What we know about the victims of the Texas school shooting in Uvalde so far

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A fourth-grade teacher, several sets of cousins and a 10-year-old boy whose family called him "the life of the party" were among those killed in a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday, ABC News has learned.

At least 19 children and two teachers were killed after a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, west of San Antonio, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The alleged gunman -- identified by officials as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, a student at Uvalde High School -- is dead, authorities said.

PHOTO: Children get on a school bus as law enforcement personnel guard the scene of a suspected shooting near Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, May 24, 2022. (Marco Bello/Reuters)
PHOTO: Children get on a school bus as law enforcement personnel guard the scene of a suspected shooting near Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, May 24, 2022. (Marco Bello/Reuters)

"When parents drop their kids off at school, they have every expectation to know that they're going to be able to pick their child up when that school day ends. And there are families who are in mourning right now," Gov. Greg Abbott told reporters.

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Here's what we know about the victims so far.

Alithia Ramirez, 10

ABC News learned that Alithia Ramirez was one of the students killed.

“She was a very talented little girl,” Rosa Maria Ramirez, the grandmother of Alithia, told ABC News. “She loved to draw.”

PHOTO: Uziyah Garcia in a family photo taken in March 2022, while on spring break in San Angelo, Texas. Garcia was among those killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary School, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (Manny Renfro via AP)
PHOTO: Uziyah Garcia in a family photo taken in March 2022, while on spring break in San Angelo, Texas. Garcia was among those killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary School, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (Manny Renfro via AP)

Uziyah Garcia

Uziyah Garcia died in the shooting, his family confirmed to ABC News.

His grandfather, Manny Renfro, described Uziyah to The Associated Press as "the sweetest little boy that I've ever known."

PHOTO: Fourth-grader Makenna Lee Elrod, 10, in an undated family photo. Elrod was killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (Courtesy the family of Makenna Lee Elrod)
PHOTO: Fourth-grader Makenna Lee Elrod, 10, in an undated family photo. Elrod was killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (Courtesy the family of Makenna Lee Elrod)

"I'm not just saying that because he was my grandkid," said Renfro, who last saw his grandson when he visited San Angelo during spring break.

Makenna Lee Elrod, 10

Makenna Lee Elrod was one of the students killed Tuesday, her aunt, Allison McCullough, confirmed to ABC News.

PHOTO: Fourth-grader Alithia Ramirez, 10, in an undated family photo. Ramirez was killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (Courtesy the family of Alithia Ramirez)
PHOTO: Fourth-grader Alithia Ramirez, 10, in an undated family photo. Ramirez was killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (Courtesy the family of Alithia Ramirez)

Makenna loved to play softball, do gymnastics, loved to dance and sing, play with fidget toys and spend time with her family, McCullough said. She loved animals and "made friends everywhere she went," her aunt said.

"Her smile would light up a room," she said. Makenna loved to write notes to her family and leave them in hidden places to be found later, her aunt said. Makenna was a natural leader and loved school. She loved going to the ranch with her dad to feed animals and ride on the ranger.

McCullough described her niece as "a light to all who knew her."

"She loved her family and friends so much," she said.

Jailah Nicole Silguero, 11, and Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10

PHOTO: Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10, in an undated family photo. Leuvanos was killed in the Robb Elementary shooting, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (Courtesy Zeke Luevanos)
PHOTO: Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10, in an undated family photo. Leuvanos was killed in the Robb Elementary shooting, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (Courtesy Zeke Luevanos)

Jailah Nicole Silguero and Jayce Carmelo Luevanos -- cousins who attended Robb Elementary School -- were both killed in the shooting, a family member confirmed to ABC News.

"They were nothing but loving baby angels, always had a smile on their face just full of life," their cousin said in a statement to ABC News. "I can't believe this happened to our angels."

PHOTO: Jailah Nicole Silguero, 11, in an undated family photo. Silguero died in the Robb Elementary School shooting, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (Courtesy Zeke Luevanos)
PHOTO: Jailah Nicole Silguero, 11, in an undated family photo. Silguero died in the Robb Elementary School shooting, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (Courtesy Zeke Luevanos)

The cousin said the family's grandpa passed away two weeks ago.

"So much loss in so little time," the cousin said.

Rojelio Torres, 10

PHOTO: Rojelio Torres, 10, in an undated family photo. Torres was killed in the Robb Elementary School shooting, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (Courtesy Evadulia Torres)
PHOTO: Rojelio Torres, 10, in an undated family photo. Torres was killed in the Robb Elementary School shooting, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (Courtesy Evadulia Torres)

Rojelio Torres' mother, Eva Dulia Orta, confirmed to ABC News her son died in the shooting. She described the 10-year-old fourth-grader as a "very smart and loving child."

Orta, a mother of four, said she is trying to stay strong for the rest of her children, but added, "I lost a piece of my heart."

Standing beside her twin sister, Orta told ABC News in an exclusive interview that the shooting has not only devastated her entire family but her entire community as well.

"We are praying for everyone, all the children and all the families," she said.

Annabell Rodriguez, 10, and Jacklyn Jaylen Cazares, 10

PHOTO: Fourth-grader Annabell Rodriguez, 10, in an undated family photo. Rodriguez was killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (Courtesy the family of Annabell Rodriguez)
PHOTO: Fourth-grader Annabell Rodriguez, 10, in an undated family photo. Rodriguez was killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (Courtesy the family of Annabell Rodriguez)

Cousins Annabell Rodriguez and Jacklyn Jaylen Cazares were killed in the mass shooting, their aunt, Polly Flores, confirmed to ABC News.

PHOTO: Fourth-grader Jacklyn Jaylen Cazares, 10, in an undated family photo. Cazares was killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (Courtesy the family of Jackie Cazares)
PHOTO: Fourth-grader Jacklyn Jaylen Cazares, 10, in an undated family photo. Cazares was killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (Courtesy the family of Jackie Cazares)

The two cousins were in the same fourth-grade class at Robb Elementary School, Flores said.

Jacklyn's father, Jacinto Cazares, told ABC News his daughter "had the biggest heart."

"My little girl was full of life and touched so many people," he said. "Jackie was the one that would go out of her way to help anyone. It gives me some comfort, that she would be the little cracker that would have done something to help her classmates in that very scary scenario."

Eliahana Cruz Torres

PHOTO: Eliahana Cruz Torres, in an undated family photo. Torres died in the Robb Elementary School shooting on May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (Courtesy the Cruz family)
PHOTO: Eliahana Cruz Torres, in an undated family photo. Torres died in the Robb Elementary School shooting on May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (Courtesy the Cruz family)

Eliahana Cruz Torres died in the Tuesday shooting, her grandfather Adolfo Cruz confirmed to ABC News. Her death was confirmed to the family late Tuesday night.

Amerie Jo Garza, 10

PHOTO: Amerie jo Garza, a victim in the school shooting on May 24, 2022, is pictured in an undated family photo. (Courtesy Angel Garza)
PHOTO: Amerie jo Garza, a victim in the school shooting on May 24, 2022, is pictured in an undated family photo. (Courtesy Angel Garza)

Amerie Jo Garza's father, Angel Garza, told ABC News that his daughter just turned 10 on May 10. Garza met with U.S. Marshals Tuesday night, who informed him that his daughter had been killed in the shooting at her elementary school.

"Thank you everyone for the prayers and help trying to find my baby," Garza wrote in a statement to 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."

Xavier James Lopez, 10

PHOTO: Xavier Lopez, a victim in the school shooting on May 24, 2022, is pictured in an undated family photo. (Courtesy Cecily Saenz and Laura Mejia)
PHOTO: Xavier Lopez, a victim in the school shooting on May 24, 2022, is pictured in an undated family photo. (Courtesy Cecily Saenz and Laura Mejia)

Fourth grader Xavier James Lopez died in the school shooting, his family confirmed to ABC News.

According to his cousin, Xavier's mom was at his awards ceremony one to two hours prior to the shooting, not knowing it would be the last time she would see him.

His grandmother, Amelia Sandoval, told ABC News Tuesday night that Xavier was the "life of the party" and loved to dance and play baseball. He had just made the honor roll.

"You send your kids to school thinking they are coming home," Sandoval said, her voice choking up. "And then they're not."

"We loved him very much and he will be greatly missed," she said.

Eva Mireles

PHOTO: Eva Mireles, 4th Grade Teacher at Robb Elementary and victim in the school shooting on May 24, 2022, is pictured in an undated family photo. (Courtesy Lydia Martinez Delgado)
PHOTO: Eva Mireles, 4th Grade Teacher at Robb Elementary and victim in the school shooting on May 24, 2022, is pictured in an undated family photo. (Courtesy Lydia Martinez Delgado)

Eva Mireles, a fourth-grade teacher at the elementary school, was killed in the shooting, her aunt, Lydia Martinez Delgado, confirmed to ABC News. She had been a teacher in the school district for approximately 17 years, Delgado said.

"I'm furious that these shooting continue. These children are innocent. Rifles should not be easily available to all," Delgado said. "This is my hometown, a small community of less than 20,000. I never imagined this would happen to especially to loved ones."

"All we can do is pray hard for our country, state, schools and especially the families of all," she said.

Amber Ybarra, the cousin of Mireles' husband, called the teacher a "hero" and an "amazing mom."

"She was just very adventurous and courageous and vivacious and could light up a room," Ybarra told ABC News. "She's going to be missed."

Irma Garcia

PHOTO: Irma Garcia, a 4th Grade Teacher at Robb Elementary, was killed in the school shooting on May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (Uvalde CISD)
PHOTO: Irma Garcia, a 4th Grade Teacher at Robb Elementary, was killed in the school shooting on May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (Uvalde CISD)

Irma Garcia was a fourth-grade teacher at Robb Elementary who died in the shooting, her family confirmed to ABC News.

According to the district's website, Garcia had been teaching for 23 years at the school. She also was a co-teacher with Eva Mireles in the same classroom for five years.

Compounding the family's grief, Garcia's husband, Joe, died on Thursday after suffering a massive heart attack, the family said.

Irma and Joe Garcia were about to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, their family said. The two had known each other since eighth grade and have four children together.

"I love to BBQ with my husband, listen to music, and take country cruises to Concan," Irma Garcia appeared to have written on the school district's website.

Nevaeh Bravo, 10

A family member confirmed that 10-year-old Navaeh Bravo was killed in the shooting.

Ellie Garcia

PHOTO: Ellie Garcia is seen here in this undated file photo.  (Siria Arizmendi/AP)
PHOTO: Ellie Garcia is seen here in this undated file photo. (Siria Arizmendi/AP)

Ellie’s mother confirmed to ABC News that she is one of the victims killed in the shooting.

ABC News' Anthony McMahon, Alyssa Pone and Mireya Villarreal contributed to this report.

What we know about the victims of the Texas school shooting in Uvalde so far originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

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