Two boys and four girls have been identified as the first child victims of the Texas elementary school massacre that left at least 19 kids dead, as desperate relatives search for their missing loved ones.
Fourth grade student Xavier Lopez, 10, was killed Tuesday when an 18-year-old gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
The boy’s mother had attended his awards ceremony just hours before the shooting, unaware that would be the last time she saw her son alive, his cousin told KTRK.
A GoFundMe account has been established by a family member to help his parents raise money for the funeral. The family had already collected more than $24,000 by Tuesday night.
The family of Uziyah Garcia, 9, said he was killed in the shooting hours after announcing he was among the missing.
‘My nephew was a victim of a school shooting today,’ Garcia’s uncle Mitch Renfro wrote on Facebook, adding that he ‘was killed by a crazy man.’
The boy’s family told NBC 5 Garcia would have turned 10 this summer.
Makenna Lee Elrod, 10, was confirmed dead by a family friend late Tuesday night after her father, Brandon Elrod, revealed she had been missing since the shooting and said he feared ‘she may not be alive.’
Fourth grade student Xavier Lopez, 10, was killed Tuesday when an 18-year-old gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. His mother had attended his awards ceremony just hours before the shooting, unaware that would be the last time she saw him
Uziyah Garcia, 9, (left) and Makenna Elrod, 10, (right) were both confirmed dead by loved ones on Facebook
Brandon told KTRK he was ‘on the way to the funeral home’ because ‘we can’t find my daughter.’
‘It’s pretty sad what this world’s coming to,’ he told the TV station.
Pilar Newberry, whose daughter was in a tumbling class with Elrod, confirmed her death on Facebook hours later, saying: ‘Sweet Makenna Rest in Paradise!! My heart is shattered as my daughter Chloe loved her so much!!
‘I’ll never forget how excited she was to meet a new friend from a different school! Just a few weeks ago she got a friendship bracelet from her at the ballpark and she wears it everyday! When she wakes up tomorrow she’s going to be devastated. Praying so hard for her sweet family!!!!’
Amerie Jo Garza was also confirmed dead by U.S. Marshals Tuesday night, according to ABC News. She had just celebrated her 10th birthday on May 10.
‘My little love is now flying high with the angels above,’ her father Angel Garza wrote on Facebook. ‘Please don’t take a second for granted. Hug your family. Tell them you love them. I love you Amerie Jo.’
Steven Garcia and Jennifer Lugo confirmed their daughter, Ellie, was killed in Tuesday’s massacre after she had been missing for several hours.
‘It’s hard to issue out a statement on anything right now my mind is going at 1000 miles per hour… but I do wanna send our thoughts and prayers to those who also didn’t make it home tonight!!! Our Ellie was a doll and was the happiest ever,’ Steven wrote on Facebook. ‘Mom and Dad love you never forget that and please try and stay by our side.’
Eliahana ‘Elijah Cruz’ Torres, 10, was also identified among the deceased. The fourth grader, didn’t want to go to school on Tuesday, her grandfather told Fox News – but her family told her she had to.
So far, police have confirmed that 19 children and three adults, including a 44-year-old teacher, were killed in Tuesday’s massacre. Police sources told KTRK they expect the death toll to rise.
Amerie Jo Garza (right) was confirmed dead by her father Angel Garza (left), who said: ‘My little love is now flying high with the angels above’
Eliahana ‘Elijah Cruz’ Torres, 10, was also identified among the deceased. The fourth grader, didn’t want to go to school on Tuesday, her grandfather said – but her family told her she had to
Steven Garcia and Jennifer Lugo confirmed their daughter, Ellie, was killed in Tuesday’s massacre after she had been missing for several hours
Meanwhile, the families of missing students have taken to social media sharing photos of the children in hopes of tracking them down.
10 year-old Annabelle Guadalupe Rodriguez remains missing, with her dad sharing a photo of her in the hopes of tracking her down.
Her dad, who has not been named, told Fox News that he hasn’t heard from her since gunman Salvador Ramos, 18, opened fire inside the school this afternoon.
The youngster’s dad has also given her photo to Texas Rangers in the hope that they’ll be able to track her down.
Federico Torres told KHOU his son Rogelio Torres, a student in Mr. Reyes’ class, is still missing. He turned to the news outlet for help after officials at the local hospital and civic center had no information on his son’s whereabouts.
Nevaeh Bravo’s cousin identified her as missing on Twitter, saying: ‘We cannot find her and are very worried.’
She was also a fourth grader in Mr. Reyes’ class, along with deceased Garcia and missing Torres. Family members of the victims allege Ramos opened fired into Reyes’ classroom.
Annabelle Rodriquez, 10, pictured here, a student at Robb Elementary School is missing, her frantic father told Fox News
Rogelio Torres (left) and Neveah Bravo (right) were both reported missing by relatives. The pair were students in Mr. Reyes’ fourth grade class
Two teachers were also confirmed dead after Tuesday’s massacre.
Eva Mireles, 44, a special ed teacher at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, was confirmed to have died by relatives Tuesday night.
She is married to Ruben Ruiz, 43, a cop at the local police department, with the couple parents to a college-age daughter.
Mireles worked in the education system for 17 years and was a co-teacher at the school for at least five of those.
In her Robb Elementary School profile, she describes herself as an active runner, hiker and, sometimes, biker. Her husband, Ruben Ruiz, 43, is a police officer at the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District.
‘I’m furious that these shootings continue,’ Mireles’s aunt Lydia Martinez Delgado said. ‘These children are innocent. Rifles should not be easily available to all. This is my hometown, a small community of less than 20,000. I never imagined this would happen to especially loved ones … All we can do is pray hard for our country, state, schools, and especially the families of all,’ her aunt, Lydia Martinez Delgado, said in a statement.
Irma Garcia (left) and Eva Mireles (right), who co-taught fourth grade, were both shot and killed at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday
The second teacher was named by friends and family as Irma Garcia, a mother of four and 23-year veteran at Robb Elementary School who had co-taught with Mireles for five years.
Married to Joe for 24 years, she was a mother of four – Cristian, completing Marine boot camp; Jose, attending Texas State university University; Lyliana, a sophomore in high school; and Alysandra, a 7th grader.
‘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,’ tweeted her nephew John.
‘She was loved by many and will truly be missed.’
She was nominated as teacher of the year for the 2018-19 awards, organized by Trinity University.
Police and investigators continue to work at the scene of a mass shooting at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas
Jennifer Click offers hugs and prayers to people coming and going at the SSGT Willie De Leon Civic Center after a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas
A mobile morgue was snapped pulling up outside the school earlier on Tuesday as medical examiners began the grim task of identifying the victims.
Ramos was shot and killed by a Customs and Border Patrol agent who realized what was happening and ran to Robb Elementary to help without backup.
Additionally, 13 children are being treated at the Uvalde Memorial emergency room as well as a 45-year-old man who suffered a ‘graze.’
Cops told a press conference Tuesday night that they’d work to contact the victims of the deceased as soon as their remains were identified.
University Health San Antonio also confirmed they received a child whose condition is currently unknown and a 66-year-old woman who is critical condition.
Robb Elementary School, which has 600 students enrolled, is located in the city of Uvalde, hometown of Matthew McConaughey, 60 miles east of the Mexican border and 80 miles west of San Antonio.
Concerned parents were captured at the scene desperately searching for their children and video from the chaotic scene showed police arriving to the school campus with their guns in hand.
One widely shared video appears to show the suspected gunman approach the school while what sounds like gunfire is going off in the background.
Salvador Ramos, 18, shot his grandmother before going to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde; engaging border patrol agents nearby in a shootout; and then barricading himself inside the school, killing 14 students and a teacher
Videos taken in the immediate aftermath of the shooting show mothers frantically running towards the campus to collect their kids.
The school warned parents to stay away and instead collect their children from a rendezvous point after they had been ‘accounted for’.
‘Your cooperation is needed at this time by not visiting the campus. As soon as more information is gathered it will be shared.’
Ninety percent of the school’s students are Hispanic and there are some 70 teachers.
It is one many schools in the district that is a stone’s throw from the Mexican border, with the city of Coahuila 220 miles away. The school sits on the outskirts of the city of Uvalde, population 16,000.
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin told Fox News that shots were fired off site, and that after shooting one person, the gunman ran to the school where he barricaded himself inside.
The district said that the city’s civic center will be used as a reunification center and that parents will be able to pick up their children there once everyone is accounted for.
A mobile morgue was seen arriving at the school on Tuesday afternoon.
Ted Cruz, a Republican US senator from Texas, tweeted that he and his wife are ‘lifting up in prayer the children and families in the horrific shooting in Uvalde.’
Ken Paxton, the attorney general for Texas, told Fox News that more teachers should carry guns.
‘We can’t stop bad people from doing bad things,’ he said, adding that he had ‘never understood that argument’.
Eva Mireles, 44, a victim in the attack is married to a police officer assigned to the Uvalde School Distict
A woman cries while speaking on the phone outside the Ssgt Willie de Leon Civic Center, where students had been transported from Robb Elementary School to be picked up following the shooting
A board with the list of classes and teachers is displayed outside the Ssgt Willie de Leon Civic Center
‘We can harden these schools. We can create points of access that are difficult to get through.
‘We can potentially arm and prepare and train teachers and other administrators to respond quickly.
‘The reality is that we don’t have the resources to have law enforcement at every school.
‘So it takes time for law enforcement – now matter how prepared, no matter how good they are – to get there. So having the right training for some of these people at the school is the best hope.
Robb elementary school, which has 600 students enrolled, is located in Uvalde – 60 miles east of the Mexican border and 80 miles west of San Antonio
‘Nothing is going to work perfectly, but that, in my opinion it’s the best answer to this problem.’
But Senator Chris Murphy, a Democratic from Connecticut, where the Sandy Hook shooting took place, made an impassioned appeal for concrete action to prevent further violence.
‘This isn’t inevitable, these kids weren’t unlucky. This o nly happens in this country and nowhere else. Nowhere else do little kids go to school thinking that they might be shot that day,’ Murphy said on the Senate floor.
‘I’m here on this floor to beg, to literally get down on my hands and knees and beg my colleagues: Find a path forward here. Work with us to find a way to pass laws that make this less likely,’ he added.
State police arrive at the scene of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on Tuesday
New video from the chaotic scene shows police arriving to the scene with their guns in hand
FBI agents arrive at Robb Elementary School following Tuesday’s shooting
Kamala Harris, the vice president, said: ‘Enough is enough. As a nation, we have to have the courage to take action and understand the nexus between makes for reasonable and sensible public policy to ensure something like this never happens again.’
The deadly violence in Texas follows a series of mass shootings in the United States this month.
On May 14, an 18-year-old white man shot 10 people dead at a Buffalo, New York grocery store.
Wearing heavy body armor and wielding an AR-15 rifle, the self-declared white supremacist allegedly livestreamed his attack, having reportedly targeted the store because of the large surrounding African American population.
The following day, a man blocked the door of a church in Laguna Woods, California and opened fire on its Taiwanese-American congregation, killing one person and injuring five.
Despite recurring mass-casualty shootings, multiple initiatives to reform gun regulations have failed in the US Congress, leaving states and local councils to enact their own restrictions.
The National Rifle Association has been instrumental in fighting against stricter US gun laws. Abbott and Cruz are listed as speakers at a forum that is being held by the powerful lobby in Houston, Texas later this week.
The United States suffered 19,350 firearm homicides in 2020, up nearly 35 percent compared to 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in its latest data.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned the ‘monstrous’ shooting before directing her ire at colleagues that have stood in the way of gun reform.
‘Words are inadequate to describe the agony and outrage at the cold-blooded massacre of little schoolchildren and a teacher at Robb Elementary School today,’ Pelosi said in a statement.
‘This monstrous shooting stole the futures of precious children, who will never experience the joys of graduating from school, chasing the career of their dreams, falling in love, even starting a family of their own.’
Referring to the multiple mass shootings in recent weeks, the Democrat continued: ‘Across the nation, Americans are filled with righteous fury in the wake of multiple incomprehensible mass shootings in the span of just days.’
‘This a crisis of existential proportions – for our children and for every American. For too long, some in Congress have offered hollow words after these shootings while opposing all efforts to save lives,’ she said.
‘It is time for all in Congress to heed the will of the American people and join in enacting the House-passed bipartisan, commonsense, life-saving legislation into law.’
America’s worst school shootings
There have been dozens of shootings and other attacks in U.S. schools and colleges over the years, but until the massacre at Colorado’s Columbine High School in 1999, the number of dead tended to be in the single digits. Since then, the number of shootings that included schools and killed 10 or more people has mounted. The most recent two were both in Texas.
ROBB ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, May 2022
An 18-year-old gunman opened fire Tuesday at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, killing 14 children, one teacher and injuring others, Gov. Greg Abbott said. The shooter died.
SANTA FE HIGH SCHOOL, May 2018
A 17-year-old opened fire at a Houston-area high school, killing 10 people, most of them students, authorities said. The suspect has been charged with murder.
MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL, February 2018
An attack left 14 students and three staff members dead at the school in Parkland, Florida, and injured many others. The 20-year-old suspect was charged with murder.
UMPQUA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, October 2015
A man killed nine people at the school in Roseburg, Oregon, and wounded nine others, then killed himself.
SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, December 2012
A 19-year-old man killed his mother at their home in Newtown, Connecticut, then went to the nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 20 first graders and six educators. He took his own life.
VIRGINIA TECH, April 2007
A 23-year-old student killed 32 people on the campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, in April 2007; more than two dozen others were wounded. The gunman then killed himself.
RED LAKE HIGH SCHOOL, March 2005
A 16-year-old student killed his grandfather and the man’s companion at their Minnesota home, then went to nearby Red Lake High School, where he killed five students, a teacher and a security guard before shooting himself.
COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL, April 1999
Two students killed 12 of their peers and one teacher at the school in Littleton, Colorado, and injured many others before killing themselves.