Texas School Shooting Victims Won Prizes, Loved Football and Hike

They were rural Texas kids and teachers who loved hiking and barbecuing — and who won praise for their patience teaching children with special needs.

On Tuesday, they were victims of the second-worst school shooting in US history, following the deadly 2012 Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut.

At least 19 children and two adults were killed Tuesday at Robb Elementary in the small, predominantly Latino rural town of Uvalde, Texas, about 80 miles from San Antonio. All of those killed in the school were barricaded in a single classroom, a Texas law enforcement official said Wednesday.

Filming took place just two days before the end of the school year, when the end-of-year festivities had already begun. The school teaches students in the second, third and fourth grades, aged around 7 to 10 years old.

The shooter, an 18-year-old student at the local Uvalde high school, was described by people who knew him as obsessed with guns and a young man with a cruel and violent side.

Details of the names and lives of the victims began to slowly emerge overnight Tuesday as law enforcement officials briefed families.

Alexandria ‘Lexi’ Rubio, 10

Moments before filming began at 11:32 a.m. on Tuesday, Alexandria Rubio was photographed with her family holding her certificate of honor, which she earned with straight A’s. She was also rewarded with a “good citizen” award.

His mother, Kimberly Mata-Rubio, posted the photo on Facebook.

“We told her we loved her and would pick her up after school,” her mother, Kimberly Mata-Rubio, published on facebook. “We didn’t know it was goodbye.”

Tess Mata, 10 years old

Tess Mata’s older sister Faith has confirmed her death, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

Faith Mata tweeted: “My precious angel, you are so deeply loved. In my eyes, you are not a victim but a survivor.

Rojelio Torres, 10 years old

Rojelio Torres was a ‘very intelligent and loving child’, his mother said ABC News.

“We are devastated and heartbroken. [Rojelio] was a very smart, hardworking and helpful person. He will be missed and never forgotten,” his aunt told the network.

Maïté Rodriguez, 10 years old

Maite Rodriguez dreamed of being a marine biologist, her aunt shared it on Facebook Publish.

Rodriguez was her mother’s “best friend” and the “light of her life”, she said. “Her mother wants everyone to know that her little girl had a dream.”

Jailah Nicole Silguero, 11 years old

Jalilah Nicole Siguero went to Robb Elementary with her cousin Jayce Luevanos. They were classmates in fourth grade, taught by Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia, teachers who died in the shooting, Silguero’s mother shared on Facebook.

“We miss you so much mommy RIP my beautiful angel fly high baby can’t wait to see you again,” her mom said in her post.

Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10 years old

Jayce Luevanos went to Robb Elementary with his cousin Jalilah Nicole Siguero. Their grandfather had just died two weeks ago, Zeke Luevanos told ABC.

They were “angels” who “always had a smile on their face,” Zeke said. “I can’t believe this happened.”

Jackie Cazares, 10 years old

Jackie Cazares went to Robb Elementary with her cousin, Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez. The two had almost finished the school year when the massacre happened, ABC confirmed.

“My baby girl has been taken from my family and me,” Jacinto Cazares, the girl’s father, said in a Facebook post. “Take arms and lives, in that loose way, so young, so innocent, full of life and love.

Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10 years old

Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez was a third-grader who had just received her graduation certificate from Robb Elementary School before filming, local media confirmed.

The 10-year-old’s cousin, Jackie Cazares, was also killed in the attack, ABC confirmed.

Ellie Garcia, 10 years old

“Our Ellie was a doll and was the happiest ever…I was going to DJ for her at her party any way she wanted,” Ellie Garcia’s father, Steve Garcia, said in a Facebook post. .

The 10-year-old boy was a fourth-grade student at Robb Elementary.

She played basketball with the Tree City Youth Sports League run by the town of Uvalde, the Hillsboro Sports Association shared in a photo.

Elihana Torres, 10 years old

A fourth-grade student at Robb Elementary, Elihana Torres played on the local softball team.

Speaking to local media, her aunt said Elihana had mixed emotions about her final softball game of the season. “She was very excited about her softball game [yesterday]. She was a little nervous,” her aunt told KENS 5 San Antonio. “I talked to him [Monday] night and she was a little nervous, saying it was her last game and she didn’t want the softball to end.

Jose Manuel Flores Jr., 10 years old

José Manuel Flores Jr. was a fourth-grade student at Robb. He received his certificate of honor in front of his family just hours before the school shooting, his mother, Andrea Herrera, confirmed to VICE News.

“I had no idea taking you back to your teacher was going to be our last ‘see you later,'” Herrera wrote in a Facebook post. “I can’t believe my babyyyy is gone.”

Amerie Jo Garza, 10 years old

Amerie Jo Garza celebrated her 10th birthday two weeks ago, her father, Angel Garza, told ABC News.

On Wednesday, Angel posted photos of himself and his daughter on Facebook, writing, “My little love is now flying high with the angels above. Please don’t take a second for granted. Embrace your family. Tell them you love them. I love you Amerie jo. Watch over your little brother for me.

Xavier Lopez, 10 years old

Xavier Lopez was in CM1, his family told ABC News.

Xavier’s mother last saw her son at an awards ceremony about an hour or two before her son was killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary, her cousin told ABC.

Uziyah Garcia, 8 years old

Eight-year-old Uziyah Garcia’s grandfather Manny Renfro called him “the sweetest little boy I’ve ever known”. according to Sky News.

“I’m not saying that just because he was my grandson,” Renfro said.

Renfro described a kid who loved football and showed natural talent while visiting San Angelo during spring break.

“We started throwing football together and I was teaching him passing patterns. Such a fast little boy and he could catch a ball so well,” Renfro said.

Eva Mireles, 44 years old

Eva Mireles taught fourth grade, according to her profile on the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (UCISD) website.

She was a teacher for 17 years and loved spending time outdoors: running, hiking and biking, according to the site. Her aunt, Lydia Martinez Delgado, said Mireles was married, had one child, was “much loved” and was proud to teach many Latino students, Delgado told the New York Times.

“Welcome to 4th grade! Mireles wrote on the UCISD website. “We have a great year ahead of us!”

Audrey Garcia, the mother of one of Mireles’ former students, told the Washington Post she would never forget the care Mireles gave to her daughter, now 23.

“My daughter has Down syndrome, and she was one of the first students at the time to be included in a regular class,” Garcia told the To post.

Irma Garcia, 46 years old

Irma Garcia has co-taught with Mireles for five years, and 2022 marked the start of her 23rd year as a teacher.

It was a year younger than she had been married to her husband, Joe. The couple had four children, she wrote on the UCISD websiteand they enjoyed sharing a barbecue, listening to music and taking trips to the nearby rural community of Concan.

This story is growing and will be updated.