May 24, 2022 saw one of the deadliest shootings at an elementary school since our loved ones were murdered at Sandy Hook more than 10 years ago ripping apart over a dozen more families. This is the real, human toll to inaction. That’s why our work cannot stop. We cannot slow down. Too many precious lives are at risk if we do.
We continue to be grateful to have people like you by our side during these deeply painful moments in our country. Here are some facts about the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Who Were the Victims of the Massacre in Uvalde, Texas?
We grieve with the families of the innocent lives taken in yet another horrific tragedy. Nineteen more children will never come home from school. Two educators who gave their lives protecting their students. We know firsthand the unspeakable pain and darkness that descended on Uvalde.
Xavier Lopez was 10 years old. He was excited for summer so he could spend his days off swimming.
Uziyah Garcia was 9 years old. He loved video games and anything with wheels, and he had a talent for football.
Alexandria Aniyah Rubio was 10 years old. The day of the shooting, she had been recognized for making the school’s honor roll and had also received a good citizen award.
Tess Mata was 10 years old. She had been saving money for a trip to Disney World with her family.
Amerie Jo Garza was 10 years old. She loved nothing more than her family, especially her little brother.
Jose Flores was 10 years old. He loved going to school, and he received a certificate for making the school honor roll hours before the shooting.
Jayce Luevanos was 10 years old. He always had a smile on his face and he was full of life.
Jailah Nicole Silguero was 10 years old. She loved to dance.
Miranda Mathis was 11 years old. She was fun, spunky and smart.
Annabell Guadalupe Rodriquez was 10 years old. She was outgoing and was looking forward to the upcoming summer break from school.
Jackie Cazares was 10 years old. She was full of life and love.
Alithia Ramirez was 10 years old. She loved to draw.
Rojelio Torres was 10 years old. He was smart, hard-working and helpful.
Ellie Garcia was 10 years old. She was full of love and was a basketball player in the city’s youth league.
Makenna Lee Elrod was 10 years old. She loved tumbling, and her smile could light up a room.
Nevaeh Bravo was 10 years old. She put a smile on everyone’s faces.
Eliahana “Elijah” Cruz Torres was 10 years old. She was looking forward to her final softball game of the season on Tuesday, but she never made it.
Maite Yuleana Rodriquez was 10 years old. She was kind to others and had dreams of attending Texas A&M to become a marine biologist.
Layla Salazar was 10 years old. She won six races at her school’s field day and loved jamming to “Sweet Child O’ Mine” with her dad.
Eva Mireles was a fourth-grade teacher and mom who loved hiking and running.
Irma Garcia was a fourth-grade teacher and mom who loved to barbeque with her husband.
What Happened at the Shooting at Robb Elementary School?
- The 18-year-old suspect was a student at Uvalde High School in Uvalde, Texas.
- It has been reported that the alleged shooter showed warning signs. These included posting images of weapons on social media.
- It has also been reported that an AR-15 assault weapon was used in the massacre. This is the same kind of military-style weapon that was used at the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
- The alleged shooter was shot and killed by police officers at the scene and is believed to have acted alone, according to the Chief of Police in Uvalde.
Where Did the Texas School Shooting Happen?
- Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas teaches second through fourth grades. The school had 535 students in the 2020-21, according to state data.
- About 90% of students are Hispanic and about 81% are economically disadvantaged, the data shows.
- Uvalde County, located about 85 miles west of San Antonio, Texas, had a population of about 25,000 as of the 2020 census.
How You Can Help
Our hearts ache for the families and communities affected by gun violence. And our hearts ache knowing it didn’t have to be this way. Our hearts ache because we know gun violence is preventable. That’s why now, more than ever, we cannot waver in our commitment to protect more children from gun violence. We must do more.
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