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Within hours of the death of 19 children and two adults at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday by a lone gunman, the victims began to be identified.
While some families have made desperate pleas online for help finding their missing children, other families have mourned the loss of loved ones following the Robb Elementary School massacre in the town of Uvalde, a seven square mile community located approximately 85 miles west of San Antonio. .
Some names of those killed began to emerge as night fell on Tuesday, often accompanied by pictures of smiling children.
Eva Mireles, fourth grade teacher
Eva Mireles, 44, was a fourth grade primary school teacher. Mireles is remembered as an “adventurous” mother and wife.
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“She was adventurous. I would definitely say these wonderful things about her. We will definitely miss her very much,” said Amber Ybarra, a 34-year-old relative from San Antonio.
Uziyah Garcia, 8-year-old student
Uziyah Garcia, an 8-year-old student, was killed by his grandfather, Manny Renfro.
“The sweetest little boy I’ve ever known,” Renfro said. “I’m not saying that just because he was my grandson.”
Renfro recalled Uziyah last visiting him in San Angelo during spring break and described how they enjoyed playing football together.
“We started throwing football together and I was teaching him passing patterns. Such a fast little boy and he could catch a ball so well,” Renfro said. “There were certain parts that I would call that he would remember and he would do it just like we practiced.”
Xavier Lopez, 10-year-old student
Xavier Lopez, a 10-year-old student, was mourned by family members who learned of his passing.
Xavier’s cousin, Lisa Garza, 54, of Arlington, Texas, said he was looking forward to spending the summer months swimming.
“He was just a loving 10-year-old boy, just enjoying life, not knowing that this tragedy was going to happen today,” she said. “He was very bubbly, loved dancing with his brothers, his mother. It just affected us all.”
Xavier’s uncle, Benito Martinez, told Fox News Digital that his nephew was an eccentric kid and reminded parents to cherish their loved ones.
“For anyone who has kids here, cherish those moments like your parents cherished you every day,” Martinez said. “Tomorrow is not promised, so make today worthwhile.”
Amerie Jo Garza, 10-year-old student
Amerie Jo Garza, 10, had just celebrated making the honor roll in her fourth grade class, according to a photo obtained by KSAT-TV. Amerie Jo’s father confirmed on Facebook that his daughter was killed after a desperate 7-hour search to find her, the outlet reported.
Angel Garza wrote on Facebook: “Thank you all for the prayers and help in trying to find my baby. She has been found. My little love is now flying high with the angels above. Please don’t Don’t take a second for granted. Hug your family. Tell them you love them. I love you Amerie jo. Watch over your little brother for me.”
Garza later posted, “I will never be happy or complete again.”
What we know so far
Officials did not immediately reveal a motive, but they identified the attacker as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, a resident of Uvalde. Law enforcement officials said Ramos acted alone and was killed by a Border Patrol agent who rushed into the school without waiting for backup.
The assault at Robb Elementary School was the deadliest shooting at an American elementary school since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, nearly a decade ago.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.