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Victims of school shootings in Uvalde, Texas: Killed teacher, identified as Eva Mireles; Amerie jo Garza, Xavier Lopez dead among children

UVALDE, Texas — A fourth grade teacher, two 10-year-old children and an 8-year-old boy 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.

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

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

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Amerie jo Garza, 10

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Amerie jo Garza’s father, Angel Garza, told ABC News that his daughter turned 10 two weeks ago – her birthday was May 10. Garza met with the US Marshals Tuesday night, who informed him that his daughter was killed in the shooting at her elementary school.

“Thank you everyone for the prayers and for helping me find my baby,” Garza wrote in a statement to ABC News. “She has been found. My little love is flying high now with the angels above. Please don’t take a second for granted. Hug your family. Tell them you love them. Love you Amerie jo. Take care of your little brother for me .”

Xavier Lopez, 10

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Fourth-grader Xavier Lopez died Tuesday in an elementary school shooting, his family confirmed to ABC News.

According to his cousin, Xavier’s mother was at his awards ceremony an hour or two before the shoot, unaware that it would be the last time she would see him.

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“When his parents had barbecues, he was always the life of the party … He liked to dance. He always loved doing things with his mother. making face masks. to make tiktoks. He did a TikTok with her the other day.” The child’s grandmother, Amelia Sandoval, told ABC News.

Uziyah Garcia, 8

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At the Uvalde Civic Center, Manny Renfro learned his grandson, 8-year-old Uziyah Garcia, was among those killed, he told the Associated Press.

Renfro said Uziyah last visited him during spring break in San Angelo.

“We started throwing football together and I taught him passing patterns. Such a fast little boy and he was so good at catching a ball,” Renfro said. “There were certain pieces I would name that he would remember and he would do it exactly as we practiced.”

Eva Mireles, 44

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

“I am angry that these shootings are continuing. These children are innocent. Guns shouldn’t be easily accessible to everyone,” Delgado said. “This is my hometown, a small community of less than 20,000 people. I never thought this would happen to special loved ones.”

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“All we can do is pray for our country, our state, our schools and especially for everyone’s families,” she said.

She was remembered as a loving mother and wife.

“She was adventurous. I would definitely say those wonderful things about her. She will definitely be missed greatly,” said relative Amber Ybarra, 34, of San Antonio.

Since 2017, mass shootings in the United States — described as shootings that leave at least four people injured or killed — have nearly doubled each year. As of 2022, there have already been 212 mass shootings — a 50% increase from 141 shootings in May 2017. The chart above shows the number of shootings per state. Mobile Users: Click here for our map of US mass shootings over the past five years

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