August 17, 2022

A veteran teacher who was “just a sweetheart” and an 8-year-old boy were among those killed in the mass shooting at a Texas elementary school, according to devastated loved ones.

At least 19 children and two teachers were killed when the alleged gunman, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, opened fire Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, a small, working-class town near the Mexico border.

Also among the victims were four 10-year-old students who were enrolled in the fourth grade.

Ramos, a student at Uvalde High School, was killed by the police, authorities said.

Here’s what we know about the victims:

Eva Mireles, 44

Eva Mireles, a fourth-grade teacher at Robb Elementary School, had worked for the Uvalde school district for 17 years. She was remembered as a loving mother and wife.

Eva Mireles was a fourth-grade teacher at Robb Elementary School.

A neighbor of Mireles told The Post the teacher “was just a sweetheart.”

“It’s a tragedy that this happened to a person like this,” the neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said.

“She was the sweetest person and she would take her cute dogs out on walks and she would say, ‘Hi.’

“Her husband is a police officer and they are just very nice people. We are in shock something like this would happen. This is a quiet community.”

Uziyah Garcia, 8

Uziyah Garcia.
Uziyah Garcia is the youngest victim to be identified so far.
Manny Renfro via AP

Uziyah Garcia is the youngest victim to be identified so far. His grandfather broke the devastating news after getting word from the authorities.

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

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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.”

Xavier Lopez, 10

Xavier Lopez.
Xavier Lopez had been looking forward to a summer of swimming.

Xavier Lopez was the first student victim to be identified.

The boy’s adult cousin, Lisa Garza, 54, of Arlington, Texas, said Xavier had been looking forward to a summer of swimming.

“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.”

Rojelio Torres, 10

Rogelio Torres.
Rogelio Torres’ father was at work when he learned about the shooting and rushed to the school.

Rojelio Torres, who was initially reported missing by his father, has since been confirmed dead by his family.

A person identifying themselves as a cousin tweeted a tribute to the boy: “it breaks my heart to say my rojelio is now with the angels I’ll forever miss you and love you my angel.”

The boy’s dad, Federico Torres, told KHOU-TV that he was at work when he learned about the shooting and rushed 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,” Torres said. “They don’t tell us anything, only a photo, wait, hope that everything is well.”

Nevaeh Bravo

Nevaeh Bravo.
Nevaeh Bravo was confirmed to be among the victims.
Tess Marie Mata.
Tess Marie Mata was killed in the tragic shooting.

Nevaeh Bravo, a student at Robb Elementary School, was confirmed dead after Tuesday’s shooting.

A person claiming to be the girl’s cousin wrote on Facebook: “Our Nevaeh has been found. She is flying with the angels above. We love you Navaeh very much princess.”

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Irma Garcia, 46

Irma Garcia.
Irma Garcia was the second teacher killed in the tragic shooting.

Fourth-grade teacher Irma Garcia, who co-taught along slain educator Eva Mireles, was fatally shot in the attack, her nephew said late Tuesday.

Garcia was a mother of four children and had been teaching for 23 years, according to her school profile. She enjoyed barbecuing with her husband and listening to music.

The woman’s nephew wrote on Facebook: “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. she was loved by many and will truly be missed.”

Makenna Elrod, 10

Makenna Lee Elrod.
Makenna Lee Elrod was among the shooting victims.

Makenna Elrod’s father had been desperately searching for her after saying he feared “she may not be alive.” Her death was later confirmed by a family friend.

“It’s pretty sad what this world’s coming to,” Brandon Elrod told the TV station KTRK.

The mother of Makenna’s friend from tumbling class wrote online: “Sweet Makenna Rest in Paradise!! My heart is shattered as my daughter Chloe loved her so much!!”

Amerie Jo Garza, 10

Amerie Jo Garza.
Amerie Jo Garza
Garza family

Amerie Jo Garza was shot dead in her fourth-grade class as she tried to call 911, according to a family member.

“So the gunman went in and he told the children, ‘You’re going to die,’” Berlinda Irene Arreola, Amerie’s grandmother, 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.”

Amerie’s father, Angel Garza, confirmed his daughter’s death at the hands of the school shooter.

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“Thank you everyone for the prayers & help trying to find my baby,” he wrote on social media. “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.”

Garza shared a photo showing a beaming Amerie Jo sitting on his lap.

Eliahana ‘Eliajha’ Cruz Torres, 10

Eliahana 'Elijah' Cruz Torres.
Eliahana ‘Elijah’ Cruz Torres was one of the shooting victims.

The whereabouts of Eliahana Cruz Torres, a fourth-grader at Robb Elementary, remained unknown for hours until she was confirmed dead by her family.

Her great-grandfather, Adolfo Cruz, 69, said she didn’t want to attend school Tuesday but was told by her family to go.

Cruz remained outside the school gates through the night, waiting for word about Eliahana.

“I hope she is alive,” he said at the time.

Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10

Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez.
Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez was among the victims.

Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez was killed inside her third-grade classroom alongside her cousin, who has not yet been identified.

Annabell’s father had spent late Tuesday afternoon looking for his daughter. Speaking to KHOU11 he lamented that no one knew where she was.

“They’re not letting us in at the hospital right now so we don’t know where to go,” he said at the time.

Ellie Lugo, 10

Ellie Lugo was identified as a victim of the shooting by her parents.

“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 wrote on Facebook.

Ellie Garcia.
Ellie Garcia, one of the children killed at the school.

“Mom and Dad love you never forget that and please try and stay by our side.”