Families mourn 22 lives lost after Texas school massacre
There were glimmering candles and prayers well into Thursday morning in Uvalde, Texas. The city west of the U.S.-Mexico border was home to the country’s latest school massacre involving an AR-15 rifle.
A group of women said they traveled from Dallas to deliver flowers outside of Robb Elementary School. The community was preparing for the funerals of two teachers and 19 fourth-grade students.
A family in anguish about an injured 66-year-old grandmother was also struggling to understand what motivated a young man to commit such evil acts about a week after celebrating his 18th birthday.
Uvalde residents gather Wednesday at the Uvalde County Fairplex to pray after 19 children and two adults were killed during a school shooting the day before. (Lauren Witte/The Texas Tribune/)
Salvador Ramos turned 18 on May 16. A day later, he walked into Oasis Outback and legally purchased a rifle. He also purchased 375 rounds of 5.56 ammunition on May 18 and another rifle on May 20.
Ramos, described as a quiet loner, used Instagram and Facebook on May 24. He communicated with a 15-year-old girl from Frankfurt, Germany.
That day, he shot his grandmother, Celia Martinez, in the head and stole her pickup truck. Ramos crashed into a ditch outside of Robb Elementary School.
He was wearing body armor and was holding his rifle — manufactured by Daniel Defense — when he walked into the school shortly after 11:30 a.m. He barricaded himself in a fourth-grade classroom. Officers fatally shot him at about 1:05 p.m.
While in the school, Ramos killed two teachers, Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia, and 19 of their students.
Here is the list of children killed:
Jayce Carmelo Luevanos
Jacklyn Jaylen Cazares
Eliahana Cruz Torres
Jose Flores Jr.
Xavier Javier Lopez
Makenna Lee Elrod
Tess Marie Mata
Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez
Jailah Nicole Silguero
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