Who was Uziyah Garcia? 10-year-old identified as victim of Salvador Ramos' deadly massacre
Names of the victims of the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde have begun to release. Photos and other information on the victims have been shared by their families. One of the victims has been identified as Uziyah Garcia. Garcia was in the fourth grade and would have turned 10 this summer. His Aunt Nikki Cross confirmed his death and shared his photo.
The death toll included the killing of two adults and 19 children, including Uziyah Garcia. According to the officials, the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde was the deadliest school shooting in nearly a decade and the latest gruesome moment for a country scarred by a string of massacres. The attacker was killed by law enforcement. Another such deadly shooting happened at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012, where the gunman killed 20 children and six adults.
Jacob Reyes tweeted about Gracia and wrote, "Uziyah Garcia has been identified as one of the victims of Tuesday's school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, his aunt confirms to @NBCDFW". He was 10-years-old.
Uziyah Garcia has been identified as one of the victims of Tuesday's school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, his aunt confirms to @NBCDFW. He was 10-years-old. https://t.co/lZ8ftrIRzJ pic.twitter.com/gNsIkkjhYg— Jacob Reyes (@JacobReyesDFW) May 25, 2022
The motive of the mass shooting is still not clear. But, mass murder has provoked heated debate throughout the country about gun control and other issues. According to the Associated Press report, a US Border Patrol official who was nearby when the shooting began rushed into the school and shot and killed the gunman, who was behind a barricade.
Border Patrol is a federal agency that guards US ports of entry. Uvalde, which is fewer than 80 miles from the border with Mexico, is home to a Border Patrol station. Two border agents were reportedly shot in an exchange with the gunman. One agent was shot in the head, officials say, adding that both were now in a stable condition in hospital.
Just a few blocks from the Robb Elementary school, a small vigil was held for the victims and survivors of the attack. Families of the victims have been traumatized. Karla Bohman, a resident of Uvelda who was a part of the vigil told the group about a family friend whose young daughter, a student at the school, was among those still unaccounted for. "They don't know if she's in surgery or one of the fatalities, but they know she's a victim of some sort because she's missing," Bohman cried. "I can't believe this.", she said to the group.
Cheryl Juhasz, a lifelong resident of Uvalde, quietly wept during the prayer. "You can't comprehend evil like this. No matter where it happens, it's harder when it happens at home."