Photos of victims of the shootings in a Texas school are beginning to surface online as loved ones of victims gradually reveal identities of the departed.
Two boys and four girls have been identified as among 19 students shot dead in a Texas school.
18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos, marched into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and opened fire, killing 19 students and two teachers.
Before going to the school to carry out the shootings, he shot his grandmother at home. She remains in hospital.
The shooter is understood to have been shot by police.
Some of the victims of the shooting have now been identified as their loved ones share their photos to mourn them.
Ten-year-old student Xavier Lopez was one of the first victims to be named, and was identified by his heartbroken family.
His mother had reportedly attended an awards ceremony for him at the school only hours before the shooting, not knowing this was the last time she would ever see her young child.
Nine-year-old Uziyah Garcia was another tragic victim. He would have turned ten this summer, his family said.
A girl named Amerie Jo Garza was confirmed to have been killed in the sickening attack, ABC News reported.
Her father, Angel Garza, told the outlet that his daughter had turned ten just two weeks ago.
In a statement released by ABC News, he wrote: “Thank you everyone for the prayers and help trying to find my baby.
“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.”
Eliahana ‘Elijah Cruz’ Torres, 10, was also identified amongst the dead.
On the day of the shooting, she had said she didn’t want to go to school, her grandfather said, but she was told she had to by her family, Fox News reported.
Makenna Lee Elrod was also confirmed dead by family.
The ten-year-old’s dad, Brandon Elrod, revealed she had been missing since the shooting and said he feared “she may not be alive”.
He told KTRK he was on his way to the funeral home and later, a family friend confirmed her death on Facebook, writing: “Sweet Makenna Rest in Paradise! My heart is shattered as my daughter Chloe loved her so much!
“I’ll never forget how excited she was to meet a new friend from a different school! Just a few weeks ago she got a friendship bracelet from her at the ballpark and she wears it everyday! When she wakes up tomorrow she’s going to be devastated. Praying so hard for her sweet family!”
Steven Garcia and Jennifer Lugo confirmed the heartbreaking news that their daughter, Ellie, was also killed in the Texas school shooting.
In a Facebook post, dad Steve wrote: “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.
“Mom and Dad love you never forget that and please try and stay by our side.”
Eva Mireles, a fourth-grade teacher who had been at the school for around 5 years, was also killed in the shooting reportedly trying to protect pupils.
Her aunt Lydia Martinez Delgado confirmed the death to ABC News.
Delgado said: “I’m furious that these shooting continue. These children are innocent. Rifles should not be easily available to all.
“This is my hometown, a small community of less then 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.”
Mireles was married to Ruben Ruiz, a 43-year-old cop at the local police department, with the couple parents to a college-age daughter.
A second teacher, Irma Garcia, was identified by heartbroken family members and friends as another victim of the shooting.
The 46-year-old co-teacher had spent 23 years teaching, and had been nominated as a teacher of the year by the Uvalde Independent School District in 2019.
Sharing news of her death on Facebook, her nephew John said: “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. she was loved by many and will truly be missed.”