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Amerie Jo Garza, 10

Amerie Jo Garza (right)

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 lecturers in the classroom.

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

Arreola stated Ramos advised the college students and staffers inside the room, ‘You’re going to die,’ earlier than opening hearth – shooting her granddaughter useless as she tried to cellphone for assist.

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

‘And [Amerie] had her cellphone 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 lined 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 information 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 go patterns.

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

‘There have been sure performs that I’d name that he would keep 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 might not be 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 advised native outlet KTRK after the shooting.

A mom of considered one of Makenna’s associates lamented the loss in a put up to Facebook. 

‘Sweet Makenna Rest in Paradise!! My coronary heart is shattered as my daughter Chloe cherished 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 scholar sufferer to be recognized as considered one of Ramos’ victims.

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

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

In the final alternate she had with the youngster, the mother heartbreakingly advised the boy that she was pleased with him and that she cherished him, giving him a hug goodbye – not understanding it will be the final time she would see him alive.

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

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

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

‘He was very bubbly, cherished to dance 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 college pondering they’re going to make it again residence however they are not.’

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 useless.

Adolfo Cruz, her great-grandfather, stated she did not need to attend college the day of the shooting – however was advised by her household that she had to attend.

He stated he remained outdoors the college 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 a neighborhood 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 those that additionally did not make it residence 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 attempt to keep by our aspect.’  

Nevaeh Bravo, 10

Nevaeh Bravo

Nevaeh Bravo

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

Around 9 pm, she broke the information 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 put up to Facebook Wednesday.

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

‘I’m unhappy as a result of we are going to by no means get to tag team 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 offended as a result of a coward took you from us.’

Photos shared with the put up 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’re, I need to take you outdoors and follow softball, I need to go on one final household trip, I need to hear your contagious snicker, and I need you to hear me let you know how a lot I 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 useless 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 perpetually miss you and love you my angel.’

The kid’s father , Federico Torres, advised Houston reporters that he was at work when he discovered about the shooting and instantly raced to the college.

‘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 all the pieces is effectively.’

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

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

Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10

Jayce Luevanos

Jayce Luevanos

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

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

‘My infants going to miss them like loopy!!!,’ Gonzalez wrote. ‘We luv y’all a lot!!! I’m simply lost 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 shooting, her mom, Veronica Luevanos, tearfully revealed to Univision Wednesday.

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

She stated Jailah cherished to dance and movie movies on TikTok.

The youngster reportedly additionally requested her mother the morning of the shooting if she might keep residence from college – a request the now mourning mother rebuffed. 

‘I took her to college, however she did not need to go. She advised her father, ‘Can I keep residence?” Luevanos stated, noting that it was not a standard prevalence for her daughter to make such a request. ‘I feel she knew one thing would occur.’

Luevanos’ mother confirmed the loss on Facebook Wednesday.

‘Fly excessive my angels. We’re going to miss 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 like u a lot … fly excessive child woman.’

Alithia Ramirez, 10

Alithia Ramirez

Alithia Ramirez

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

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

‘Trying to discover 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 attempting to discover 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 shooting in frantic search 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 useless.

Miranda Mathis, 11

Miranda Mathis

Miranda Mathis

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

‘My candy child cousin we cherished u dearly,’ Deanna Miller wrote alongside a photograph of the youngster 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 college at the time of the shooting, however survived the assault.

One of her sons advised her that they have been ushered out of a window by staffers throughout the assault and subsequently ran to a close-by funeral residence 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 associates as ‘Lexi’ – was confirmed useless simply earlier than midnight on Tuesday.

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

Kimberly Mata-Rubio, the woman’s mom, wrote of the loss: ‘My lovely, good, Alexandria Aniyah Rubio was acknowledged immediately for All-A honor roll. She additionally acquired the good citizen award. We advised her we cherished her and would choose her up after college. We had no thought this was goodbye.’ 

Maite Yuleana

Maite Yuleana

Maite Yuleana

Maite Yuleana was one other scholar 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 lost her candy child woman in yesterday’s mindless shooting.  

‘We are deeply saddened by the lose [sic] of this candy good little woman…. God bless and will 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 shooting 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 useless, after sharing a tribute to the youngster on Facebook.

‘I like you and I miss you,’ Salazar wrote in the put up.  

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

‘He was at all times fill of vitality,’ Jose Flores Sr. stated. ‘Ready to play until the evening.’

He stated the boy cherished 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 college.

Her father Jacinto confirmed she lost 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 put up.

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

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

Layla Salazar, 10

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

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

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

Layla Salazar

Layla Salazar

Irma Garcia, 46 – fourth grade trainer

Irma Garcia

Irma Garcia

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

Married to Joe for 24 years, she was a mom of 4 – Cristian, finishing Marine boot camp; Jose, attending Texas State college University; Lyliana, a sophomore in highschool; 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 cherished by many and can really be missed.’

She was nominated as trainer of the year for the 2018-19 awards, organized by Trinity University. 

Eva Mireles, 44 – fourth grade trainer

Eva Mireles

Eva Mireles

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

Her husband Ruben Ruiz, a veteran detective and SWAT team member at present serving as a police officer with the college district, held common lively shooter drills for the faculties – most just lately at the finish of March. 

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