‘She Was My Sweet Girl’: Remembering the Victims of the Uvalde Shooting

Eliahna “Ellie” Garcia was just days away from turning 10.

Her father, Steven Garcia, was looking forward to DJing Ellie’s birthday party this summer. On Facebook, he described her as “a doll and was the happiest ever”.

“We miss her,” he said.

Uziyah Garcia had moved to Uvalde to live with Nikki and Brett Cross, her aunt and uncle, just in time for the start of the school year. He enjoyed playing basketball, soccer, the virtual reality game Gorilla Tag, and Fortnite. His favorite after-school snack was a Nutella sandwich with blue Takis, which he tried to persuade others to try.

“He was goofy, he liked to make you laugh,” Ms Cross said. “He liked to make everyone laugh.”

Uziyah, or Uzi for short, would have liked to be a professional gamer or YouTuber. But he also expressed an interest in becoming a police officer, as he wanted to help people.

He was delighted to have a teacher at Robb, Arnulfo Reyes, and he talked about him all the time, they said. A few days after the shooting, they retrieved her belongings from the classroom. Among his belongings was a portrait he had drawn of Mr. Reyes, who had been seriously injured in the attack.

Amerie Jo Garza was a friendly 10-year-old girl who loved Play-Doh.

Her father, Alfred Garza III, describes her as “full of life, pleasant, always smiling”. She enjoyed spending time with her friends at dinner time, in the playground, and during recess. “She was very outgoing,” he said. “She talked to everyone.

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