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Texas school shooting: second teacher and first student victims named after 21 killed at Uvalde elementary school – latest updates


Jon Henley

Jon Henley

Jon Henley has rounded up for us some of the tributes paid to the first victims to be named after the shooting at Uvalde’s Robb elementary school:

The family of Uziyah Garcia said the eight-year-old boy was among those who died. “The sweetest little boy that I’ve ever known,” Garcia’s grandfather, Manny Renfro, told the Associated Press.

Renfro said he had last seen his grandson when he came to visit during spring break. “We started throwing the football together and I was teaching him pass patterns,” he said. “Such a fast little boy and he could catch a ball so good.”

Uziyah Garcia pictured earlier this year.
Uziyah Garcia pictured earlier this year. Photograph: Manny Renfro/AP

Xavier Javier Lopez, 10, was also killed in the shooting, his cousin, Lisa Garza, 54, from Arlington in Texas, said. “He was just a loving 10-year-old little boy, just enjoying life, not knowing that this tragedy was going to happen today,” Garza said.

“He was very bubbly, loved to dance with his brothers, his mom. This has just taken a toll on all of us.” Garza told local ABC News affiliate that her cousin’s mother had been with him during an awards ceremony at the school hours before the shooting.

The father of Amerie Jo Garza, who celebrated her 10th birthday just over a fortnight ago, identified his daughter as another of the children killed. “Thank you everyone for the prayers and help trying to find my baby,” Angel Garza told ABC News.

“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.”

Read more here: ‘The sweetest little boy’: families’ desolation at Texas school shooting

The Washington Post is carrying some quotes from Erika Escamilla, 26, who had been at the school waiting to hear news of her niece and two nephews. She told reporters they were all safe.

However she said of her 10-year-old niece, who was in the classroom next door to the shooting and witnessed the scene: “She’s traumatized. She said she felt like she was having a heart attack. She saw blood everywhere.”

In Joe Biden’s address to the US nation last night he said “I had hoped when I became president I would not have to do this, again. Another massacre.”

Vice president, Kamala Harris, also spoke on the issue last night. She was delivering the keynote address at the Aipacs annual awards gala. She said:

There are parents who have lost children. Families that have lost their loved ones. And many others may have been injured.

So, I would normally say in a moment like this – we would all say, naturally – that our hearts break. But our hearts keep getting broken, you know. There’s so many elected leaders in this room. You know what I’m talking about. Every time a tragedy like this happens, our hearts break, and our broken hearts are nothing compared to the broken hearts of those families.

And yet it keeps happening. So, I think we all know, and have said many times with each other, enough is enough.

Enough is enough.

As a nation, we have to have the courage to take action and understand the nexus between what makes for reasonable and sensible public policy. To ensure something like this never happens again.

Alexander Bolton has written for The Hill that it seems inevitable there will have to be a major floor debate on gun control. He quotes Montana’s Democrat Sen Jon Tester as saying:

The bottom line is I just watched a girl walk across the plaza that held up a sign that said, ‘This is your fault.’ We need to do something.

Bolton reminds us that:

Two proposals to expand and strengthen background checks that passed the House in March of 2021 have sat in limbo for more than a year as Democratic senators have shown little appetite for a partisan battle over gun control. One Democratic senator said fellow Democrats are reluctant to hold votes on gun-control measures that can’t muster 60 votes to overcome a filibuster because it makes them look weak and ineffective.

Second teacher named as first student victims of shooting identified

Media outlets in the US have named Irma Garcia as the second adult victim of the mass shooting at Robb elementary school in Uvalde.

Her school profile says that she taught at the school for 23 years, and was married with four children. On the school website she says “I am so excited to begin this new school year already” and shares with her pupils that she “loves to BBQ with my husband, listen to music, and take country cruises to Concan.”

According to NBC, her son was told by a friend of his in law enforcement that Garcia had been shielding her students.

Garcia was the co-teacher of fourth-grade teacher Eva Mireles, who was earlier confirmed as one of the adults killed in the attack.

  • At least 19 young students and two adults have been killed in a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde in Texas.
  • An 18-year-old suspect, identified by police as Salvador Ramos, opened fire at Robb elementary school, which is in a mostly Latino community about 85 miles west of San Antonio near the Mexico border, around 11.30am on Tuesday. Police said the suspect was killed, apparently by arriving officers.
  • Fourth-grade teacher Eva Mireles has been confirmed as one of the adults killed in the attack. “I’m furious that these shootings continue,” her aunt said in a statement reported by ABC News. “These children are innocent. Rifles should not be easily available to all.”
  • Names of the first student victims are also beginning to emerge. Eight-year-old Uziyah Garcia and Xavier Javier Lopez, 10, were confirmed by the Associated Press to have been killed after speaking with members of their families. Amerie Jo Garza, also 10, was identified by family as one of the children killed, according to ABC news. Jose Flores, aged 10, has also been named as a victim by his uncle.
  • The parents of the schoolchildren have had to wait for hours in a parking lot to receive the news that their children are dead after being swabbed for DNA, according to New York Times reporter, Jazmine Ulloa.
  • Police say the suspect had crashed his car near the school. The motive was not immediately clear and it is believed he acted alone. Gutierrez said the suspect shot his grandmother at her home in the morning. She is believed to be in critical condition in hospital, Sgt Erick Estrada told CNN’s Don Lemon.
  • The suspected gunman bought two rifles on his 18th birthday, Gutierrez told reporters after he was briefed by Texas Rangers. “That was the first thing he did on his 18th birthday,” Gutierrez said, adding that Ramos had hinted on social media that an attack could be coming. The suspect had posted images of himself with the weapons to Instagram.
  • Joe Biden addressed the nation on Tuesday night. The president delivered an emotional speech, calling for “common sense” gun laws and said: “As a nation we have to ask, when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God’s name will we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?”
  • Former president Barack Obama said “it’s long past time for action” on gun violence in the US. “We’re also angry for them. Nearly ten years after Sandy Hook– and ten days after Buffalo – our country is paralyzed, not by fear, but by a gun lobby and a political party that have shown no willingness to act in any way that might help prevent these tragedies.”
  • Condolences have been expressed by world leaders including Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Germany’s chancellor Olaf Scholz, and Israel’s president Isaac Herzog.
  • Pope Francis said he was “heartbroken by the massacre” and said “It is time to say ‘enough’ to the indiscriminate trafficking of weapons. Let us all make a commitment so that tragedies like this cannot happen again.

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