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What we know about the victims of the Uvalde school shooting

 

Maite Rodriguez

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Maite Rodriguez

Maite’s mom, Ana Rodriguez, wrote on Facebook, “The passing of my beautiful daughter has rocked me to my core and I simply cannot wrap my head around what has happened.”

She shared small, heartbreaking particulars about her loss: “What I would like the world to know about Maite Yuleana Rodriguez is that her favorite color was green and she loved those lime green converse, so much so that she drew a heart on the right one. …  She was sweet, charismatic, loving, caring, loyal, free, ambitious, funny, silly, goal driven and best of all my very best friend! Her dream to become a marine biologist started in kindergarten and she had her heart set on Texas A&M university in Corpus Christi. She loved animals and and babies so much lol! She was just picking up the camera and starting to enjoy photography. She had a very fun clothing style. As I lay here on this empty bed and with tears running down my face at 3am I would like to say to my baby girl “it isn’t goodbye it is I’ll goodbye my candy lady” I LOVE YOU”

 

Makenna Elrod

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Makenna Elrod

Makenna’s aunt, Allison McCullough, described her as “beautiful, funny, smart, and amazing. She had the biggest heart and loved her family and friends so much. Her smile would light up a room.”

McCullough wrote on a verified GoFundMe web page, “Words cannot express the pain my sister and our family is going through. I know in the coming weeks my sister is going to be overcome with so much and any support is appreciated. Please pray for our family and remember Makenna. … We will carry her in our hearts and we know she is with our Lord and Savior.”

 

Eliahana Cruz Torres, 10

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Eliahna Torres

Pastor Jamie Cabralez of Jesus Christ Revealed Ministries instructed CBS News’ Tanya Rivero Thursday that Eliahana Cruz Torres, his grandniece, was a sufferer in the shooting. 

Cabralez stated the 10-year-old was “active” and “generous with her time.” He stated her grandfather is “distraught and hurting” over her loss. 

Eliahana’s aunt instructed CBS affiliate KHOU that the lady was excited to play in her final softball sport of the season.

“I talked to her last night and she was kind of nervous, saying that it was her last game and she didn’t want softball to end,” her aunt stated on the day of the shooting. “And she was excited because they were gonna, I guess, announce the ones that made it to all-stars. And she was also saying, like, ‘What if I make it? I’m gonna be so nervous.’ And I was like, ‘Girl, you got this. You’re gonna be good at it. You got this.’ So she was excited.”

 

Alithia Ramirez, 10

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Alithia Ramirez

Beto O’Rourke Twitter account


Alithia Ramirez had just lately celebrated her tenth birthday, her household instructed gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke. 

“Alithia was killed yesterday,” O’Rourke tweeted on Wednesday. “Her parents welcomed me into their home today. Balloons from Alithia’s 10th birthday were still up as was her amazing art. They want the world to know what a beautiful, talented, happy girl she was. They never want this to happen to another kid.” 

 

Jose Flores, 10

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Jose Flores

Christopher Salazar


Jose Flores was killed on Tuesday, his aunt, Lydia Salazar Torrez, instructed CBS News. His uncle, Christopher Salazar, wrote a touching Facebook tribute to the 10-year-old.

“I’m going to miss you baby Jose, i still can’t believe this happened my heart is broken just hearing them tell us your gone it hurts me I love you so much and I wish you were still here. I’m going to miss you soo much rest in paradise my beautiful angel”

In one other put up, Salazar wrote: “I love you and I miss you.”

 

Tess Marie Mata

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Tess Marie Mata

Faith Mata


Faith, Tess Marie Mata’s sister, instructed CBS News the youngster was amongst these killed in the shooting. She additionally shared a Facebook put up about her sister’s dying.

“My sweet baby sister, I would’ve never thought I would be typing something like this. I honestly have no words just sadness, confusion, and anger. I’m sad because we will never get to tag team on mom and dad again and tell each other how much we mean to each other, I’m confused because how can something like this happen to my sweet, caring, and beautiful sister, and I’m angry because a coward took you from us. Sissy I miss you so much, I just want to hold you and tell you how pretty you are, I want to take you outside and practice softball, I want to go on one last family vacation, I want to hear your contagious laugh, and I want you to hear me tell you how much I love you. Tessy mom, dad, and I won’t be the same without you but we are comforted knowing you are waiting for us up in heaven and have a spot for us. We have one sassy guardian angel that I know is going to protect our family. Till we meet again Tess Marie, love your Big Sister”

 

Irma Garcia, 48

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Irma Garcia

Robb Elementary School web site


Irma Garcia’s nephew, John Martinez, shared that she “did not make it” in a tweet on Tuesday.

“My tia did not make it, she sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom, i beg of you to keep my family including all of her family in y’all’s prayers , IRMA GARCIA IS HER NAME and she died a HERO. she was loved by many and will truly be missed.”

Garcia was a spouse and had 4 kids of her personal, based on a GoFundMe web page. She labored as a fourth grade instructor at Robb Elementary School and was “Sweet, kind, loving. Fun with the greatest personality.”

“She sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom. She was a hero,” the GoFundMe stated.

Two days later, her husband Joe died of an obvious coronary heart assault a short while after laying flowers at the memorial website.

“I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart,” Irma Garcia’s cousin Debra Austin wrote on a GoFundMe web page. “Losing the love of his life of more than 25 years was too much to bear.” 

 

Nevaeh Bravo, 10

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Nevaeh Bravo

Nevaeh Bravo’s uncle instructed CBS News the younger lady was killed. On Tuesday, a cousin posted on Facebook that their household was on the lookout for her in the wake of the shooting.

 

Miranda Mathis

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Miranda Mathis

The mom of an in depth buddy described Miranda as “very loving and very talkative.” She instructed the Austin American-Statesman that her daughter and Miranda had been in the identical courses and that Miranda would ask to have her hair carried out like her daughter’s.

 

Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10

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Jayce Carmelo Luevanos

A member of the family instructed CBS News Jayce Carmelo Luevanos was killed.

 

Jackie Cazares

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Jackie Cazares, 10.

Jacinto Cazares Facebook


Jacinto Cazares, Jackie Cazares’ father, stated his daughter died in the shooting.

“We’re devastated in ways, I hope no one ever goes thru,” he wrote in a Facebook put up.

“Taken out of arms and lives, in this freaking cowardly way, so young, so innocent,  full of life and love. It hurts us to our souls. We thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts, for you love, support  and prayers. My babygirl will always be with us and those she has touched. May your passing not be in vein, something will be done, I promised you. Be in piece with the rest of the angels, sweetheart. Daddy, Mom,Sister, Brother and the whole family are going to miss you forever. Baby girl we all love you with all our hearts. Rest in peace, my Babygirl.”

Jackie’s cousin and greatest buddy Annabell Rodriguez additionally died in the school shooting.

 

Jailah Nicole Silguero, 10

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Jailah Nicole Silguero, 10

Veronica Luevanos


A member of the family instructed CBS News that Jailah Nicole Silguero died in the shooting. She did not need to go to school Tuesday, believing one thing unhealthy would occur, her mother, Veronica Luevanos, instructed Univision, based on the AP. One of Silguero’s cousins was killed.

 

Alexandria “Lexi” Aniyah Rubio, 10

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Lexi Rubi’s grandmother confirmed to CBS News that she died in Tuesday’s shooting. In a Facebook put up, Kimberly Mata-Rubio remembered her daughter, saying her household had been along with her at the school simply hours earlier than she was killed.

“My beautiful, smart, Alexandria Aniyah Rubio was recognized today for All-A honor roll,” her put up learn. “She also received the good citizen award. We told her we loved her and would pick her up after school. We had no idea this was goodbye.”

 

Layla Salazar, 10

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Vincent and Layla

Vincent Salazar stated his 10-year-old daughter, Layla, was amongst these killed. 

Layla cherished to swim and dance to movies on TikTok, her father instructed the AP. An avid runner, she gained six races at the school’s subject day, and Salazar proudly posted a photograph of Layla displaying off two of her ribbons on Facebook.

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Layla Salazar

 

Eliahna “Ellie” Garcia, 9

Texas School Shooting Victims
Photo supplied by Siria Arizmendi exhibits her niece, Eliahna Garci­a, 10.

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Eliahna Garcia’s household discovered Tuesday the 10-year-old was amongst the victims, her aunt, Siria Arizmemdi, instructed the AP.

“She was very happy and very outgoing,” stated Arizmendi, a fifth-grade instructor at Flores Elementary School in the identical school district. “She loved to dance and play sports. She was big into family, enjoyed being with the family.”

 

Amerie Jo Garza, 10

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Amerie Jo Garza

Angel Garza Facebook


Angel Garza’s stepdaughter Amerie was simply two weeks previous her tenth birthday when he dropped her off at school for what turned out to be the final time. 

“She was the sweetest thing. She’s so creative. She just got an award for being the most creative,” Garza instructed CBS News. 

She was shot and killed in her fourth-grade classroom. 

Her dad and mom aren’t certain what to inform her 3-year-old brother Zayne. “Every morning he wakes up, he asks for his sister,” Garza stated. 

“I don’t know what to do, man. She didn’t deserve that. I just want to protect my little girl.”

Garza’s father, Alfred Garza III, wrote about her dying in a Facebook put up, saying, “My one and only baby. I’m going to miss you dearly Amerie. You did NOT deserve this, nor did the other children. I would do anything to have you back. Fly high my Amerie Jo and tell grandma we miss her. Visit me in my dreams anytime.”

 

Rogelio Torres, 10

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Rogelio Torres

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Rogelio Torres’ father Frederico confirmed to CBS affiliate KHOU on Wednesday that the 10-year-old was one of the kids killed in the shooting. 

 

Xavier Lopez, 10

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Xavier Lopez

Laura Mejia Facebook


Xavier Lopez had been trying ahead to a summer season of swimming, based on his cousin Lisa Garza, who confirmed his dying to the Associated Press. 

“He was just a loving 10-year-old little boy, just enjoying life, not knowing that this tragedy was going to happen today,” Garza, 54, stated. “He was very bubbly, loved to dance with his brothers, his mom. This has just taken a toll on all of us.”

 

Annabell Rodriguez, 10

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Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez

Annabell Rodriguez was a 3rd grader at Robb Elementary, her household instructed CBS affiliate KHOU. She was in the identical room as her cousin, Jackie Cazares, who was additionally killed. 

Their aunt, Letty Hernandez, wrote that the two ladies “were not only cousins, but best friends as well.”

 

Uziyah Garcia, 10

Texas School Shooting Victims
This March 2022 photograph supplied by Manny Renfro exhibits his grandson, Uziyah Garcia.

Manny Renfro / AP


Uziyah Garcia died on Tuesday, his household instructed CBS News. Nikki Cross, his aunt, stated in a Facebook put up on the day of the shooting that his household was on the lookout for him.

Garcia was described by his grandfather Manny Renfro as a sensible boy with a incredible reminiscence, based on the Associated Press

“The sweetest little boy that I’ve ever known,” Renfro stated. “I’m not just saying that because he was my grandkid.”

 

Eva Mireles, 44

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Eva Mireles

Lydia Martinez Delgado


Eva Mireles was a fourth grade instructor at Robb Elementary School and was one of the first victims recognized by household and police. She was described by those that knew her as a loving spouse and mom, the Associated Press studies. 

According to her instructor profile, she was an educator for 17 years and cherished operating and climbing. 

“She was adventurous,” relative Amber Ybarra instructed the AP, confirming her dying. “I would definitely say those wonderful things about her. She is definitely going to be very missed.”

In a press release to CBS News, her aunt referred to as it a “very sad day in the Uvalde community” and referred to as for “expanded gun rules.”

“let this be the last community affected by this and let’s lobby together for the gun laws,” Lydia Martinez Delgado stated.

An individual who recognized herself as Mireles’ daughter Adalynn wrote a heartfelt put up on Twitter, saying, “My heart will forever be broken.”

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