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Families of Uvalde massacre victims to file $27 billion lawsuit

A massive $27 billion class action lawsuit seeking accountability and justice for the families of the victims of the Robb Elementary School massacre that left 19 students and two teachers dead in Uvalde, Texas is set to be launched.

Civil rights attorney Charles Bonner on Sunday said the class-action lawsuit will target law enforcement and a gun manufacturer of the weapon used in the shooting. 

‘What we intend to do to help serve this community and that is to file a $27 billion civil rights lawsuit under our United States Constitution, one-of-a-kind in the whole world,’ Bonner of Bonner & Bonner Law told KSAT.

Bonner made clear that he intends to file the lawsuit against anyone who can be held responsible for what happened inside Robb Elementary on May 24.

‘We have the school police, OK, Arredondo, we have the city police, and we have the sheriffs and we have the Texas Rangers, the DPS and we have the Border Patrol,’ Bonner said.

He also said the defendants  include gun manufacturer Daniel Defense and Oasis Outback, where the gunman bought the weapon used in the shooting.

The lawsuit is still being drafted and expected to be filed in September when Department of Defense has completed their investigation into the shooting.

A $27 billion class action lawsuit seeking accountability and justice for the families of the victims of the Robb Elementary School massacre that will target law enforcement (pictured in the halls of the school on May 24) is expected to be filed in September

Civil rights attorney Charles Bonner on Sunday announced the class-action lawsuit which will target law enforcement and a gun manufacturer of the weapon used in the shooting

Civil rights attorney Charles Bonner on Sunday announced the class-action lawsuit which will target law enforcement and a gun manufacturer of the weapon used in the shooting

Salvador Ramos, 18, on video in Robb Elementary just before he massacred 21 people

Salvador Ramos, 18, on video in Robb Elementary just before he massacred 21 people

$27 BILLION CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT TO TARGET EIGHT DEFENDANTS

Attorney Bonner said his law office will go after eight defendants:

  • Daniel Defense, the gun manufacturer the gunman used
  • Oasis Outback, the shop where the shooter picked up the gun
  • Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Department
  • Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Gunman’s uncle, who drove him to the gun shop

 

Bonner added that there will be some institutional defendants as well, including the ‘school board or such as City Council or such as the City of the Uvalde.’

The attorney’s law firm has joined forces with other firms to take on the class action lawsuit, including a local Uvalde law office and Everytown, a gun safety organization.

‘Everyone in this world are hurting and bleeding about what is happening here in Uvalde,’ he said. ‘And it’s up to us to make sure it doesn’t happen again.’ 

Bonner said his law firm will go after at least eight defendants, including Daniel Defense, the gun manufacturer the gunman used; Oasis Outback, the shop where the shooter picked up the gun; Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Department; Uvalde Police Department; Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office; Texas Department of Public Safety; Border Patrol; and the gunman’s uncle, who drove him to the gun shop.

‘All of these defendants who are governmental defendants violated that law,’ Bonner said. ‘So, we will be suing everyone who is responsible under that law and we will be suing under state laws as well such as, just basic negligence.’ 

He continued: ‘And the reason why it’s $27 billion is because we have to make it too expensive for them to continue to do nothing.’

The attorney has been traveling to Uvalde from their California office, meeting with families at Pastor Daniel Myers’ church, Tabernacle of Worship.

‘Up to right now, there’s been no accountability, there’s no justice for those 19 children and the two teachers,’ Myers said.

Bonner said the victims and their families had their 14th Amendment rights violated, so the lawsuit is being filed on constitutionality.

‘People have a right to life under the 14th Amendment and what we’ve seen here is that the law enforcement agencies have shown a deliberate conscious disregard of the life,’ Bonner said.

Bonner said he hopes with the families in the next few days – like parent Adam Martinez, who believes there has been little to no accountability, ‘somethings need to change and maybe it needs to start at the top, change the culture of everything.’

Martinez’s son Zayon was at school when the shooting happened, ‘we’re mad, I think a lot of people are mad and they have a right to be.’

‘Something needs to happen, the very little accountability that’s been done is not even close to what needs to happen and its not gonna stop until we see some action,’ Martinez said.

The Texas House investigative committee released a preliminary report in July revealing officials found ‘multiple systemic failures’ and poor leadership by law enforcement the day of the shooting.

Body camera footage from the shooting was also released the same month by Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin. 

The video documents the apparent confusion Uvalde cops faced on May 24 when Salvador Ramos, 18, entered a classroom inside Robb Elementary School and began firing – killing 19 students and two teachers inside. 

Robb Elementary School Police Chief Peter Arredondo was recorded standing outside the classroom trying to negotiate with Salvador Ramos – rather than engage with the mass shooter, who ultimately never responded to his pleas. 

On the left in the DDM4 V7 AR-15 semi-automatic rifle used in the shooting at Robb on May 24. The class action lawsuit will target the gun manufacturers Daniel Defense and Oasis Outback, where the gunman bought the weapon used in the shooting

On the left in the DDM4 V7 AR-15 semi-automatic rifle used in the shooting at Robb on May 24. The class action lawsuit will target the gun manufacturers Daniel Defense and Oasis Outback, where the gunman bought the weapon used in the shooting

Salvador Ramos, 18, (pictured) shot and killed 19 students and two teachers while cops held back for over an hour during the Uvalde massacre on May 24

Salvador Ramos, 18, (pictured) shot and killed 19 students and two teachers while cops held back for over an hour during the Uvalde massacre on May 24

Arredondo urged the teen to talk to him, trying to assure him that ‘this could be peaceful’ and asking him to ‘please put your firearm down’.

Despite his efforts, another round of gunshots was heard from the classroom.

‘Can you hear me sir?’ Arredondo asked following the shots. ‘Sir, if you can hear me, please put your firearm down, sir. We don’t want anybody else hurt.’

Minutes later a 911 dispatcher alerted police that a student had called, revealing children and teachers were trapped with the gunman.

Six minutes later Arredondo is seen trying to open the door to a nearby classroom with a set of keys, but fails to do so.

He passes the keys off to another officer who does make entry into the room. Additional officers, who are more heavily armored, arrive on scene but little action appears to be taken.

Then, another round of shots are fired, prompting Arredondo yet again to plead with the shooter.

‘Can you hear me sir?’ he asked. ‘Sir, if you can hear me, please put your firearm down, sir. We don’t want anybody else hurt.’

Someone is heard saying ‘I know, I know’ and another officer says: ‘That’s what we’re doing, we’re trying to get him out.’

It was still at least another 30 minutes before police entered the classroom where Ramos had barricaded himself and killed him.

Officers were told that day by Arredondo that the situation had changed from an active shooter situation to one of a barricaded suspect – forcing them to act with more caution even as Ramos continued to fire.

The footage begins with Officer Gazaway standing outside the building at around 12.04pm and slowly entering the building, where several other officers are waiting with their rifles drawn.

Some officers were still waiting outside at the time, chatting by the entrance to the school, while others were chatting in the hallway at the school.

Video shows how Police Chief Peter Arredondo (left) was on his phone in the hallway at Robb Elementary, begging shooter Salvador Ramos to stop his attack

Video shows how Police Chief Peter Arredondo (left) was on his phone in the hallway at Robb Elementary, begging shooter Salvador Ramos to stop his attack

Arredondo, met with no response continued: 'Can you tell me your name, anything that can help please?' But, Ramos did not answer

Arredondo, met with no response continued: ‘Can you tell me your name, anything that can help please?’ But, Ramos did not answer

Arredondo told Ramos 'this could be peaceful' and asked him to 'please pout your firearm down' as he continued to fire shots into the classroom

Arredondo told Ramos ‘this could be peaceful’ and asked him to ‘please pout your firearm down’ as he continued to fire shots into the classroom

A minute-by-minute break down of how cops waited outside class while kids called 911 after gunman walked through door that had been propped open by a teacher 

11.28am: Gunman crashes truck, gets out of car with AR-15. He is seen by witnesses in a funeral home next to the school who tell 911 they see a man with a gun walking towards the school

11.31: Gunman is now in the parking lot of the school hiding in between vehicles, shooting at the building

11.32: School resource officer who arrives in a patrol car after hearing 911 call about truck crash drives past the shooter

11.33: Gunman enters the school and begins shooting into room 111/room 112. He shoots more than 100 rounds

11.35: Three police officers enter the same propped-open door as the suspect from the Uvalde PD. They were later followed by another four, making total of seven officers on scene. Three initial officers went directly to the door and got grazing wounds from him while the door was closed. They hang back

11.37: Another 16 rounds fired inside the classroom by the gunman

11.51: Police sergeant and USB agents arrive

12.03: Officers continue to arrive in the hallway. As many as 19 officers in that hallway at that time. At the same time, a girl from inside the classroom calls 911 and whispers that she is in room 112

12.10pm: The same girl calls back and advises ‘there are multiple dead’

12.13pm: The same girl calls again

12.16pm: The same girl calls 911 for the fourth time in 13 minutes asking for help

12.15pm: BORTAC (SWAT) members arrive with shields

12.16pm: The same unidentified girl calls 911 and says there are ‘8-9 students alive’ in classroom 112

12.19pm: A different child from classroom 111 calls. She hangs up when another student tells her to in order to be quiet

12.21pm: Gunman fires again

12.26pm: One of the girls who previously called 911 calls back again. She says the shooter has just ‘shot at the door’

12.43pm: The girl on that girl is still on the line. She says ‘please send the police now’

12.50pm: Police finally breach the door using keys from the janitor and kill gunman

12.51pm Officers start moving children out of the room

At around 12.08pm, the footage goes dark, only to return moments later to show more cops standing inside the hallway, apparently waiting for orders about what to do.

For the next several minutes, Gazaway seems to pace up and down the hall apparently looking for someone to give him direction, as sergeants can be seen pointing and talking to some of the officers.

There is no sound in the footage, so it is unclear what they were saying.

By around 12.19pm more officers seemed to be gathered in the hallway after some abandoned their post outside.

One man in a blue checkered shirt was even wearing a ballistic vest identifying him as ‘Sheriff.’

Meanwhile, a man with a ‘Texas Ranger’ vest continued to bark orders at the officers, but soon he leaves the building talking on his phone.

Finally at around 12.21pm a swarm of officers could be seen running down the hallway, apparently toward classrooms 111 and 112, where Ramos was firing.

The video ends with Border Patrol agents finally entering the classrooms, where they would fatally shoot Ramos.

The footage was released following the 77-page report by the Texas House of Representatives which holds state and federal cops largely responsible for the Uvalde school massacre.

The House probe marked the most exhaustive attempt so far to determine why it took more than an hour for police and other officers to confront and kill Ramos.

The report blasted ‘system failures and egregious poor decision making’ by nearly all those in power during the attack, noting how 376 law enforcement officers rushed to the school in a chaotic scene marked by a lack of clear leadership and sufficient urgency.

‘Other than the attacker, the Committee did not find any ‘villains’ in the course of its investigation,’ the report stated. ‘Instead, we found systemic failures and egregious poor decision making.’

‘The void of leadership could have contributed to the loss of life as injured victims waited over an hour for help, and the attacker continued to sporadically fire his weapon.’

It also claimed the 149 US Border Patrol agents and 91 state police on the scene should have helped with the ‘unfolding chaos.’

‘There was an overall lackadaisical approach by law enforcement at the scene,’ the report read. ‘For many, that was because they were given and relied upon inaccurate information. For others, they had enough information to know better.’

The bottom line, the report found, is that ‘law enforcement responders failed to adhere to their active shooter training, and they failed to prioritize saving the lives of innocent victims over their own safety.’

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin said in an emailed statement that the city had placed Lieutenant Mariano Pargas, who was the acting city policy chief on the day of the shooting, on administrative leave.

State police officials have sharply criticized the leadership of Arredondo, the police chief of the school district’s six-man police force, who state police have said was in control of the scene.

But the report noted that hundreds of officers from agencies that were better trained and better equipped than the school police force badly failed, too.

‘Despite an obvious atmosphere of chaos, the ranking officers of other responding agencies did not approach (Arredondo) or anyone else perceived to be in command to point out the lack of and need for a command post, or to offer that specific assistance,’ the report stated.

‘These local officials were not the only ones expected to supply the leadership needed during this tragedy.’

‘Hundreds of responders from numerous law enforcement agencies – many of whom were better trained and better equipped than the school district police – quickly arrived on the scene.’

Salvador Ramos entered the school through an unlocked door before entering Room 111, where he massacred 21 people. The lock on the classroom floor was faulty

Salvador Ramos entered the school through an unlocked door before entering Room 111, where he massacred 21 people. The lock on the classroom floor was faulty

‘In this crisis, no responder seized the initiative to establish an incident command post,’ the report said.

‘Despite an obvious atmosphere of chaos, the ranking officers of other responding agencies did not approach the Uvalde CISD chief of police or anyone else perceived to be in command to point out the lack of and need for a command post, or to offer that specific assistance.’

The report also found that the Robb Elementary School failed to adhere to a number of basic safety protocols, which included a lack of keys leading to teachers regularly leaving doors unlocked or propping them open.

Door and lock maintenance did not receive adequate attention from the school district, the report noted, pointing out that though the lock in one of the rooms where the shooting took place was known to be unreliable, it was not repaired.

‘In particular the locking mechanism to Room 111 was widely known to be faulty, yet it was not repaired,’ the report said.

‘The problem with locking the door had been reported to school administration, yet no one placed a written work order for a repair.’

Unreliable Wi-Fi in parts of the school also led to a poor use of an app intended to notify the school of a lockdown in the event of an emergency.

Teachers also often responded without urgency to lockdown notifications on the app because they were desensitized by its overuse in situations involving nearby border patrol activity.

Robb Elementary is located about one hour from the US-Mexico border, and teachers would often be notified about illegal migrants who were being pursued by border patrol in the area.

There were 47 ‘lockdown’ events at the school between May and February, 90 percent of which concerned border patrol activity.

Community members and state police officials alike have sharply criticized the leadership of Arredondo. Michael Brown, an Uvalde community member who has a child that was enrolled at Robb Elementary, is seen holding signs calling for police accountability in July

Community members and state police officials alike have sharply criticized the leadership of Arredondo. Michael Brown, an Uvalde community member who has a child that was enrolled at Robb Elementary, is seen holding signs calling for police accountability in July

A police officer stands near a makeshift memorial for the shooting victims outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde

A police officer stands near a makeshift memorial for the shooting victims outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde

In July, visitors walk past a makeshift memorial honoring the 21 people killed at Robb Elementary School, in Uvalde, Texas

In July, visitors walk past a makeshift memorial honoring the 21 people killed at Robb Elementary School, in Uvalde, Texas

Additionally, the report revealed that Ramos provided a number of warning signs that he was dangerous, but that nobody did anything to address them.

In one incident, Ramos sent someone a message on Instagram on April 2 saying ‘Are you still gonna remember me in 50 something days?’

‘Probably not’ the person responded.

‘Hmm alright we’ll see in may,’ Ramos said back.

He was also obsessed with gore and violent sex online, posting videos of suicides and beheadings, and harassing women who he played video games with.

He was also fired from his job at a Whataburger after threatening a female coworker.

Despite his violent behavior, no red flags were raised about Ramos and he was never reported to authorities.

Salvador Ramos is shown entering the school at 11.33am on May 24 with his AR-15 style weapon in his hand

Salvador Ramos is shown entering the school at 11.33am on May 24 with his AR-15 style weapon in his hand

Salvador Ramos is shown entering the school at 11.33am on May 24 with his AR-15 style weapon in his hand 

A conversation Ramos had with an online friend based in Germany in which he described shooting his grandmother in the face in real time

A conversation Ramos had with an online friend based in Germany in which he described shooting his grandmother in the face in real time

Meanwhile, calls for police accountability have grown in Uvalde since the shooting. So far, Arredondo is the only officer from the scene of the deadliest school shooting in Texas history is known to be on leave.

While Ramos could be heard unloading shots in a classroom, officers could be seen running away from the gunfire, checking their phones, helping themselves to hand sanitizer, and exchanging high fives.

At one point an officer whose daughter was inside the classroom was seen being restrained by fellow officers preventing him from attempting to rescue his daughter.

The video shows how it took officers a full 77-minutes to breach the door to the classrooms where Ramos unloaded more than 100 rounds into his victims.

Ramos entered the school at 11:33am, and wasn’t shot dead until 12:50pm.

The gunman wasn’t stopped until Border Patrol agents entered the building and shot and killed him.

The video begins at 11:28 am from the point of view of a camera in the Robb Elementary School parking lot.

It shows Ramos violently swerving his car around a corner and crashing into a ditch in the distance. A plume of dusty smoke emerges from the scene of the crash.

Two unknown men approach the car, Ramos responds by firing shots at the them.

The two men run for their lives, across the road and toward Robb Elementary School.

Two minutes later, a teacher is heard telling a 911 operator: ‘I do not see him. I cannot see him.’ The camera switches to a camera pointing at Robb Elementary School. She says: ‘The kids are running. Oh my God.’

Her voice breaks in desperation as she cries: ‘Oh my God.’

Arredondo is seen trying to open the door to a nearby classroom with a set of keys, but fails to do so. He passes the keys off to another officer who does make entry into the room

Arredondo is seen trying to open the door to a nearby classroom with a set of keys, but fails to do so. He passes the keys off to another officer who does make entry into the room

Minutes later, another round of shots are fired, prompting Arredondo yet again to plead with the shooter: 'Can you hear me sir? Sir, if you can hear me, please put your firearm down, sir. We don't want anybody else hurt'

Minutes later, another round of shots are fired, prompting Arredondo yet again to plead with the shooter: ‘Can you hear me sir? Sir, if you can hear me, please put your firearm down, sir. We don’t want anybody else hurt’

It was still at least another 30 minutes before police entered the classroom where Ramos had barricaded himself and killed him

It was still at least another 30 minutes before police entered the classroom where Ramos had barricaded himself and killed him

Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo

Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo

Shortly after that, Ramos fires off random rounds at the school from the parking lot.

The teacher instructs the students to ‘get down, get in your rooms, get in your rooms.’

The camera switches again to footage captured by a witness who recorded Ramos calmly walking into the school, carrying an AR-15.

Within the same minute, the camera switches to surveillance video from inside the the hallways of Robb Elementary School.

The light beams from the doorway as Ramos enters an empty hallway.

Before getting to a corner, he stalls for a second as if to check if he’s going the right way.

As he begins to disappear down a wide hallway, he drops his gun by his side to brush back his long hair en route to classrooms 111 and 112 where the massacre unfolded.

From the foreground, a young boy comes into the shot. He turns a corner and stands frozen for a few seconds. Next, loud gunfire his heard.

The boy can be seen running away, with his arms apparently flailing.

A message appears on the screen saying: ‘The gunman fires his AR-15 inside two classrooms for two and a half minutes.’

Three minutes later, the first police officers arrive on the scene, three cops, two uniformed and one plain clothes charge towards the class room before crouching in the hallway as four others calmly stay back.

The four officers who stay back talk to each other. Their conversation is inaudible.

Three loud bangs are then heard.

After they hear gunfire, the two uniformed cops retreat slightly while the plain clothes officer scurries all the way to safety behind a wall, checking his clothes to see if he has been hit by the volley of rounds.

One could even be seen pulling his cellphone out of his pocket, apparently to check the time. Others, the Statesman reports, sent texts and looked at floor plans as precious minutes ticked by.

At one point an officer whose daughter was inside the classroom, was one of dozens of officers told not engage the shooter, forced to wait outside as shots and screams rang out. The footage released Tuesday shows cops holding the dad back as cops waited outside for 77 minutes

At one point an officer whose daughter was inside the classroom, was one of dozens of officers told not engage the shooter, forced to wait outside as shots and screams rang out. The footage released Tuesday shows cops holding the dad back as cops waited outside for 77 minutes 

A full 19 minutes after the first officers attempted to engage Ramos, the first heavy reinforcements arrive as cops with long guns, tactical gear and a ballistic shield are shown in the hallway. They remain a safe distance from Ramos.

One officer leans the shield safely against a wall.

A little over half an hour after the 911 call went in, more officers, clad in combat gear, armed with long guns and ballistic shields, pile into the hallway. They do not attempt to engage Ramos.

Ramos then goes on to shoot off four more rounds, 48 minutes after first arriving at the school. There is little initial reaction from the assembled members of law enforcement. The phrase: ‘Shots fired’ is repeated.

There is more inaudible conversation as officers finally begin to march down the hallway toward Ramos.

One leading the way appears to be wearing civilian clothing, including shorts and a bullet proof vest. He is armed with a rifle.

The more heavily armored officers hide behind him.

An officer in civilian clothing and bullet proof vest and helmet obtains hand sanitizer from a dispenser.

After more than half an hour, other officers could be seen entering the building with ballistic shields and rifles pointed down the hallway to the classrooms where Ramos is hiding out.

Finally, officers breach the classroom and engage Ramos, quickly killing him. A full 77 minutes after the nightmare began.

The report opened with a tribute describing each victim killed by Ramos in the massacre

The report opened with a tribute describing each victim killed by Ramos in the massacre

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

Amerie Jo Garza, 10

Amerie Jo Garza (right)

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Layla Salazar

Irma Garcia, 46 – fourth grade teacher

Irma Garcia

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

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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