the lifeless, after sharing a tribute to the little one on Facebook.

‘I really like you and I miss you,’ Salazar wrote in the submit.  

The boy’s father described Jose to CNN as an incredible boy and large brother to his two youthful siblings.

‘He was all the time fill of power,’ Jose Flores Sr. stated. ‘Ready to play until the evening.’

He stated the boy beloved taking part in baseball and video video games.

Jackie Cazares

Jackie Cazares

Jackie Cazares, 10

Jackie Cazares, 10, was one other to be killed throughout the vicious assault at the elementary school.

Her father Jacinto confirmed she misplaced her life inside her fourth-grade classroom.

‘My child woman has been taken away from my household and I,’ the grieving father stated in a web based submit.

‘We’re devastated in methods I hope nobody ever goes via. … It hurts us to our souls.’

Cazares stated his daughter, who was along with her cousin, Annabell Rodriguez, when she died, was ‘vigorous and love’.

Layla Salazar, 10

The 10-year-old pupil was the final of the slaying victims to be recognized.

Vincent Salazar informed the Philadelphia Inquirer his younger daughter was amongst these killed.

He stated she was ‘a number of enjoyable’ and recalled how they sang alongside to ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ by Guns ‘n’ Roses every time he drove her to school.   

Layla Salazar

Layla Salazar

Irma Garcia, 46 – fourth grade instructor

Irma Garcia

Irma Garcia

Irma Garcia, who co-taught with Mireles for the final 5 12 months, had been at Robb Elementary for 23 years. 

Married to Joe for twenty-four years, she was a mom of 4 – Cristian, finishing Marine boot camp; Jose, attending Texas State college University; Lyliana, a sophomore in excessive school; and Alysandra, a seventh grader. 

‘My tia didn’t make it, she sacrificed herself defending the children in her classroom, i urge of you to maintain my household together with all of her household in y’all’s prayers , IRMA GARCIA IS HER NAME and he or she died a HERO,’ tweeted her nephew John. 

‘She was beloved by many and can really be missed.’

She was nominated as instructor of the 12 months for the 2018-19 awards, organized by Trinity University. 

Eva Mireles, 44 – fourth grade instructor

Eva Mireles

Eva Mireles

Eva Mireles, a fourth grade instructor, was recognized by her household as being considered one of the workers members shot lifeless. She had labored in education for 17 years. 

Her husband Ruben Ruiz, a veteran detective and SWAT workforce member at present serving as a police officer with the school district, held common lively shooter drills for the faculties – most not too long ago at the finish of March. 

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