The names: 19 children, 2 teachers killed at Uvalde school

Crosses with the names of the victims of Tuesday's shooting are placed outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Thursday, May 26, 2022. The 18-year-old man who massacred 19 children and two teachers in Texas left a digital trail that hinted at what was to come.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Crosses with the names of the victims of Tuesday’s shooting are placed outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Thursday, May 26, 2022. The 18-year-old man who massacred 19 children and two teachers in Texas left a digital trail that hinted at what was to come. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Nineteen children were looking forward to a summer filled with Girl Scouts, soccer and video games. Two teachers were finishing a school year which they had started with joy and which had been so promising. Those are the 21 people who were killed Tuesday when an 18-year-old gunman barricaded himself in a fourth-grade classroom at Robb Elementary School in the southwest Texas town of Uvalde. Some families have agreed to share their stories with The Associated Press and other media. Others asked for privacy. Here are their names.

Nevaeh Alyssa Bravo, 10 years old

Her aunt noted that Nevaeh’s first name is sky spelled backwards. In a Facebook post, Yvonne White described Nevaeh and her friend Jailah Silguero as “Our angels”.

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Jacklyn Cazares, 9 years old

Javier Cazares said his daughter was someone who would give the “shirt off her back” to help someone. “She had a voice,” he says. “She didn’t like bullies, she didn’t like kids being bullied. In short, full of love. She had a big heart. Annabell Rodriguez, also a victim, was Jacklyn’s second cousin.

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Makenna Lee Elrod, 10 years old

Makenna’s father asked on Tuesday if he could go to the local funeral home to pick up his daughter because he feared ‘she may not be alive’, KTRK TV reported. His family then asked for confidentiality.

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Jose Manuel Flores Jr., 10 years old

Jose’s parents told CNN the 10-year-old was helpful at home and loved his younger siblings. “He was just really good with babies,” his mother said. His father told CNN that Jose loved baseball and video games and “was always full of energy.” A photo taken at school on Tuesday shows him smiling and proudly holding a certificate to show he made the honor roll.

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Eliahna Garcia, 10 years old

Eliahna’s loved ones recalled her love of family. “She was very happy and very outgoing,” said her aunt, Siria Arizmendi, a fifth-grade teacher at Flores Elementary School in the same district. “She liked to dance and play sports. She was big in the family, loved being with the family.

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Irma Garcia, 48 years old

Irma Garcia was completing her 23rd year of teaching at Robb Elementary School. In a letter posted on the school’s website at the start of the school year, Garcia told her students that she had been married for nearly a quarter of a century and that she and her husband, Joe, had four children – a Marine, a middle school student, a high school student and a seventh grader. She told students that she loves barbecuing, listening to music and going on country cruises with her husband. Thursday, Joe Garcia died of a heart attack, according to a nephew.

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Uziyah Garcia, 10 years old

Uziyah’s grandfather called him “the sweetest little boy I have ever known”. Manny Renfro said he last saw Uziyah when the boy came to his house during spring break. “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 plays that I would call that he would remember and he would do it just like we practiced.”

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Amerie Jo Garza, 10 years old

Amerie enjoyed painting, drawing and working with clay. “She was very creative,” her grandmother Dora Mendoza said. “It was my baby. Every time she saw flowers, she drew them. For her 10th birthday, Amerie received her first cell phone. Her father, Angel Garza, recalled that her face “just lit up of the happiest expression.” Garza said Amerie’s friend told him that Amerie tried to call the police on her phone before she was shot.

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Xavier Lopez, 10 years old

Xavier was looking forward to a summer of swimming. “He was just a loving little boy, enjoying life, not knowing this tragedy was going to happen,” said his cousin, Liza Garza. “He was very bubbly, loved dancing with his brothers, his mum. It just weighed on all of us.

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Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10 years old

Carmelo Quiroz’s grandson had begged to be allowed to join his grandmother on Tuesday as she accompanied his great-granddaughter’s kindergarten class to the San Antonio Zoo. But, he said, the family told Jayce it made no sense to cut school so close to the end of the year. Plus, Jayce loved school. “That’s why my wife is in so much pain, because he wanted to go to San Antonio,” Quiroz told USA Today. “He was so sad he couldn’t go. Maybe if he was gone, he would be here. He died with his cousin, Jailah Nicole Silguero.

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Tess Mata, 10 years old

Faith Mata told the Washington Post that her sister loves TikTok dance videos, Ariana Grande, the Houston Astros and having her hair curled.

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Maranda Mathis, 11 years old

A close friend’s mother described Maranda as “very loving and very talkative”. She told the Austin American Statesman that her daughter and Maranda had been in the same classes and that Maranda would ask to have her hair done like her daughter.

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Eva Mireles, 44 years old

In a post on the school’s website earlier this year, the fourth grade teacher said she had been teaching for 17 years. Mireles loved running and hiking. She said she and her husband, a school district police officer, have an adult daughter and three pets.

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Alithia Ramirez, 10.

Alithia Ramirez loved soccer, and she really loved drawing. Her dad Ryan Ramirez’s Facebook page includes a photo, now seen around the world, of the little girl wearing the multicolored t-shirt that announced she had run out of “simple numbers” after turning 10. The same photo was posted again on Wednesday without words, but with Alithia wearing angel wings.

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Annabelle Rodriguez, 10 years old

Polly Flores told The New York Times that her great-niece Annabell Rodriguez was an honor roll student and close to her second cousin Jacklyn Cazares.

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Maïté Rodriguez, 10 years old

After a tough time with Zoom classes during the pandemic, Maite Rodriguez made the honor roll for straight A’s and B’s this year and was recognized at an assembly on Tuesday, her mother, Ana Rodriguez, said. Maite was particularly fond of physical education, and after her death, her teacher texted Ana Rodriguez to tell her that she was very competitive at kickball and that she ran faster than all the boys. Her mother described Maite as “focused, competitive, smart, bright, beautiful, happy”. Maite wanted to be a marine biologist and after studying a program at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, she told her mother she wanted to study there.

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Alexandria “Lexi” Rubio, 10

Lexi’s mother, Kimberly Rubio, posted on Facebook that her daughter was honored for achieving all A grades and received a good citizen award at school ceremonies shortly before the shooting. The fourth grader was a softball and basketball player who wanted to be a lawyer. Lexi’s father, Felix Rubio, is a deputy in the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office. The couple told CNN they were among law enforcement responding to the shooting.

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Layla Salazar, 11 years old

Layla’s father said she enjoys running and swimming, dancing to TikTok videos and playing games like Minecraft and Roblox with friends. He said she had won all six of her dashes and hurdles races in the school’s last three annual field days. He said that every morning as he drove her to school in his van, he would play Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and they would sing along.

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Jailah Nicole Silguero, 10 years old

Jailah’s mother tearfully told Univision that her daughter didn’t want to go to school the day of the shooting and thought she might have sensed something was going to happen. Jailah and her cousin, Jayce Luevanos, died in the classroom.

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Eliahana Cruz Torres, 10 years old

Adolfo Torres told The Associated Press that his granddaughter, Eliahana, died in the shooting. The KIII television network reported that Eliahana was scheduled to play the last softball game of her season that day. Team members knelt for a moment of silence in remembrance of Eliahana and the other victims.

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Rojelio Torres, 10 years old

Rojelio Torres’ mother, Evadulia Orta, told ABC News that her son was a very smart and loving child. “I lost a piece of my heart,” she said.

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This story has been corrected to show that Uziyah Garcia was 10, not 8. It also corrects the spelling of another victim’s first name. Her name was Maranda Mathis, not Miranda Mathis.

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For more AP coverage of the Uvalde school shooting, go to https://apnews.com/hub/school-shootings

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