Written by Sofia Briones on Jun 15 2022 - 2:02pm
Annabell was a quiet child and an earnest student, having earned her place on the school’s honor roll. She was cousins, classmates and close friends with Jackie Cazares, another victim. “We are a very tight family,” Polly Flores, Annabell’s great aunt and Jackie’s aunt, told The New York Times. “It’s just devastating.” -- from the Texas Tribune
Written by Sofia Briones on Jun 15 2022 - 12:45pm
Eliahna wore the number four on the softball field. She loved the sport and was in contention for a spot on the city all-star team. She was looking forward to her last Little League game of the season after school on Tuesday. Two Little League teams in the area played a game in honor of her memory this week, according to TV station KIII.
Written by Sofia Briones on Jun 14 2022 - 8:07pm
Eliahna knew she wanted to be a cheerleader, her dad, Steven Garcia, told the Today Show. She loved basketball and making TikToks.
Written by Sofia Briones on Jun 14 2022 - 7:52pm
A large stuffed Yoda, along with a Batman-themed football and several stuffed animals, greeted loved ones at Rojelio’s memorial at the town square. On the cross with his name, one child had written,“You were a good friend” with smiley faces for the two O’s in “good.” Others kept it simple. “Sup Rojelio,” another message read.
Written by Sofia Briones on Jun 14 2022 - 5:20pm
Tess had a jar full of cash in her purple bedroom, according to The Washington Post. She was saving up money for a family vacation to Disney World. Relatives said she loved the Nickelodeon show “Victorious” and the Houston Astros. Maelee Haynie, 16, and Mackenzie Haynie, 17, said Tess was best friends with their younger sister. They remember Tess as an introverted girl who loved her cat.
Written by Sofia Briones on Jun 14 2022 - 4:53pm
Even at 10 years old, Xavier could pull off a stylish outfit, complete with a button-down shirt and clean Adidas sneakers. He could also put on a show for the cameras. He would dance to Colombian songs and do face masks with his mom on her TikTok account. “He was funny, never serious, and his smile,” his mom, Felicha Martinez, told The Washington Post. “That smile I will never forget. It would always cheer anyone up.”
Written by Sofia Briones on Jun 14 2022 - 4:15pm
Jose was a good brother. He would try to help take care of his infant brother. His sister Endrea Flores, who is 9 months younger than Jose, said her brother would always play with her and support her. Jose’s mother said he was her “little shadow” and would help her around the house. Jose wanted to be a police officer when he grew up to protect others, said his father, Jose Flores Sr.
Written by Sofia Briones on Jun 14 2022 - 3:20pm
Nevaeh, whose name is “heaven” spelled backwards, now flies with the angels, her cousin Emily Grace Ayala wrote on Facebook. “It just feels like a nightmare that we cannot wake up from,” another cousin, Austin Ayala, told The Washington Post. “Her siblings have to wake up every day knowing that she’s not there with them.” -- from the Texas Tribune
Written by Sofia Briones on Jun 14 2022 - 1:41pm
Next to the memorial for Maranda at the town square are piles of bouquets and two gray teddy bears. Someone who signed as Khloe wrote to Maranda in the center of the cross: “In our last time together, we were happy.” Someone else had drawn small butterflies. Leslie Ruiz, a friend of Maranda’s mother, wrote to The Washington Post that the 11-year-old was fun, spunky and very smart.
Written by Sofia Briones on Jun 14 2022 - 1:17pm
Layla loved to swim and dance. And she could really run. The 11-year-old won six races in a recent field day and took home blue first-place ribbons. Now she would “run with the angels,” said her father, Vinnie Salazar. He would “jam” with his daughter to “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses on the way to school. The song, he wrote on Facebook, was the only thing bringing him peace right now. -- from the Texas Tribune