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Third grader, 3 fourth graders, 2 teachers among those killed at Uvalde Elementary School


Victims shot and killed at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday include 19 children – at least three of whom were fourth graders – and two teachers trying to protect them, relatives told media.

Students and educators were days away from the end of the school year when they were gunned down Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, west of San Antonio.

Eva Mireles, left, and Irma GarciaRobb Elementary School via Facebook

Eva Mireles, who taught fourth grade, had been an educator for 17 years, according to her profile at Robb Elementary.

Mireles was “trying to protect her students” from the shooter, an insider told The New York Times.

Lydia Martinez Delgado, Mireles’ aunt, said her niece was an avid hiker who took pride in teaching Latino students, The Times reported.

Third grader, 3 fourth graders, 2 teachers among those killed at Uvalde Elementary School
Ouziyah GarciaNikki Cross

Martinez Delgado told KSAT-TV of San Antonio that she was “furious” about the shooting and others, saying, “These kids are innocent. Guns should not be readily available to everyone. This is my hometown, a small community of less than 20,000 people. I never imagined that this would happen especially to loved ones.

Mireles’ co-teacher, Irma Garcia, was killed, according to her son, Christian Garcia.

Third grader, 3 fourth graders, 2 teachers among those killed at Uvalde Elementary School
Xavier LopezLopez family via KSAT

Irma Garcia taught at the school for 23 years, according to her school profile. She had four children and loved barbecuing with her husband and listening to music.

His son said a law enforcement friend who was at the scene saw Garcia protecting his students.

Three fourth-grade students were also among the dead, relatives confirmed to the media.

Third grader, 3 fourth graders, 2 teachers among those killed at Uvalde Elementary School
Amerie Jo GarzaGarza family via KSAT

Uziyah Garcia was identified by his aunt, Nikki Cross, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

Xavier Lopez, 10, had attended an awards ceremony with his mother hours before filming, KSAT reported.

Amerie’s father Jo Garza, 9, identified her to NBC News as one of the victims. She was about to complete fourth grade, according to KSAT.

Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10, a third-grade student was killed, family members told KHOU of Houston.

Third grader, 3 fourth graders, 2 teachers among those killed at Uvalde Elementary School
Annabell Guadalupe RodriguezRodriguez family via KHOU

The other 15 children who were killed were not immediately identified.

“My heart was broken today,” Hal Harrell, headmaster of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School, told reporters. “We are a small community. And we will need your prayers to get us out of this.

The shooter allegedly shot his grandmother before driving to the school and “shooting everyone in front of him,” said Lt. Chris Olivarez of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The grandmother was hospitalized in critical condition, he said.

More than a dozen other people, including children and law enforcement officers, were also injured.

Janelle Griffith, Kurt Chirbas, Irene Byon and Sara Mhaidli contributed.

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