Two devoted teachers went to great lengths to save their students’ lives before they themselves were swept away by the murderous madness of the young gunman who killed 21 people.
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Numbness, anger and misunderstanding only increased in the small community of Texas and the United States on Wednesday, as the profile of the victims became clearer and as the debate over firearms proliferation continued to stall.
The heartbreaking testimonies have gathered, describing the joie de vivre of the 19 children killed, as well as the goodwill of the two educators who died, two mothers in their 40s who worked together.
The massacre allegedly took place in a single classroom at the Robb School, public safety spokesman Chris Olivarez told CNN. The gunman allegedly barricaded himself there and trapped the teachers and their 10-year-old students.
She paid with her life
One of them, Irma Garcia, is said to have tried to protect the children by placing himself as a shield between them and the gunman, according to a police officer friend told her son.
“My aunt sacrificed herself to protect the children” […] She died a hero,” her cousin added.
The other teacher, Eva Mireles, is said to have managed to evacuate children through the window, the aunt of one of the survivors, Lydia Salazar Torrez, told the rolling stonesstating that his nephew thus saved his life before the educator was shot.
A boy who was in another class and survived told the barbarity of the act to his uncle, a longtime resident of Uvalde.
“He literally saw his friend get shot in the face. [Son ami] was shot in the nose and fell. My cousin was devastated,” he told the New York Times†
Too easy access to weapons
“I am furious that the shootings continue. These children are innocent. Weapons shouldn’t be readily available to everyone,” Lydia Martinez Delgado, the aunt of teacher Eva Mireles, said in a statement issued by San Antonio’s KSAT-TV.
By Wednesday morning, all victims had been removed from the scene and identified, CNN reported, citing a Texas spokesperson.
The families have all been informed, ending an excruciating wait for some of them trying to find their children via social media.
In some cases, DNA testing had to be performed to confirm the relationship, suggesting the injuries were so severe that the body could not be identified otherwise.
Uziyah Garcia, 8 years
‘The sweetest little boy I’ve ever known. With these loving words, Manny Renfro described his grandson Uziyah Garcia, who visited him during the March break.
Xavier Lopez, 10 years
His mother Felicha Martinez hugged him on the morning of the tragedy after the year-end certificates were handed out, not knowing it would be the last time she would see him alive.
Eliahana Torres, 10 years
On Tuesday, she was looking forward to playing the last softball game of the season. “She was a little nervous and said:” […] that she didn’t want softball to end,” her grandfather said.
Rojelio Torres, 10 years
“Our family waited almost 12 hours after the shooting to find my cousin. […] Rojelio was […] worked and loved helping people,” her aunt told KSAT.
Tess Mata, 10 years
She had a “infectious smile,” her big sister, Faith, recalled on social media. “I have no words, only sadness, confusion and anger. †
Jaila Nicole Silguero 10 years
Her mother told The Associated Press that her daughter didn’t want to go to school, as if she sensed something was about to happen.
Jayce Carmelo Luevanos 10 years
Jayce lost his life at the same time as his cousin, Jaila Nicole Silguero, who was in the same class as him.
Jose Flores, 10 years
Jose’s uncle described the boy as a “very happy” child. He points out that the little guy was “brilliant”, loved school and never got into trouble.
Maite Rodriguez, 10 years
The girl’s relatives have started a crowdfunding campaign for a very intelligent and kind child, her aunt describes. “Words cannot describe the pain in our souls. †
Makena Elrod, 10 years
She was met on the street by ABC News on Tuesday and her father who was looking for her went to the funeral home and admitted that he was afraid she might not be alive. Where is this world going?
Miranda Mathis, 11 years old
According to Fort Worth Star-TelegramMiranda attended Robb Elementary School with her brother, who survived.
Bravo Nava, 10 years
His cousin finally confirmed his death on Tuesday night after publishing a wanted message. “She’s flying with the angels now,” writes Emily Grace Ayala.
Alexandria Rubio, 10 years
Alexandria had celebrated her graduation with her parents that morning. “We had no idea at the time that we were saying goodbye to him. †
Amerie Jo Garza, 10 years
Her grandmother said the girl would have grabbed her cell phone to call 911 as soon as the shooter arrived. “She died a hero. †
Annabelle Rodriguez, 10 years
Desperate, his father Jesse gave his photo to a police officer who was doing some checks. The dreaded call came hours later.
Ellie Garcia, 10 years
Her parents remembered little Ellie’s zest for life. “I was going to DJ on her birthday, as she asked me,” her father posted on Facebook.
Jackie Cazares, 10 years
The little girl’s father, Jacinto Cazares, has promised his daughter to get things done. “May your death not be in vain, something will happen, I promise you. †
Alithia Ramirez, 10 years
The little girl was an artist at heart, her father said, even saying she sent a drawing to Google for their famous “Doodle.”
Layla Salazar, 10 years
Her father Vincent told The Associated Press how wonderful his daughter is, talking about her passion for swimming and TikTok videos.
Irma Garcia, 46 years
teacher of 4and year she shared her class in co-teaching for five years with Eva Mireles. Mrs. Garcia had taught at Robb Elementary School for 23 years.
Eva Mireles, 44 years
Eva Mireles, a special education graduate, has been teaching for 17 years. Passionate about the outdoors, many photos show her hair, all smiles, during a walk.