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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 one of 19 college students confirmed to be killed Tuesday morning by Ramos, who cops say was carrying a handgun and an AR-15 in the course of the assault that additionally killed two lecturers in the classroom.

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

Arreola mentioned Ramos advised the scholars and staffers contained in the room, ‘You’re going to die,’ earlier than opening fireplace – taking pictures her granddaughter useless as she tried to cellphone for assist.

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

‘And [Amerie] had her cellphone and she referred to as 911. And as a substitute of grabbing it and breaking it or taking it from her, he shot her. She was sitting proper subsequent to her greatest buddy. Her greatest buddy 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 among the many many kids 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 mentioned. ‘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 may catch a ball so good,’ the grieving grandad mentioned.

‘There had been sure performs that I might 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 among the many lacking in the chaos that adopted the massacre, with her father, Brandon Elrod telling reporters on the time he feared ‘she is probably not alive.’

Her dying was finally confirmed by a household buddy on Wednesday. ‘It’s fairly unhappy what this world’s coming to,’ the woman’s father advised native outlet KTRK after the taking pictures.

A mom of one of Makenna’s buddies 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 among the many victims.

Xavier Lopez, 10

Xavier Lopez

Xavier Lopez

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

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

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

In the final trade she had with the kid, the mother heartbreakingly advised the boy that she was proud of him and that she beloved him, giving him a hug goodbye – not figuring out it will 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 dying from police. ‘It would all the time cheer anybody up.’

The boy’s cousin, Lisa Garza, 54, of Arlington, mentioned 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 at this time,’ she mentioned. 

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

Amelia Sandoval, Lopez’s grandmother, mentioned: ‘It’s simply so laborious… you ship your youngsters to faculty considering 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 among the many useless.

Adolfo Cruz, her great-grandfather, mentioned she did not need to attend faculty the day of the taking pictures – however was advised by her household that she had to attend.

He mentioned he remained outdoors the varsity gates all through the evening till he leanrned of her destiny from native authorities.

‘I hope she is alive,’ he mentioned on the time. 

Torres was an avid baseball participant and performed the game 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 dad and mom, with Steven Garcia and Jennifer Lugo confirming her dying a number of hours after she was listed among the many lacking. 

‘It’s laborious to problem 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 house tonight!!! Our Ellie was a doll and was the happiest ever,’ Steven Lugo mentioned Wednesday.

‘Mom and Dad love you always remember that and please strive and keep by our facet.’  

Nevaeh Bravo, 10

Nevaeh Bravo

Nevaeh Bravo

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

Around 9 pm, she broke the information on Twitter.

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

Sje mentioned the schoolchild was ‘flying excessive’ and requested for the household to be saved in folks’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

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 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 workforce on mother and dad 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 lovely 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 photograph, 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 inform you how fairly you might be, I need to take you outdoors and observe softball, I need to go on one final household trip, I need to hear your contagious chuckle, and I need you to hear me inform you 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 useless by his household.

An individual who mentioned 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 concerning the taking pictures and instantly raced to the varsity.

‘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 mentioned. ‘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 whole household waited nearly 12 hours for the reason that taking pictures to discover out Rojelio Torres, my 10-year-old nephew, was killed in this tragedy,’ Torres’ aunt, Precious Perez, advised KSAT. ‘We are devastated and heartbroken. Rojer was a really clever, hard-working and useful individual. He can be missed and by no means forgotten.’ 

Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10

Jayce Luevanos

Jayce Luevanos

Jayce Luevanos, 10, died in the taking pictures alongside with his ten-year-old cousin, Jailah, the kid’s mom mentioned Wednesday.

In a Facebook submit, uncle Unberto Gonzalez shared pictures of each youngsters 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 taking pictures, her mom, Veronica Luevanos, tearfully revealed to Univision Wednesday.

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

She mentioned Jailah beloved to dance and movie movies on TikTok.

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

‘I took her to faculty, however she did not need to go. She advised her father, ‘Can I keep house?” Luevanos mentioned, noting that it was not a typical incidence 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 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 really 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 submit to Facebook exhibiting the 10-year-old with angel’s wings. He had used the identical photograph the day prior to this as he pleaded for assist discovering her after the massacre

He had heartbreakingly used the identical photograph the day prior to this as he desperately pleaded for assist discovering her after the massacre.

‘Trying to discover my daughter Alithia. I referred to as all of the hospitals and nothing,’ he wrote on the time.

He additionally reporters throughout his frantic search, ‘I’m making an attempt 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 with her cousin, who has but to be recognized.

Annabell’s father spent the afternoon after the taking pictures 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 on the hospital proper now so we do not know the place to go.’

 She has since been declared to be among the many useless.

Miranda Mathis, 11

Miranda Mathis

Miranda Mathis

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

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

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

Miller’s youngsters had additionally been on the faculty on the time of the taking pictures, however survived the assault.

One of her sons advised her that they had been ushered out of a window by staffers in the course of 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 buddies 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 with her dad and mom on the faculty’s honor roll ceremony.

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

Maite Yuleana

Maite Yuleana

Maite Yuleana

Maite Yuleana was one other pupil to die in the assault that had attended the glory 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 taking pictures.  

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

Another relative shared a photograph of Maite 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 taking pictures after attending the glory 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 among the many useless, after sharing a tribute to the kid on Facebook.

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

The boy’s father described Jose to CNN as a tremendous boy and massive brother to his two youthful siblings.

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

He mentioned 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 in the course of the vicious assault on the elementary faculty.

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 mentioned in a web based submit.

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

Cazares mentioned his daughter, who was with her cousin, Annabell Rodriguez, when she died, was ‘full of life and love’.

Layla Salazar, 10

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

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

He mentioned she was ‘lots of enjoyable’ and recalled how they sang alongside to ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ by Guns ‘n’ Roses at any time when he drove her to faculty.   

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 year, 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 highschool; and Alysandra, a seventh grader. 

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

‘She was beloved by many and will actually be missed.’

She was nominated as instructor of the year 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 one of the employees members shot useless. She had labored in schooling for 17 years. 

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

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