Lexi’s father, Felix Rubio, is a deputy with the Uvalde County Sheriff. In an interview with CNN, he called for stronger action on gun violence. “All I can hope is that she’s just not a number,” he said. “This is enough. No one else needs to go through this.”
Layla Salazar, age 10
Every morning before school, Layla Salazar and her father, Vincent Salazar, would listen to “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns ‘N Roses. “She was just a whole lot of fun,” he told the Associated Press.
Jailah Nicole Silguero, age 10
Verónica Luevanos, whose 10-year-old daughter Jailah Nicole Silguero died, spoke with Univision in an emotional interview. “I went to take her to school, but she didn’t want to go,” Luevanos tearfully said in Spanish. “She always loves going to school but she told her dad, ‘Can I stay home?’ And her dad told her to ask me. She always likes going to school, but she didn’t want to go yesterday. I think she knew something was going to happen.”
“I can’t believe this happened to my daughter, my baby,” Jacob Silguero told the New York Times. “It’s always been a fear of mine to lose a kid.”
Eliahana “Elijah” Cruz Torres
Eliahana Cruz Torres was “excited” about an upcoming important softball game, according to her aunt. Leandrah Rodriguez told the Austin-American Statesman the young girl hoped to make the Uvalde All-Star team.
NEW: This is 10 y/o Elijah Cruz Torres, a fourth grader at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX. Her grandfather tells me she is missing, and they are worried sick. She didn’t want to go to school today, but they told her she has to. He is waiting for any news on her. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/Gp3ocVHPPV
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) May 25, 2022
Rojelio Torres, age 10
The mother of fourth-grade student Rojelio Torres told ABC News that her son was a “very smart and loving child.”
“Our entire family waited almost 12 hours since the shooting to find out Rojelio Torres my 10 year old nephew, was killed in this tragedy,” aunt Precious Perez told KSAT. “We are devastated and heartbroken. Rojer was a very intelligent, hard-working and helpful person. He will be missed and never forgotten.”
— Anayeli Ruiz KHOU (@AnayeliNews) May 25, 2022
Additional reporting by Tomás Mier