The teacher who killed the “hero” to protect young students is one of the confirmed victims in a Texas school shooting that killed 21 people on Tuesday.
44-year-old teachers Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia were named by their families as one of the teachers killed in an attack at Robb Elementary School.
To date, five of the 19 child victims have been identified. They are Amerie Jo Garza (10), Makenna Lee Elrod (10), 8 years old Uziyah Garcia, Xavier Javier Lopez (10) and Jose Flores (10).
Ms Mireles’ husband is currently a district police officer investigating a massacre that began late Tuesday morning and ended with a gunman’s death.
Confirming the teacher’s death in a Facebook post, her cousin and grandmother said they felt lost and angry at the gun violence sweeping the country.
Her cousin Arizmendi Mireles said, “My beautiful cousin!
Ms Mireles was a bilingual special education teacher with 17 years of experience as an educator, teaching 4th grade children at the school.
On the school website, she said that she is the mother of a college graduate and likes to “run and hike” with her “fun and lovely” family.
Tuesday’s massacre was the worst massacre in an American elementary school in nearly a decade since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, killing 20 children and six adults.
An 18-year-old sniper named Salvador Ramos was wearing body armor and carrying a pistol and rifle. All of these were commercially available in the state of Texas, expanding gun use by last year.
The incident shook Uvalde, a small town of about 16,000 residents located 130 kilometers (80 miles) west of San Antonio.
Lydia Martinez Delgado, Mireles’ aunt, mourned the death of her nephew, calling for stricter gun laws and saying rifles should not be readily available.
“It makes me angry that these shootings continue. These kids are innocent. Rifles shouldn’t be readily available to everyone. This is my hometown, a small community of less than 20,000 people. I couldn’t even imagine.” Martinez Delgado said in his statement:
“All we can do is pray fervently for our country, our state, our schools and especially all our families,” the statement said.
Mireles’ husband took part in active shooting training at Uvalde High School just two months ago. The gruesome photo shared on his Facebook page shows Louise and her fellow officers posing as gunmen while students pretend to be dead on the floor.
Garcia, the second adult victim of the shooting, was confirmed killed by her niece John.
“My Tia was unsuccessful and she sacrificed herself to protect the children in the classroom. I beg you to keep my family in the prayers of everyone, including yours. Irma Garcia is her name and she He died as a hero.” her nephew.
“She was loved by many and will be truly missed.”
The identity of the children killed in the shooting continues to be revealed, following the deaths of 8-year-old Uziyah and 10-year-old Xavier, who were confirmed by their families late Tuesday.
Uziyah’s grandfather Manny Renfro mourned the death of an 8-year-old boy, calling him “the sweetest boy I know.”
“I’m not saying that because he was my grandson,” Renfro said, adding that Uziyah’s last visit to him was in San Angelo during spring break.
“We started throwing the ball together and I was teaching him pass patterns. A boy that was so fast and he was able to catch the ball very well.” “There was a certain play that I called him to remember and do exactly what we practiced.”
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Lisa Garza, 54, of Arlington, Texas, said her cousin Xavier was looking forward to a summer swim. The shooting took place two days before the end of the school year.
“He was just a loving 10-year-old boy, he was just enjoying life, he never knew this tragedy would happen today,” she said. “He was very cheerful and liked to dance with his brother, his mother. This has harmed all of us.”
She lamented America’s lax gun laws. “Especially if these kids are insane and hurt people, especially innocent kids going to school, we need to put more restrictions. “
Amerie’s father, Angel Garza, confirmed her death in a Facebook post.
“Thanks to everyone who prayed and helped find the baby,” he wrote. “She has been found. My little love is now flying high with the angels above. Don’t take a second for granted. Hug your family. Tell them you love them. I love you Ameri Jo. For me Take care of your brother.”
Jose Flores, 10-year-old, has also been confirmed killed in the shooting by his uncle, Christopher Salazar. Washington Post. A few hours before filming, the boy was awarded an honorable mention.
The fourth-grade kid, the uncle said, loved baseball and was a “very happy kid.” “He was very smart,” Salazar said. “He was not a trouble-seeking kid.”
Hours after the shooting, some families still do not know the whereabouts of their children, posting pictures online and begging for information.
Adolfo Cruz, a 69-year-old air conditioning repairman, hoped his 10-year-old great-granddaughter Eliajha Cruz Torres was among the survivors outside school on Tuesday night.
He drove to the scene after receiving a terrifying phone call from his daughter in tears shortly after the first report of an 18-year-old gunman shooting at school.
“I hope she’s alive,” Cruz said. “Waiting for an update.”
After the massacre, Joe Biden urged Congress to take action to control guns, asking, “In the name of God, where are our backbones?” The president said the ban on offensive weapons should be renewed as a matter of “common sense”.