News Update: Uvalde, TX: Remembering the victims of the deadly shooting on the campus of Robb Elementary School.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)

Source: Texas Department of Public Safety (Information)

Uvalde, Texas: We are remembering the victims of the deadly shooting on the campus of Robb Elementary School that left 21 people killed, including 19 children and 2 adults, on Tuesday, May 24th, 2022 by an 18 year old gunman.

The community and a nation mourns and remembers the innocent lives taken away; from dropping off flowers, balloons and mementos in front of the school and town square to visuals being held in cities across the Nation; the victims are being remembered.

The funerals start on Tuesday, May 31st, 2022 and will take place daily until Thursday, June 16th, 2022.

***** The following is the list of the victims and some details about them (More information will be added as they are available): *****

– Nevaeh Bravo, 10 Years Old:

Nevaeh Bravo was a fourth grade student at Robb Elementary School.

Her aunt noted that Nevaeh’s first name is heaven spelled backward.

In a Facebook posting, Yvonne White described Nevaeh and her friend Jailah Silguero as “Our Angels.”

Visitation and Funeral Service:

May 31 and June 1: Visitation from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Hillcrest Funeral Home.

June 2: Funeral Mass at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery.

 

– Jacklyn “Jackie” Cazares, 9 Years Old:

Jacklyn “Jackie” Cazares was in the fourth grade student at Robb Elementary School, and had recently celebrated her first communion.

Her father, Javier, told the Associated Press that while she hadn’t yet reached her 10th birthday, she was already a tough-minded “firecracker” always looking to help people in need.

Jacklyn “Jackie” Cazares was in the same class as her cousin, Annabelle Rodriguez, who was also killed during the deadly school shooting.

Visitation and Funeral Service:

June 2: Visitation from 2-9 p.m. at Rushing-Estes Knowles Mortuary.

June 3: Funeral Mass 2pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery.

 

– Makenna Lee Elrod, 10 Years Old:

Makenna Lee Elrod loved to play softball, do gymnastics, sing and dance.

Makenna’s aunt, Allison McCullough, told ABC News that her smile would light up a room.

Visitation and Funeral Service:

June 3: Visitation from 2-9 p.m. at Rushing-Estes Knowles Mortuary.

June 4: Funeral service at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church. Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery.

 

– Jose Flores Jr., 10 Years Old:

Jose Flores Jr. was a fourth grade student at Robb Elementary School, loved to play baseball and video games, and was helpful around the house and loved his younger siblings.

Jose Flores Jr. received an award for making the honor roll just hours before the deadly school shooting.

Visitation and Funeral Service:

May 31: Visitation from 2:30-10 p.m. at Hillcrest Funeral Home.

June 1: Funeral Mass at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery.

 

– Eliahna ‘Ellie’ Garcia, 9 Years Old:

Eliahna “Ellie” Garcia was loved to dance and play sports including playing basketball, loved making TikToks, her father Steven Garcia, and wanted to be a cheerleader.

Her aunt, Siria Arizmendi, told the Associated Press that Eliahna “Ellie” Garcia was very happy and very outgoing, and was big into family, enjoyed being with the family.

Eliahna “Ellie” Garcia was about to turn 10 years old and couldn’t wait for her quinceañera.

Eliahna “Ellie” Garcia was the second oldest of five girls and loved spending time with her sisters.

Visitation and Funeral Service:

June 5: Visitation from 2-9 p.m. at Rushing-Estes Knowles Mortuary.

June 6: Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery.

 

– Irma Garcia, 48 Years Old:

Irma Garcia was a fourth-grade teacher at the elementary school, and this year marked her 23rd year of teaching.

According to her school biography, Irma Garcia taught for five years with fellow teacher Eva Mireles who also killed during the deadly school shooting.

Irma Garcia was married for 24 years to her husband Joe Garcia and have 4 children.

Irma Garcia loved to BBQ with my husband, listen to music, and take country cruises to Concan.

Just 2 days after the deadly school shooting, Garcia’s husband died suddenly.

Irma Garcia’s family said it was a heart attack caused by grief.

Visitation and Funeral Service:

May 31: Visitation begins at 3 p.m. followed by the Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes Knowles Mortuary.

June 1: Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Please Note: Services for Garcia’s husband, Jose Antonio Garcia, will be held at the same time.

 

– Uziyah Garcia, 10 Years Old:

Uziyah Garcia loved football and visiting his grandfather in San Angelo.

His grandfather, Manny Renfro, told the Associated Press that Uziyah Garcia was “the sweetest little boy that I’ve ever known.”

Manny Renfro said he 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. There were certain plays that I would call that he would remember and he would do it exactly like we practiced,” Manny Renfro told the Associated Press.

Visitation and Funeral Service:

No services have been scheduled as of this posting. Gutierrez Funeral Chapels in San Angelo will be handling arrangements.

 

– Amerie Jo Garza, 10 Years Old:

Amerie Jo Garza loved to paint, swim, draw and work in clay, and loved Chick-Fil-A and the vanilla bean frappuccinos from Starbucks.

Her grandmother, Dora Mendoza, told the Associated Press that she was very creative, and whenever she saw flowers she would draw them.

Her father, Angel Garza, said on her 10th birthday, Amerie Jo Garza was given her first cellphone and her face just lit up with the happiest expression.

Amerie Jo Garza wanted to become an art teacher.

Reports that Amerie had tried to call the police on her phone before she was shot.

Visitation and Funeral Service:

May 30: Visitation from 12-9 p.m. Rosary at 7 p.m. at Hillcrest Funeral Home.

May 31: Funeral Mass at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

 

– Xavier Javier Lopez, 10 Years Old:

Xavier Javier Lopez was a fourth grade student at Robb Elementary School, loved art, basketball and baseball, loved dancing with his siblings and mother, was funny and loved to cheer people up, and was looking forward to a summer full of swimming.

His mother, Felicha Martinez, told The Washington Post that was with him at the school during an awards ceremony just hours before the deadly school shooting, not realizing it would be the last time she would see him.

His cousin, Liza Garza, told the Associated Press that, “He was just a loving … little boy, just enjoying life, not knowing that this tragedy was going to happen. He was very bubbly, loved to dance with his brothers, his mom. This has just taken a toll on all of us.”

Visitation and Funeral Service:

June 6: Visitation at 3 p.m. at Rushing-Estes Knowles Mortuary.

June 7: Funeral service at 10 a.m. Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery.

 

– Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10 Years Old:

Jayce Carmelo Luevanos was cousins with Jaliah Silguero.

In a statement, Jaliah Silguero told ABC News that, “They were nothing but loving baby angels, always had a smile on their face just full of life. I can’t believe this happened to our angels.”

Jayce’s grandfather, Carmelo Quiroz’s, said he had begged to be allowed to join his grandmother on Tuesday (May 24) as she accompanied her great-granddaughter’s kindergarten class to the San Antonio Zoo.

But, Carmelo Quiroz said, the family told Jayce it didn’t make sense to skip school so close to the end of the year.

Carmelo Quiroz told USA Today, “That’s why my wife is hurting so much, because he wanted to go to San Antonio. He was so sad he couldn’t go. Maybe if he would have gone, he’d be here.”

Visitation and Funeral Service:

June 1: Visitation from 2-9 p.m. at Hillcrest Funeral Home.

June 2: Visitation from 12-9 pm. at Hillcrest Funeral Home.

June 3: Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery.

 

– Tess Mata, 10 Years Old:

Tess Mata was a fan of the Houston Astros.

Tess’ mom said her daughter had the biggest smile ever and was an awesome little girl.

According to the Washington Post, Tess Mata had been saving up in hopes of taking a family vacation to Disney World.

Visitation and Funeral Service:

June 12: Visitation at 3 p.m. followed by Rosary at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes Knowles Mortuary.

June 13: Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery.

 

– Maranda Mathis, 11 Years Old:

Maranda Mathis was sweet person, smart, enjoyed being within nature and spending time outdoors.

In her obituary, her family described Maranda Mathis as having a huge, loving heart; and those who knew Maranda, knew her great imagination and often expressed her love for unicorns and mermaids, especially if they were her favorite color purple.

Visitation and Funeral Service:

June 2: Funeral service at 2 p.m. at Rushing-Estes Knowles Mortuary.

 

– Eva Mireles, 44 Years Old:

Eva Mireles was a fourth-grade teacher at Robb Elementary School, and has been an educator for 17 years, and co-taught with fellow fourth grade teacher Irma Garcia for 5 years.

Eva Mireles was married to a Uvalde CISD police officer and was loving mother to a daughter, loved her pets and loved running and hiking.

Audrey Garcia, whose daughter was a former student of 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.

Visitation and Funeral Service:

June 9: Visitation will be held from 3-9 p.m. at Rushing-Estes Knowles Mortuary.

June 10: Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery.

 

– Alithia Ramirez, 10 Years Old:

Alithia Ramirez loved to draw and wanted to be an artist, loved soccer, and had recently submitted a drawing to the Doodle for Google contest.

Her father Ryan Ramirez said they were trying to get family together because that’s what my daughter would want us right now to do, is to be strong.

Visitation and Funeral Service:

June 4: Visitation from 2-9 p.m. at Rushing-Estes Knowles Mortuary.

June 5: Funeral service at 3 p.m. at First Baptist. Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery.

 

– Annabell Rodriguez, 10 Years Old:

Annabell Rodriguez was outgoing, loved being the center of attention and earned her place on the school’s honor roll earlier that day.

Annabell Rodriguez was killed along with her cousin Jackie.

Visitation and Funeral Service:

June 7: Visitation from 12-9 p.m. at Rushing-Estes Knowles Mortuary.

June 8: Funeral service at 12 p.m. at Rushing-Estes Knowles Mortuary. Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery.

 

– Maite Rodriguez, 10 Years Old:

 

Maite Rodriguez liked physical education, and dreamed of attending Texas A&M University and studying marine biology.

Her mother Ana Rodriguez described Maite as “focused, competitive, smart, bright, beautiful, happy.”

Ana Rodriguez told the Associated Press that after a rough time with Zoom classes during the COVID-19 pandemic, Maite made the honor roll for straight As and Bs this year and was recognized at an assembly on Tuesday (May 24).

Her teacher, Ana Rodriguez said she was highly competitive at kickball and ran faster than all the boys.

Visitation and Funeral Service:

May 30: Visitation from 2-9 p.m. at Rushing-Estes Knowles Mortuary

May 31: Visitation from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes Knowles Mortuary. Funeral service at 7 p.m.

 

– Alexandria Aniyah Rubio, 10 Years Old:

Alexandria Aniyah Rubio went by Lexi, was a fourth-grader and honor student at Robb Elementary School, played softball and basketball, and wanted to be a lawyer.

Alexandria Aniyah Rubio was killed in the deadly school shooting on the same day she received a good citizen award from her school.

Her mother, Kimberly Mata-Rubio wrote on Facebook the day her daughter died, “My beautiful, smart, Alexandria Aniyah Rubio was recognized today for All-A honor roll. She also received the good citizen award. We told her we loved her and would pick her up after school. We had no idea this was goodbye.”

Her father, Felix, told ABC News that he is a Uvalde County Sheriff’s deputy and was off-duty when the deadly school shooting happened.

He raced to the school, made it inside, and noticed the police presence outside his daughter’s classroom.

Visitation and Funeral Service:

June 10: Visitation from 3-9 p.m. at Rushing-Estes Knowles Mortuary.

June 11: Funeral service at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church. Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery.

 

– Layla Salazar, 10 Years Old:

Layla Salazar loved to swim and dance to Tik Tok videos.

Her father Vincent Salazar said his 10-year-old daughter was fast winning six races at the school’s field day.

Each morning as he drove her to school in his pickup, Vincent Salazar would play “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” by Guns N’ Roses and they’d sing along.

“She was just a whole lot of fun,” said Vincent Salazar.

Visitation and Funeral Service:

June 15: Visitation begins at 2 p.m. followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes Knowles Mortuary.

June 16: Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery

 

Jaliah Nicole Silguero, 10 Years Old:

Jaliah Nicole Silguero liked to watch TikTok videos and spend time outdoors.

Her mother, Veronica Luevanos, told Univision in a tearful interview that her daughter did not want to go to school Tuesday and that the girl seemed to sense something was going to happen.

Visitation and Funeral Service:

June 1: Visitation from 2-9 p.m. at Hillcrest Funeral Home

June 2: Visitation from 12-9 pm. at Hillcrest Funeral Home

June 3: Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment at Hillcrest cemetery.

 

– Eliahana Cruz Torres, 10 Years Old:

Eliahana Cruz Torres played softball and she wore No. 4 on the field, and was hoping to make the city’s all-star roster.

Television station KIII-TV ABC 3 reported that Eliahana Cruz Torres was set to play the last softball game of her season that day.

The team members kneeled for a moment of silence to remember Eliahana and the other victims.

A family member told The New York Times that, “She was an amazing young girl with so much potential. She was a leader and loved by all her family.”

Visitation and Funeral Service:

June 1: Visitation from 2-9 pm. followed by a prayer service at Rushing-Estes Knowles Mortuary.

June 2: Funeral service at 11 a.m. at Rushing-Estes Knowles Mortuary. Interment at Hillcrest.

 

– Rojelio Torres, 10 Years Old:

Rojelio Torres’ mother, Evadulia Orta, told ABC News that her son was a very smart and loving child.

Visitation and Funeral Service:

Visitation for Rojelio will be held on Friday June 3, 2022 at Rushing Estes Knowles, from 3:00PM – 9:00PM with a Prayer Service to be held at 4:00PM. A Funeral Service will be held at Rushing Estes Knowles on Saturday June 4, 2022 at 10:00AM with Pastor Jaime Cabralez officiating.

June 3: Visitation from 3-9 p.m. with a prayer service at 4 p.m. at Rushing-Estes Knowles Mortuary.

June 4: Funeral service at 10 a.m. at Rushing-Estes Knowles Mortuary. Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery.

 

*** ZachNews will continue to share their stories when their families release the information. ***

ZachNews and the Needles, California as well as the Colorado River Tri-State area communities stands with the families and friends of the victims and send out condolences to you all.

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