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Remembering the victims of the Uvalde elementary school shooting 

Instead of making summer plans, the families of 19 school children and at least one teacher at Robb Elementary in Uvalde are making funeral plans.

Their young, innocent lives were ended by an 18-year-old gunman with just two days left in the school year during what is now the deadliest elementary school shooting since Sandy Hook.

All of the victims were in the same fourth-grade classroom.

Before they were victims, they were children, brothers, sisters, and elementary school students.

Here’s what we know about them.

Uziyah Garcia, 8-year-old student

This March 2022 photo provided by Manny Renfro shows his grandson, Uziyah Garcia, while on spring break in San Angelo, Texas. The 8-year-old  was among those killed in Tuesday's shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24 in Uvalde, Texas. (Manny Renfro via AP)
This March 2022 photo provided by Manny Renfro shows his grandson, Uziyah Garcia, while on spring break in San Angelo, Texas. The 8-year-old was among those killed in Tuesday’s shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24 in Uvalde, Texas. (Manny Renfro via AP) (Manny Renfro)

Uziyah Garcia was an 8-year-old student at the elementary school, according to the Associated Press. His grandfather, Manny Renfro, confirmed his identity.

“The sweetest little boy that I’ve ever known,” Renfro said. “I’m not just saying that because he was my grandkid.”

Renfro said Uziyah last visited him in San Angelo during spring break.

“We started throwing the football together and I was teaching him pass patterns. Such a fast little boy and he could catch a ball so good,” Renfro said. “There were certain plays that I would call that he would remember and he would do it exactly like we practiced.”

Amerie Jo Garza, 10-year-old 4th grade student

Amerie Jo Garza, 10, is one of the 19 Robb Elementary School students killed in Uvalde on May 24, 2022.
Amerie Jo Garza, 10, is one of the 19 Robb Elementary School students killed in Uvalde on May 24, 2022. (Garza family)

Amerie Jo Garza, 10, was just finishing her 4th-grade year at Robb Elementary. Her father waited hours for news about her whereabouts after Tuesday’s shooting only to learn that she was among the victims.

Angel Garza, her father, wrote on Facebook: “Thank you everyone for the prayers and help trying to find my baby. She’s been found. My little love is now flying high with the angels above. Please don’t take a second for granted. Hug your family. Tell them you love them. I love you Amerie jo. Watch over your baby brother for me.”

Xavier Lopez, 10-year-old 4th-grade student

Xavier Lopez, 10, is one of 19 children killed on May 24, 2022 in the shooting at his Uvalde elementary school.
Xavier Lopez, 10, is one of 19 children killed on May 24, 2022 in the shooting at his Uvalde elementary school. (Lopez family)

The first student to be identified by family as one of the 19 killed on Tuesday is Xavier Lopez. His family said he was in fourth grade.

His mother was with him at the school during an awards ceremony just hours before the shooting, not realizing it would be the last time she would see him.

Nevaeh Bravo

Robb Elementary School  victim Nevaeh Bravo

Someone who said they are Nevaeh Brown’s cousin paid tribute to the fourth-grader on Facebook.

Emily Grace Ayala wrote: “Our Nevaeh has been found.

“She is flying with the angels above.

“We love you Navaeh very much princess.”

Eva Mireles, 4th-grade teacher

Eva Mireles, 4th grade teacher at Robb Elementary school was among the victims of the May 24, 2022 school shooting in Uvalde.
Eva Mireles, 4th grade teacher at Robb Elementary school was among the victims of the May 24, 2022 school shooting in Uvalde. (Lydia Martinez Delgado)

According to her bio on the school’s employee page, Mireles was married to a Uvalde CISD police officer and had one daughter. She loved her pets and loved running and hiking.

Audrey Garcia, whose daughter was a former student of Eva Mireles, said she was the best teacher her child has ever had.

Garcia’s daughter is diagnosed with Down Syndrome, and Mireles was constantly going the extra mile for her daughter and integrated her into her classroom, she said.

“My niece, Eva Mireles, approximately 17 yr teacher for UCISD along with another teacher and 18 children lost her lives to a senseless tragic shooting. I’m furious that these shooting continue, these children are innocent, rifles should not be easily available to all. This is a my hometown a small community of less then 20,000. I never imagined this would happen to especially to loved ones. not all the facts have been released yet all we can do is pray hard for our country, state, schools and especially the families of all, ” said Lydia Martinez Delgado, aunt of Eva Mireles.

Eliahana Cruz Torres

Eliahana Cruz Torres was one of 19 children and 2 adults killed in Uvalde at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022.
Eliahana Cruz Torres was one of 19 children and 2 adults killed in Uvalde at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022. (Torres family)

The family of Eliahana Cruz Torres learned late Tuesday night that she was one of the children who was killed.

Rojelio Torres, 10-years-old

Rojelio Torres, 10, was killed by a gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on May 24, 2022.
Rojelio Torres, 10, was killed by a gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on May 24, 2022. (Torres family)

“Our entire family waited almost 12 hours since the shooting to find out Rojelio Torres my 10 year old nephew, was killed in this tragedy. We are devastated and heartbroken. Rojer was a very intelligent, hard-working and helpful person. He will be missed and never forgotten,” said Precious Perez, Rojelio’s aunt.

Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10-years-old

Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, a third grade student was also killed during the shooting, family members told KHOU of Houston.

Ellie Lugo

Ellie Lugo
Image:Ellie Lugo

Someone who said they are Ellie Lugo’s father has paid tribute to the schoolgirl, who has been named as one of the child victims.

Writing on Facebook, Steven Garcia said: “It’s hard to issue out a statement on anything right now my mind is going at 1000 miles per hour but I do wanna send our thoughts and prayers to those who also didn’t make it home tonight!!!

“Our Ellie was a doll and was the happiest ever. I was gonna DJ for her at her party like she wanted me too!!!

“Mom and Dad love you never forget that and please try and stay by our side Amor!!!! Send prayers to all UVALDE we really need it!!!!”

Jennifer Lugo, who said she is Ellie’s mother, added on Facebook: “My heart is shatter to pieces.

“I love you baby girl I will never stop thinking of you!!”

Rogelio Torres, 10 

Rojelio Torres

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help Rogelio Torres’s parents with the costs of his funeral.

He was named as one of the 19 children killed by a gunman in Texas on 24 May.

Irma Garcia, School Teacher

Irma Garcia was the second teacher killed in the attack, according to her son Christian Garcia.

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

Her son told NBC that a friend in law enforcement who was at the scene saw Mrs Garcia shielding her student.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help her family.

The page described the teacher as “fun with the greatest personality”, who “sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom. She was a hero”.


There are other children and one adult who were killed in the shooting. We will share their stories when their families release the information.

ABC News contributed to the reporting in this story.

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