‘He told my teacher goodnight, and shot her in the head’: Uvalde survivor, 11, recounts massacre

‘He told my teacher goodnight, and shot her in the head’: Uvalde massacre survivor, 11, tells Congress she ‘grabbed blood and put it all over’ her Lilo and Stitch shirt because she thought gunman would return and says ‘it will happen again’

Uvalde school shooting survivor Miah Cerrillo, 11, recounted to Congress on Wednesday the massacre at her elementary school last month ‘[He] told my teacher ‘goodnight’ and shot her in the head,’ Cerrillo explained of the mass shooting‘I thought he was going to come back to the room,’ she said in pre-recorded remarks played before the panel. ‘So I grabbed the blood and I put it all over me’The shooting in Uvalde, Texas last month left 19 students and two teachers dead and many more injured A separate shooting at a Buffalo, New York supermarket that left 10 people dead 







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Uvalde school shooting survivor Miah Cerrillo, 11, recounted to Congress on Wednesday the horror of the massacre where she covered herself in blood to trick the shooter into thinking she was dead.

The fourth grader insisted during a hearing to the House Oversight and Reform Committee that there will be more school shootings and said that she doesn’t feel safe at school because she thinks it will happen again.

In her harrowing pre-recorded testimony Cerrillo revealed how she watched her teacher get shot in the head, and saw her friend gunned down before covering her Lilo and Stitch shirt in her classmate’s blood.

The youngster also pleaded for more safety in schools after the pediatrician who cared for her after the massacre told the hearing how she was sitting in the hospital emergency room in shock and was shaking because of the adrenaline.

Cerrillo was speaking alongside relatives of victims of the Uvalde and Buffalo massacres, doctors, and experts in gun safety as Congress tries to come to a deal on gun control legislation in closed-door negotiations.

‘[The shooter] shot the little window and then he moved to the other classrooms and then he went – there’s a door between our classrooms – and he went through there. Then shot my teacher and told my teacher ‘goodnight’ and shot her in the head,’ Cerrillo explained of the mass shooting.

‘And then he shot some of my classmates and the white board. When I went to the backpacks, he shot my friend that was next to me and I thought he was going to come back to the room,’ she continued in pre-recorded remarks that were played before the panel .’So I grabbed the blood and I put it all over me.’

‘I stayed quiet and then I got my teachers’ phone and called 9-1-1… and told her that we need help,’ Cerrillo said, claiming at that point police came to her classroom.

On May 24, 2022, Salvador Ramos, 18, opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 elementary-aged students and two teachers and injuring several others. Before going to the school he shot his grandmother – who survived.

Ramos was shot dead by law enforcement.

Uvalde school shooting survivor Miah Cerrillo, 11, recounted to Congress on Wednesday the massacre at her elementary school last month that left 21 people dead and many more injured

Democratic Representative Robin Kelly of Illinois wiped tears from her eyes Wednesday during Cerrillo’s testimony about the massacre in Uvalde

‘[He] told my teacher ‘goodnight’ and shot her in the head,’ Cerrillo explained in pre-recorded testimony played before the panel on Wednesday. ‘I thought he was going to come back to the room. So I grabbed the blood and I put it all over me’

The Robb Elementary School student’s father appeared before the House Oversight Committee to briefly speak on the tragedy following two mass shooting last month

DOJ names team to investigate law enforcement response to the Uvalde massacre 

The Justice Department has named a team of nine people, including an FBI official and former police chiefs, to aid in a review of the law enforcement response to the Uvalde, Texas, elementary school shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead.

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the team during a meeting in his office in Washington on Wednesday. The critical incident review is being led by the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

The review will include an examination of police policies, training and communication, along with the deployment of officers and tactics, the Justice Department said. 

It will also examine who was in command of the incident and how police prepared for potential active-shooter incidents.

In a statement, the Justice Department said it was committed to ‘moving as expeditiously as possible in the development of the report.’ Officials said the team would conduct a complete reconstruction of the shooting; review all relevant documents, including policies, photos and videos; conduct a visit to the school; and interview an array of witnesses and families of the victims, along with police, school and government officials.

‘Nothing can undo the pain that has been inflicted on the loved ones of the victims, the survivors and the entire community of Uvalde,’ Garland said in a statement. ‘But the Justice Department can and will use its expertise and independence to assess what happened and to provide guidance moving forward.’

The review was requested by Uvalde´s mayor. Such a review is somewhat rare, and most after-action reports that come after a mass shooting are generally compiled by local law enforcement agencies or outside groups. 

The Justice Department conducted similar reviews after 14 people were killed in a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, in 2015 and after the mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the deadliest attack on the LGBTQ community in U.S. history, which left 49 people dead and 53 people wounded in 2016.


Cerrillo pleaded for more security at her school, nodding her head when her father asked if she thought ‘it’s going to happen again.’

In the second part of the hearing, lawmakers on the panel were given the opportunity to question experts in the field both in favor of and opposed to implementing stricter gun reform laws.

Progressive Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during that period of the hearing called it ‘globally embarrassing’ that the U.S. has so many mass shootings – and in particular shootings at schools.

‘Between 2009 and 2018, how many school shootings did the US have?’ the New York lawmakers asked Rebecca Pringle, president of the national education association.

Pringle replied: ‘288.’

‘Now let’s look globally,’ Ocasio-Cortez said. ‘Our G-7 partners – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom – combined, how many school shootings did those countries have?’

‘Five – 50 times more,’ the witness said.

‘In almost 10 years – 288 versus 5. This is not normal,’ the congresswoman insisted.

‘Not only is it not normal, it is internationally embarrassing and delegitimizing to the United States,’ she continued. ‘Because for all the billions and trillions this body authorizes in the name of national security, we can’t even keep our kids safe from their schools being turned into a war zone.’

Another panel member, Democratic Representative Katie Porter of California, insisted that guns be regulated like other consumer products – specifically pointing to Peloton exercise equipment.

Porter said that in the span of five years between 2015 and 2020 there were at least 2,070 unintentional shootings by children, which led to childrens’ deaths in 765 of those cases.

‘A consumer product that causes this much harm to the public would normally be subject to a recall,’ Porter said.

‘After one child died using a Peloton treadmill last year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission intervened and recalled the product,’ she added. ‘But when hundreds of children die using guns, there is no federal response.’

Federal law prohibits the Consumer Product Safety Commission from regulating guns and Porter noted that it is ‘absurd’ there are currently no federal safety standards when it comes to firearms.

She said the Consumer Product Safety Commission is ‘the agency responsible for protecting the public from dangerous products’ and insinuated firearms should fall into that category for regulation.

Dr. Roy Guerrero, a pediatrician in Uvalde, Texas, testified before the committee during the first part on Wednesday and detailed his care of Cerrillo and other children rushed to the hospital in the aftermath of the shooting.

‘As I entered the chaos of the ER, the first casualty I came across was Miah Cerrillo,’ Guerrero recalled. ‘She was sitting in the hallway, her face was still clearly in shock but her whole body was shaking from the adrenaline coursing through it.’

‘The white Lilo and Stitch shirt that she wore was covered in blood and her shoulder was bleeding from a shrapnel injury,’ he said.

‘Sweet Miah, I knew her my whole life,’ the doctor added during his in-person opening statement to the Oversight panel. ‘As a baby she survived major liver surgeries against all odds. And, once again, she’s here as a survivor. Inspiring her with her story today and her bravery.’

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called it ‘internationally embarrassing’ for the U.S. to spend ‘billions and trillions in the name of national security’ and ‘we can’t even keep our kids safe from their schools being turned into a war zone’

Democratic Representative Katie Porter of California insisted Wednesday during the hearing that guns need to be regulated like other consumer products – specifically pointing to Peloton exercise equipment

Those students who were killed in the shooting are Nevaeh Bravo, 10; Jackie Cazares, 9; Makenna Lee Elrod, 10; Jose Manuel Flores Jr., 10; Eliahna ‘Ellie’ Amyah Garcia, 9; Uziyah Garcia; Amerie Jo Garza, 10; Xavier Lopez, 10; Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10; Tess Marie Mata, 10; Maranda Mathis, 11; Alithia Ramirez, 10; Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10; Maite Yuleana Rodriguez, 10; Alexandria ‘Lexi’ Aniyah Rubio, 10; Layla Salazar, 11; Jailah Nicole Silguero, 10; Eliahna A. Torres, 10; Rojelio Torres, 10

The teachers killed are Irma Garcia, 48, and Eva Mireles, 44.

Other witnesses for the hearing testifying on gun violence before the congressional oversight committee were the mother of a 21-year-old shot in the Buffalo, New York mass shooting last month, Cerrillo’s father and Kimberly and Felix Rubio, the parents of one of the deceased from the Uvalde school shooting. 

Lacretica Hughes also spoke to the committee from the witness table about her son, Emanuel, who was shot in the head and killed at a party in April. 

Hughes had a different tune than some of the other parents at the hearing on Wednesday, claiming that if Democrats take away guns and also defund the police, who will be left to protect vulnerable communities.

She said that a ‘thousand more laws’ won’t ‘stop criminals from committing these crimes.’

‘How about letting me defend myself from evil?’ she question of her Second Amendment right to own a firearm. ‘You don’t think that I’m capable and trustworthy to handle a firearm? You don’t think that the Second Amendment doesn’t apply to people that look like me.’

‘And you who are called for more gun controls are the same ones that are calling to defund police,’ Hughes alleged. ‘Who was supposed to protect us?’

Miah Cerrillo is an 11-year-old who was at the end of her fourth grade school year at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas when the shooting happened last month

Cerrillo took no definitive stance on gun control, instead mourning the person his daughter used to be before the shooting.

‘I come because I love my baby girl – but she is not the same little girl that I used to play with and run with and do everything because she was daddy’s little girl. I have five kids and she is the middle child. I don’t know what to do,’ he pleaded during Wednesday’s hearing.

The Rubio parents, who have five other children who attended Uvalde public schools, gave live testimony virtually.

They demanded a ‘ban on assault rifles and high capacity magazines.’

‘We understand that for some reason to some people – to people with money, to people who fund political campaigns – that guns are more important than children,’ Mrs. Rubio pleaded through tears.

‘So at this moment, we ask for progress.’

Parents of Alexandria ‘Lexi’ Aniyah Rubio, 10, who was killed in the shooting, testified virtually before the Oversight Committee on Wednesday and demanded a ‘ban on assault rifles and high capacity magazines’

On May 24, 2022, Salvador Ramos, 18, (pictured) opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 elementary students and two teachers

Mass shootings on May 15 and May 24 – just nine days apart – left 31 people dead.

The first was in Buffalo, New York at a Tops Supermarket in a predominately black community where a racist 18-year-old, Payton Gendron, walked into the store and gunned down 13 people – leaving 10 dead. Eleven of the 13 shot were black.

A little over a week later, Ramos, who is also 18, shot up Robb Elementary School, killing 21 people.

The two mass shootings, coupled with a nationwide rise in crime since President Joe Biden took office, has led to increased calls for more gun control legislation that most Republicans argue would further restrict Americans’ Second Amendment Rights.

Main priorities of Democrats appear to be raising the age to purchase firearms – specifically semi-automatic rifles – from 18 to 21, increasing background check requirements and implementing red flag laws that prevent certain individuals from purchasing a gun.

In response to spiking gun violence and mass shooting, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is bringing eight firearms-related legislation to the floor on Wednesday, and urged all those in her caucus to vote in favor of the reform bills.

‘It’s sickening that our children are forced to live in this constant fear,’ Pelosi said from the House floor on Wednesday as she spoke about gun control legislation ahead of impending votes.

The package of bills includes provisions to limit magazine sizes, increase the age to buy semi-automatic ‘assault style’ rifles, set standards for gun storage and codify regulations on ghost guns and bump stocks.

PICTURED: The 19 children and two teachers butchered in Texas elementary school shooting

Amerie Jo Garza, 10

Amerie Jo Garza (right)

Amerie Jo Garza, a fourth grader at Robb Elementary, was one of 19 students confirmed to be killed Tuesday morning by Ramos, who cops say was carrying a handgun and an AR-15 during the attack that also killed two teachers in the classroom.

Her grandmother, Berlinda Irene Arreola, said the 10-year-old was killed as she tried to phone 911 while sitting next to her best friend, who ended up ‘covered in her blood.’

Arreola said Ramos told the students and staffers inside the room, ‘You’re going to die,’ before opening fire – shooting her granddaughter dead as she tried to phone for help.

‘So the gunman went in and he told the children, ‘You’re going to die,’ Berlinda told The Daily Beast.

‘And [Amerie] had her phone and she called 911. And instead of grabbing it and breaking it or taking it from her, he shot her. She was sitting right next to her best friend. Her best friend was covered in her blood.’ 

Uziyah Garcia

Uziyah Garcia, 8

Uziyah Garcia, the youngest victim at age eight, was also killed in the attack.

The child’s family announced he was killed hours after announcing he was among the many children unaccounted for following the tragedy.

The boy’s grandfather, Manny Renfro, broke the news early Wednesday after being notified by authorities.

‘[He was] the sweetest little boy that I’ve ever known,’ Renfro said. ‘I’m not just saying that because he was my grandkid.’

Renfro recalled how Uziyah last visited him in San Angelo over 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,’ the grieving grandad said.

‘There were certain plays that I would call that he would remember and he would do it exactly like we practiced.’

Makenna Elrod, 10

Makenna Lee Elrod

Makenna Elrod, 10, had also been among the missing in the chaos that followed the massacre, with her father, Brandon Elrod telling reporters at the time he feared ‘she may not be alive.’

Her death was eventually confirmed by a family friend on Wednesday. ‘It’s pretty sad what this world’s coming to,’ the girl’s father told local outlet KTRK after the shooting.

A mother of one of Makenna’s friends lamented the loss in a post to Facebook. 

‘Sweet Makenna Rest in Paradise!! My heart is shattered as my daughter Chloe loved her so much!!’ the mom wrote. A relative Wednesday confirmed that the girl had been among the victims.

Xavier Lopez, 10

Xavier Lopez

Xavier Lopez, 10, was the first student victim to be identified as one of Ramos’ victims.

The child’s mother, Felicha Martinez, told the Washington Post Tuesday that just hours before the massacre, the mom had been at the school to see her son participate an honor roll ceremony. 

She took a picture showing her son showing off his certificate.

In the last exchange she had with the child, the mom heartbreakingly told the boy that she was proud of him and that she loved him, giving him a hug goodbye – not knowing it would be the last time she would see him alive.

‘He was funny, never serious and his smile… that smile I will never forget,’ she recalled after learning of his death from police. ‘It would always cheer anyone up.’

The boy’s cousin, Lisa Garza, 54, of Arlington, said Xavier enjoyed swimming and had been looking forward to the summer.

‘He was just a loving 10-year-old little boy, just enjoying life, not knowing that this tragedy was going to happen today,’ she said. 

‘He was very bubbly, loved to dance with his brothers, his mom. This has just taken a toll on all of us.’

Amelia Sandoval, Lopez’s grandmother, said: ‘It’s just so hard… you send your kids to school thinking they are going to make it back home but they’re not.’

Eliahana Torres, 10

Eliahana Cruz Torres

Eliahana Cruz Torres, 10, had also been missing for hours until she was confirmed to be among the dead.

Adolfo Cruz, her great-grandfather, said she didn’t want to attend school the day of the shooting – but was told by her family that she had to attend.

He said he remained outside the school gates throughout the night until he leanrned of her fate from local authorities.

‘I hope she is alive,’ he said at the time. 

Torres was an avid baseball player and played the sport in a local little league. 

Ellie Lugo, 10

Ellie Lugo

Ellie Lugo was named as a victim of Tuesday’s attack by her parents, with Steven Garcia and Jennifer Lugo confirming her death several hours after she was listed among the missing. 

‘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,’ Steven Lugo said Wednesday.

‘Mom and Dad love you never forget that and please try and stay by our side.’  

Nevaeh Bravo, 10

Nevaeh Bravo

Nevaeh Bravo was confirmed to be among the dead late Tuesday, after her cousin posted on social media following the shooting to ask for helping the girl. 

Around 9 pm, she broke the news on Twitter.

‘Unfortunately my beautiful Nevaeh was one of the many victims from todays tragedy,’ she wrote.

Sje said the schoolchild was ‘flying high’ and asked for the family to be kept in people’s prayers  

‘Our Nevaeh has been found. She is flying with the angels above. We love you Navaeh very much princess.’

‘Thank you for the support and help,’ she wrote. ‘Rest in peace my sweet girl, you didn’t deserve this.’

Bravo’s age could not immediately be confirmed.  

Tess Marie Mata

Tess Marie Mata

Tess Marie Mata was also among those to perish in the attack, her sister, Faith Mata, revealed in a post to Facebook Wednesday.

‘I honestly have no words just sadness, confusion, and anger,’ she wrote.

‘I’m sad because we will never get to tag team on mom and dad again and tell each other how much we mean to each other, I’m confused because how can something like this happen to my sweet, caring, and beautiful sister, and I’m angry because a coward took you from us.’

Photos shared with the post showed Tess smiling in a baby photo, snuggling with a cat, doing gymnastics, flashing a peace sign, and posing in front of a large heart mural.

‘Sissy I miss you so much, I just want to hold you and tell you how pretty you are, I want to take you outside and practice softball, I want to go on one last family vacation, I want to hear your contagious laugh, and I want you to hear me tell you how much I love you,’ she wrote.

Her age could not immediately be confirmed.

Rojelio Torres, 10

Rojelio Torres

Rojelio Torres, 10, was initially reported missing by his father, but on Wednesday was confirmed dead by his family.

A person who said she was the boy’s cousin wrote on Twitter: ‘It breaks my heart to say my rojelio is now with the angels I’ll forever miss you and love you my angel.’

The child’s father , Federico Torres, told Houston reporters that he was at work when he learned about the shooting and immediately raced to the school.

‘They sent us to the hospital, to the civic center, to the hospital and here again, nothing, not even in San Antonio,’ he said. ‘They don’t tell us anything, only a photo, wait, hope that everything is well.’

Nearly half a day later, cops broke the news to the boy’s 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,’ Torres’ aunt, Precious Perez, told KSAT. ‘We are devastated and heartbroken. Rojer was a very intelligent, hard-working and helpful person. He will be missed and never forgotten.’ 

Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10

Jayce Luevanos

Jayce Luevanos, 10, died in the shooting along with his ten-year-old cousin, Jailah, the child’s mother said Wednesday.

In a Facebook post, uncle Unberto Gonzalez shared photos of both kids while offering a touching tribute.

‘My babies going to miss them like crazy!!!,’ Gonzalez wrote. ‘We luv y’all so much!!! I’m just lost right now!!! Fly high my beautiful Angels!!’

Jailah Nicole Silguero, 10

Jailah Nicole Silguero

Ten-year-old Jailah Nicole Silguero was also killed in the shooting, her mother, Veronica Luevanos, tearfully revealed to Univision Wednesday.

She also lost her 10-year-old nephew Jayce to the tragedy.

She said Jailah loved to dance and film videos on TikTok.

The child reportedly also asked her mom the morning of the shooting if she could stay home from school – a request the now mourning mom rebuffed. 

‘I took her to school, but she didn’t want to go. She told her father, ‘Can I stay home?” Luevanos said, noting that it was not a common occurrence for her daughter to make such a request. ‘I think she knew something would happen.’

Luevanos’ mom confirmed the loss on Facebook Wednesday.

‘Fly high my angels. We’re going to miss yall so much,’ wrote Veronica Luevanos – whose dad had died just a week earlier.

‘I’m so heart broken,’ she wrote with a photo of her daughter and nephew. 

‘My baby I love u so much … fly high baby girl.’

Alithia Ramirez, 10

Alithia Ramirez

 Fourth grader Alithia Ramirez was confirmed dead early Wednesday by her father, Ryan Ramirez, who shared a post to Facebook showing the 10-year-old with angel’s wings. He had used the same photo the previous day as he pleaded for help finding her after the massacre

He had heartbreakingly used the same photo the previous day as he desperately pleaded for help finding her after the massacre.

‘Trying to find my daughter Alithia. I called all the hospitals and nothing,’ he wrote at the time.

He also reporters during his frantic search, ‘I’m trying to find out where my baby’s at.’ 

Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10

Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez

Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10, was another killed by Ramos Tuesday – along with her cousin, who has yet to be identified.

Annabell’s father spent the afternoon after the shooting in frantic search for his daughter. 

Speaking to KHOU11 Tuesday, he lamented at how he was at a loss as to what do, having little success with the search.

‘They’re not letting us in at the hospital right now so we don’t know where to go.’

 She has since been declared to be among the dead.

Miranda Mathis, 11

Miranda Mathis

Miranda Mathis, 11,  was also confirmed as another casualty from the mass shooting early Wednesday, in a Facebook post by an older cousin who earlier that day had posted a desperate plea for help in locating the child.

‘My sweet baby cousin we loved u dearly,’ Deanna Miller wrote alongside a photo of the child with angel wings.

‘I’m so sorry this happen to u baby please keep my family in your prayers,’ she grieved.

Miller’s kids had also been at the school at the time of the shooting, but survived the attack.

One of her sons told her that they were ushered out of a window by staffers during the attack and subsequently ran to a nearby funeral home after ‘he heard the shooter say he was gonna kill all the kids.’

Alexandria ‘Lexi’ Aniyah Rubio, 10

Alexandria Aniyah Rubio

Alexandria Aniyah Rubio – who was better known to friends as ‘Lexi’ – was confirmed dead just before midnight on Tuesday.

The ten-year-old was shot dead just hours after posing for a photo with her parents at the school’s honor roll ceremony.

Kimberly Mata-Rubio, the girl’s mother, wrote of the loss: ‘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.’ 

Maite Yuleana

Maite Yuleana

Maite Yuleana was another student to die in the attack that had attended the honor roll ceremony just hours before.

A cousin of the girl’s mother, Ana Rodriguez, announced the loss Wednesday. 

‘It is with a heavy heart I come on here on behalf of my cousin Ana who lost her sweet baby girl in yesterday’s senseless shooting.  

‘We are deeply saddened by the lose [sic] of this sweet smart little girl…. God bless and may she R.I.P Maite Rodriguez we love you.’

Another relative shared a photo of Maite with her honor roll certificate.

Her age could not immediately be confirmed.

Jose Flores Jr, 10

Jose Flores

Jose Flores, 10, was also killed in the shooting after attending the honor roll ceremony, where he was pictured triumphantly clutching a certificate celebrating the accomplishment.

Uncle Christopher Salazar confirmed to the Washington Post Wednesday that his 10-year-old nephew was among the dead, after sharing a tribute to the child on Facebook.

‘I love you and I miss you,’ Salazar wrote in the post.  

The boy’s father described Jose to CNN as an amazing boy and big brother to his two younger siblings.

‘He was always fill of energy,’ Jose Flores Sr. said. ‘Ready to play till the night.’

He said the boy loved playing baseball and video games.

Jackie Cazares

Jackie Cazares, 10

Jackie Cazares, 10, was another to be killed during the vicious attack at the elementary school.

Her father Jacinto confirmed she lost her life inside her fourth-grade classroom.

‘My baby girl has been taken away from my family and I,’ the grieving father said in an online post.

‘We’re devastated in ways I hope no one ever goes through. … It hurts us to our souls.’

Cazares said his daughter, who was with her cousin, Annabell Rodriguez, when she died, was ‘full of life and love’.

Layla Salazar, 10

The 10-year-old student was the last of the slaying victims to be identified.

Vincent Salazar told the Philadelphia Inquirer his young daughter was among those killed.

He said she was ‘a lot of fun’ and recalled how they sang along to ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ by Guns ‘n’ Roses whenever he drove her to school.   

Layla Salazar

Irma Garcia, 46 – fourth grade teacher

Irma Garcia

Irma Garcia, who co-taught with Mireles for the last five year, had been at Robb Elementary for 23 years. 

Married to Joe for 24 years, she was a mother of four – Cristian, completing Marine boot camp; Jose, attending Texas State university University; Lyliana, a sophomore in high school; and Alysandra, a 7th grader. 

‘My tia did not make it, she sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom, i beg of you to keep my family including all of her family in y’all’s prayers , IRMA GARCIA IS HER NAME and she died a HERO,’ tweeted her nephew John. 

‘She was loved by many and will truly be missed.’

She was nominated as teacher of the year for the 2018-19 awards, organized by Trinity University. 

Eva Mireles, 44 – fourth grade teacher

Eva Mireles

Eva Mireles, a fourth grade teacher, was identified by her family as being one of the staff members shot dead. She had worked in education for 17 years. 

Her husband Ruben Ruiz, a veteran detective and SWAT team member currently serving as a police officer with the school district, held regular active shooter drills for the schools – most recently at the end of March. 



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