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Two boys and four girls are first child victims identified of horrific Texas school massacre

Two boys and four girls have been identified because the first child victims of the Texas elementary school massacre that left at the very least 19 children lifeless, as determined kin seek for their lacking family members.

Fourth grade scholar Xavier Lopez, 10, was killed Tuesday when an 18-year-old gunman opened fireplace at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

The boy’s mom had attended his awards ceremony simply hours earlier than the capturing, unaware that might be the final time she noticed her son alive, his cousin informed KTRK.

A GoFundMe account has been established by a member of the family to assist his dad and mom increase money for the funeral. The household had already collected greater than $24,000 by Tuesday night time.

The household of Uziyah Garcia, 9, mentioned he was killed within the capturing hours after asserting he was among the many lacking.

‘My nephew was a sufferer of a school capturing as we speak,’ Garcia’s uncle Mitch Renfro wrote on Facebook, including that he ‘was killed by a loopy man.’

The boy’s household informed NBC 5 Garcia would have turned 10 this summer season. 

Makenna Lee Elrod, 10, was confirmed lifeless by a household good friend late Tuesday night time after her father, Brandon Elrod, revealed she had been lacking because the capturing and mentioned he feared ‘she is probably not 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

Fourth grade scholar Xavier Lopez, 10, was killed Tuesday when an 18-year-old gunman opened fireplace at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. His mom had attended his awards ceremony simply hours earlier than the capturing, unaware that might be the final time she noticed him

The family of Uziyah Garcia, 9, said he was killed in the shooting hours after announcing he was among the missing

Makenna Lee Elrod, 10, was confirmed dead by a family friend late Tuesday night

Uziyah Garcia, 9, (left) and Makenna Elrod, 10, (proper) had been each confirmed lifeless by family members on Facebook

Brandon informed KTRK he was ‘on the best way to the funeral dwelling’ as a result of ‘we will not discover my daughter.’

‘It’s fairly unhappy what this world’s coming to,’ he informed the TV station.

Pilar Newberry, whose daughter was in a tumbling class with Elrod, confirmed her loss of life on Facebook hours later, saying: ‘Sweet Makenna Rest in Paradise!! My coronary heart is shattered as my daughter Chloe liked her a lot!! 

‘I’ll always remember how excited she was to satisfy a brand new good friend from a unique school! Just a number of weeks in the past she bought a friendship bracelet from her on the ballpark and she wears it on a regular basis! When she wakes up tomorrow she’s going to be devastated. Praying so arduous for her candy household!!!!’ 

Amerie Jo Garza was additionally confirmed lifeless by U.S. Marshals Tuesday night time, in line with ABC News. She had simply celebrated her tenth birthday on May 10.

‘My little love is now flying excessive with the angels above,’ her father Angel Garza wrote on Facebook. ‘Please don’t take a second with no consideration. Hug your loved ones. Tell them you like them. I really like you Amerie Jo.’

Steven Garcia and Jennifer Lugo confirmed their daughter, Ellie, was killed in Tuesday’s massacre after she had been lacking for a number of hours. 

‘It’s arduous to difficulty 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 didn’t make it dwelling tonight!!! Our Ellie was a doll and was the happiest ever,’ Steven wrote on Facebook. ‘Mom and Dad love you always remember that and please strive and keep by our facet.’

Eliahana ‘Elijah Cruz’ Torres, 10, was additionally identified among the many deceased. The fourth grader, did not need to go to school on Tuesday, her grandfather informed Fox News – however her household informed her she needed to. 

So far, police have confirmed that 19 youngsters and three adults, together with a 44-year-old trainer, had been killed in Tuesday’s massacre. Police sources informed KTRK they count on the loss of life 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'

Amerie Jo Garza (proper) was confirmed lifeless by her father Angel Garza (left), who mentioned: ‘My little love is now flying excessive 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

Eliahana ‘Elijah Cruz’ Torres, 10, was additionally identified among the many deceased. The fourth grader, did not need to go to school on Tuesday, her grandfather mentioned – however her household informed her she needed to

Steven Garcia and Jennifer Lugo confirmed their daughter, Ellie, was killed in Tuesday's massacre after she had been missing for several hours

Steven Garcia and Jennifer Lugo confirmed their daughter, Ellie, was killed in Tuesday’s massacre after she had been lacking for a number of hours

Meanwhile, the households of lacking college students have taken to social media sharing pictures of the youngsters in hopes of monitoring them down. 

10 year-old Annabelle Guadalupe Rodriguez stays lacking, along with her dad sharing a photograph of her within the hopes of monitoring her down.

Her dad, who has not been named, informed Fox News that he hasn’t heard from her since gunman Salvador Ramos, 18, opened fireplace contained in the school this afternoon.

The teenager’s dad has additionally given her photograph to Texas Rangers within the hope that they will have the ability to observe her down.

Federico Torres informed KHOU his son Rogelio Torres, a scholar in Mr. Reyes’ class, continues to be lacking. He turned to the information outlet for assist after officers on the native hospital and civic heart had no data on his son’s whereabouts. 

Nevaeh Bravo’s cousin identified her as lacking on Twitter, saying: ‘We can’t discover her and are very fearful.’

She was additionally a fourth grader in Mr. Reyes’ class, together with deceased Garcia and lacking 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

Annabelle Rodriquez, 10, pictured right here, a scholar at Robb Elementary School is lacking, her frantic father informed Fox News

Rogelio Torres, a student in Mr. Reyes' class, is still missing, his dad confirmed

Nevaeh Bravo's cousin identified her as missing on Twitter, saying: 'We cannot find her and are very worried.'

Rogelio Torres (left) and Neveah Bravo (proper) had been each reported lacking by kin. The pair had been college students in Mr. Reyes’ fourth grade class

Two academics had been additionally confirmed lifeless after Tuesday’s massacre.

Eva Mireles, 44, a particular ed trainer at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, was confirmed to have died by kin Tuesday night time.

She is married to Ruben Ruiz, 43, a cop on the native police division, with the couple dad and mom to a college-age daughter. 

Mireles labored within the schooling system for 17 years and was a co-teacher on the school for at the very least 5 of these. 

In her Robb Elementary School profile, she describes herself as an energetic runner, hiker and, typically, biker. Her husband, Ruben Ruiz, 43, is a police officer on the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District.

‘I’m livid that these shootings proceed,’ Mireles’s aunt Lydia Martinez Delgado mentioned. ‘These youngsters are harmless. Rifles shouldn’t be simply accessible to all. This is my hometown, a small group of lower than 20,000. I by no means imagined this might occur to particularly family members … All we are able to do is pray arduous for our nation, state, colleges, and particularly the households of all,’ her aunt, Lydia Martinez Delgado, mentioned in an announcement.

Irma Garcia, a fourth grade teacher and 23-year veteran of Robb Elementary, was killed on Tuesday

Eva Mireles, who for five years was the co-teacher with Irma Garcia, was one of two teachers shot and killed at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday

Irma Garcia (left) and Eva Mireles (proper), who co-taught fourth grade, had been each shot and killed at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday

The second trainer was named by mates and household as Irma Garcia, a mom of four and 23-year veteran at Robb Elementary School who had co-taught with Mireles for 5 years. 

Married to Joe for twenty-four years, she was a mom of four – Cristian, finishing Marine boot camp; Jose, attending Texas State college University; Lyliana, a sophomore in excessive school; 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 liked by many and will actually be missed.’

She was nominated as trainer 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

Police and investigators proceed to work on the scene of a mass capturing on 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

Jennifer Click presents hugs and prayers to folks coming and going on the SSGT Willie De Leon Civic Center after a mass capturing at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas

A cell morgue was snapped pulling up exterior the school earlier on Tuesday as medical experts started the grim process of figuring out the victims.

Ramos was shot and killed by a Customs and Border Patrol agent who realized what was occurring and ran to Robb Elementary to assist with out backup. 

Additionally, 13 youngsters are being handled on the Uvalde Memorial emergency room in addition to a 45-year-old man who suffered a ‘graze.’

Cops informed a press convention Tuesday night time that they’d work to contact the victims of the deceased as quickly as their stays had been identified. 

University Health San Antonio additionally confirmed they obtained a child whose situation is at present unknown and a 66-year-old lady who’s crucial situation. 

Robb Elementary School, which has 600 college students enrolled, is situated within the metropolis of Uvalde, hometown of Matthew McConaughey, 60 miles east of the Mexican border and 80 miles west of San Antonio.

Concerned dad and mom had been captured on the scene desperately looking for their youngsters and video from the chaotic scene confirmed police arriving to the school campus with their weapons in hand.

One broadly shared video seems to point out the suspected gunman strategy the school whereas what feels like gunfire goes off within 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

Salvador Ramos, 18, shot his grandmother earlier than going to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde; participating border patrol brokers close by in a shootout; and then barricading himself contained in the school, killing 14 college students and a trainer

Videos taken within the rapid aftermath of the capturing present moms frantically working in the direction of the campus to gather their children. 

The school warned dad and mom to remain away and as an alternative acquire their youngsters from a rendezvous level after they’d been ‘accounted for’. 

‘Your cooperation is required presently by not visiting the campus. As quickly as extra data is gathered will probably be shared.’

Ninety % of the school’s college students are Hispanic and there are some 70 academics.

It is one many faculties within the district that may be a stone’s throw from the Mexican border, with town of Coahuila 220 miles away. The school sits on the outskirts of town of Uvalde, inhabitants 16,000.

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin informed Fox News that pictures had been fired off web site, and that after capturing one particular person, the gunman ran to the school the place he barricaded himself inside. 

The district mentioned that town’s civic heart will likely be used as a reunification heart and that folks will have the ability to decide up their youngsters there as soon as everyone seems to be accounted for. 

A cell morgue was seen arriving on the school on Tuesday afternoon.

Ted Cruz, a Republican US senator from Texas, tweeted that he and his spouse are ‘lifting up in prayer the youngsters and households within the horrific capturing in Uvalde.’

Ken Paxton, the lawyer normal for Texas, informed Fox News that extra academics ought to carry weapons.

‘We cannot cease unhealthy folks from doing unhealthy issues,’ he mentioned, including that he had ‘by no means understood that argument’.

Eva Mireles, 44, a victim in the attack is married to a police officer assigned to the Uvalde School Distict

Eva Mireles, 44, a sufferer within the assault 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 lady cries whereas talking on the cellphone exterior the Ssgt Willie de Leon Civic Center, the place college students had been transported from Robb Elementary School to be picked up following the capturing

A board with the list of classes and teachers is displayed outside the Ssgt Willie de Leon Civic Center

A board with the record of courses and academics is displayed exterior the Ssgt Willie de Leon Civic Center

‘We can harden these colleges. We can create factors of entry that are troublesome to get by means of.

‘We can probably arm and put together and prepare academics and different directors to reply shortly. 

‘The actuality is that we do not have the resources to have regulation enforcement at each school.

‘So it takes time for regulation enforcement – now matter how ready, irrespective of how good they are – to get there. So having the best coaching for some of these folks on the school is the very 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

Robb elementary school, which has 600 college students enrolled, is situated in Uvalde – 60 miles east of the Mexican border and 80 miles west of San Antonio

‘Nothing goes to work completely, however that, in my view it is the very best answer to this downside.’ 

But Senator Chris Murphy, a Democratic from Connecticut, the place the Sandy Hook capturing happened, made an impassioned attraction for concrete motion to stop additional violence.

‘This is not inevitable, these children weren’t unfortunate. This solely occurs on this nation and nowhere else. Nowhere else do little children go to school considering that they may be shot that day,’ Murphy mentioned on the Senate flooring.

‘I’m right here on this flooring to beg, to actually get down on my palms and knees and beg my colleagues: Find a path ahead right here. Work with us to discover a approach to cross legal guidelines that make this much less doubtless,’ he added.

State police arrive at the scene of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on Tuesday

State police arrive on the scene of the capturing 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

New video from the chaotic scene exhibits police arriving to the scene with their weapons in hand

FBI agents arrive at Robb Elementary School following Tuesday's shooting

FBI brokers arrive at Robb Elementary School following Tuesday’s capturing

Kamala Harris, the vp, mentioned: ‘Enough is sufficient. As a nation, we’ve got to have the braveness to take motion and perceive the nexus between makes for affordable and smart public coverage to make sure one thing like this by no means occurs once more.’ 

The lethal violence in Texas follows a collection of mass shootings within the United States this month.

On May 14, an 18-year-old white man shot 10 folks lifeless at a Buffalo, New York grocery retailer.

Wearing heavy physique armor and wielding an AR-15 rifle, the self-declared white supremacist allegedly livestreamed his assault, having reportedly focused the shop as a result of of the big surrounding African American inhabitants.

The following day, a person blocked the door of a church in Laguna Woods, California and opened fireplace on its Taiwanese-American congregation, killing one particular person and injuring 5.

Despite recurring mass-casualty shootings, a number of initiatives to reform gun laws have failed within the US Congress, leaving states and native councils to enact their very own restrictions.

Robb elementary student Xavier Lopez was also killed in the violence, according to a GoFundMe campaign set up by a cousin to help his parents raise money for the funeral

Robb elementary scholar Xavier Lopez was additionally killed within the violence, in line with a GoFundMe marketing campaign arrange by a cousin to assist his dad and mom increase money for the funeral

The National Rifle Association has been instrumental in preventing in opposition to stricter US gun legal guidelines. Abbott and Cruz are listed as audio system at a discussion board that’s being held by the highly effective foyer in Houston, Texas later this week.

The United States suffered 19,350 firearm homicides in 2020, up practically 35 % in comparison with 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mentioned in its newest knowledge.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned the ‘monstrous’ capturing earlier than directing her ire at colleagues which have stood in the best way of gun reform.

‘Words are insufficient to explain the agony and outrage on the cold-blooded massacre of little schoolchildren and a trainer at Robb Elementary School as we speak,’ Pelosi mentioned in an announcement.

‘This monstrous capturing stole the futures of valuable youngsters, who won’t ever expertise the thrill of graduating from school, chasing the career of their desires, falling in love, even beginning a household of their very own.’

Referring to the a number of mass shootings in current weeks, the Democrat continued: ‘Across the nation, Americans are full of righteous fury within the wake of a number of incomprehensible mass shootings within the span of simply days.’

‘This a disaster of existential proportions – for our youngsters and for each American. For too lengthy, some in Congress have provided hole phrases after these shootings whereas opposing all efforts to save lots of lives,’ she mentioned.

‘It is time for all in Congress to heed the need of the American folks and take part enacting the House-passed bipartisan, commonsense, life-saving laws into regulation.’

America’s worst school shootings 

There have been dozens of shootings and different assaults in U.S. colleges and schools over time, however till the massacre at Colorado’s Columbine High School in 1999, the quantity of lifeless tended to be within the single digits. Since then, the quantity of shootings that included colleges and killed 10 or extra folks has mounted. The most up-to-date two had been each in Texas.

ROBB ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, May 2022

An 18-year-old gunman opened fireplace Tuesday at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, killing 14 youngsters, one trainer and injuring others, Gov. Greg Abbott mentioned. The shooter died.

SANTA FE HIGH SCHOOL, May 2018

A 17-year-old opened fireplace at a Houston-area excessive school, killing 10 folks, most of them college students, authorities mentioned. The suspect has been charged with homicide.

MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL, February 2018

An assault left 14 college students and three employees members lifeless on the school in Parkland, Florida, and injured many others. The 20-year-old suspect was charged with homicide.

UMPQUA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, October 2015

A person killed 9 folks on the school in Roseburg, Oregon, and wounded 9 others, then killed himself.

SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, December 2012

A 19-year-old man killed his mom at their dwelling in Newtown, Connecticut, then went to the close by Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 20 first graders and six educators. He took his personal life.

VIRGINIA TECH, April 2007

A 23-year-old scholar killed 32 folks on the campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, in April 2007; greater than two dozen others had been wounded. The gunman then killed himself.

RED LAKE HIGH SCHOOL, March 2005

A 16-year-old scholar killed his grandfather and the person’s companion at their Minnesota dwelling, then went to close by Red Lake High School, the place he killed 5 college students, a trainer and a safety guard earlier than capturing himself.

COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL, April 1999

Two college students killed 12 of their friends and one trainer on the school in Littleton, Colorado, and injured many others earlier than killing themselves.

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