A fourth-grade teacher is the first victim to be identified in Tuesday’s deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Eva Mireles was killed trying to protect her students after a gunman entered the school and opened fire, reported The New York Times, which interviewed Mireles’ aunt Lydia Martinez Delgado . The brutal school massacre left 19 children and two adults dead and many injured. The shooter was fatally shot at the school by responding officers.
Robb Elementary, part of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, teaches students in grades two through four.
“What happened in Uvalde is a horrific tragedy that cannot be tolerated in the state of Texas,” Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said at a press conference on Tuesday.
Mireles had been a teacher for 17 years and was in her 40s, according to The New York Times.
In a staff biography on the Robb Elementary website, Mireles wrote that she had a “supportive, fun and loving family.” She also mentioned that her family included a school district officer, whom she identified as “Ruiz”, and a “college grad girl”, Adalynn.
Delgado told The Times that Mireles was a “much-loved” hiker and proud to teach at a school made up mostly of Latino students.
“She was the fun of the party,” Delgado told the newspaper.
In a statement sent to KSAT-TV in San Antonio, Delgado said she was furious that the mass shootings continued to target innocent children:
“My niece, Eva Mireles, an approximately 17-year-old teacher for UCISD, along with another teacher and 18 children, lost their lives in a senseless tragic shooting.
I am furious that these shootings continue, these children are innocent, guns should not be easily accessible to all.
This is my hometown, a small community of less than 20,000 people. I never imagined that this would happen especially to loved ones. Not all the facts have come out, but all we can do is pray hard for our country, our state, our schools and especially everyone’s families.
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