It’s been a very sad afternoon for America, and regardless of where any of us stand on gun rights, for now, it’s time to remember those who have died in this awful and senseless tragedy.
As a parent of a 5-year-old, I can’t even imagine what any of the parents and loved ones of these children are going through. No one should ever have to deal with what the students and teachers faced today at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas.
As of now, 18 children have been confirmed dead and 2 adults (including the shooter). Fourth-grade teacher Eva Mireles was one of the adults killed.
Mireles worked in the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District for 17 years, her aunt, Lydia Martinez Delgado, said in a statement.
“I’m furious that these shootings continue. these children are innocent. Rifles should not be easily available to all. This is my hometown, a small community of less than 20,000. I never imagined this would happen to especially loved ones … All we can do is pray hard for our country, state, schools, and especially the families of all,” her aunt, Lydia Martinez Delgado, said in a statement.
She was a mother and wife who loved running and hiking, according to Robb Elementary School’s website.
Mireles, who was in her 40’s, was the mother of a daughter in college, according to her bio page on the school district’s website.
According to ABC7, Uvalde Memorial Hospital had said 15 Robb Elementary School students were being treated in the hospital’s emergency department in the wake of the incident. Two patients were transferred to San Antonio for treatment, while a third was pending transfer, the hospital said. A 45-year-old was also hospitalized after getting grazed by a bullet, the hospital said.
Sources tell ABC News the death toll is expected to rise.