For hours, relatives in Texas remained in the dark about the fate of students at a Texas elementary school, where at least 19 children were killed in a shooting. Some have even sought help on social media in a desperate attempt to find their children. Area hospitals are taking DNA material from relatives to make sure they are related to the murdered children.
Adolfo Cruz, a 69-year-old air conditioning repairman, was still standing outside Robb Elementary School in Ovaldi Tuesday night (local time) as the sun set, waiting for news of his 10-year-old granddaughter, Elia Cruz Torres. Cruz went to the crime scene after a terrifying phone call from his daughter, shortly after initial reports that an 18-year-old gunman had opened fire. While waiting outside school Tuesday night, his family waited at the hospital and at town hall for a possible report on her condition.
Cruz described his waiting as the most difficult moment of his life, the Associated Press wrote. “I hope she’s still alive. They’re waiting for an update,” Cruz said. “It’s a shock to me. I feel for all the other families. This is a small community. Uvalde (about 16,000 inhabitants, editor) has always been very friendly. The people are very friendly.”
Pictures of smiling children have been posted on social media, their parents begging for information. As the school year drew to a close, classes were gradually canceled and each school day had a theme. It was Tuesday Freestyle and passion† Students were required to wear nice clothes and nice shoes.
By nightfall, the names of the dead began to pour in. Two teachers, Irma Garcia and Eva Meirelles, were killed. Meirelles was a loving mother and wife. “It was an adventure. I can say wonderful things about her. We will certainly miss her very much,” said Amber Ybarra, 44, a family member. In great mourning, she left for the hospital to donate blood for the wounded. Garcia’s cousin John tweeted that his aunt “has died a heroine.” She gave her life to protect the children in her class. I beg you to pray for us.
Lisa Garza, 54, is mourning the death of her nephew, Xavier Javier Lopez, who was anxiously awaiting a summer full of swimming adventures. “He was just a loving little 10-year-old, enjoying life, unaware that this tragedy would happen today,” she said. He was a bubbly boy who liked to dance with his brothers, his mother. He hit us all hard.” Garza is angry at lax laws. We should have more restrictions. They just want to use guns to hurt people, especially innocent kids who go to school.”
A man standing in town hall, crying, walked away on the phone to say, “She’s gone.” At the back of the building, a woman stood alone, alternately crying and screaming at her phone, shaking her fists and stomping her feet.
A little later, Manny told Renfrew that he had lost his grandson, Aziya Garcia (8). “The sweetest boy I’ve ever known,” Renfrew told an Associated Press reporter. I’m not just saying that because he was my grandson. Amiri Jo Garza, 10, and Annabelle Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10, also did not escape the shooting.
Meanwhile, Federico Torres was still praying and awaiting news of his 10-year-old son Rogelio. He told the local station KHOU . TV He was at work when he heard of the shootings and rushed to school. “They sent us to the hospital, to the town hall, to the hospital, and here again, nothing, not even in San Antonio,” Torres said. “They don’t tell us anything, we hope everything is fine.”
The news comes after a moment. Torres’ son was also among the dead.
At least 22 people, including 19 children, were killed in an elementary school shooting:
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