Texas Shooting: Teachers who gave their lives to protect children in the Texas shooting
Mrs Garcia and Ms Mireles’ bravery has been lauded in the days since Tuesday’s incident, as they were seen attempting to shield their students from the gunfire.
“We’ve got a fantastic year ahead of us!”
This charming and simple line, penned at the start of the school year by fourth-grade teacher Eva Mireles, is now haunting.
She and her teacher Irma Garcia should be packing up their shared classroom at Robb Elementary in the small Texas town of Uvalde on Thursday, the last day of school, and ready for the summer holiday.
Instead, after they were gunned down in a mass shooting that also murdered 19 of their young students, their families are making funeral plans.
Officers discovered Mrs Garcia “hugging children in her arms pretty much till her dying breath,” according to her nephew John Martinez, who spoke to the New York Times.
“She put herself in harm’s way to protect the children in her class. She was a hero, to say the least “On a fundraiser page, he wrote.
Mrs Garcia’s husband, Joe Garcia, died of a heart attack just two days later, causing additional tragedy for her family. Mr Martinez stated on his Facebook page that he “died away due to grief.”
‘Fun, giggles, and love’ abound in this classroom.
Mrs Garcia and Ms Mireles had been teaching together for five years and had a combined teaching experience of 40 years.
A photo taken last month shows the pair in their classroom, one giggling despite the fact that he is undoubtedly aware that the photo is being taken, watching over kids as they work on iPads.
Natalie Arias, an education specialist who lives in Uvalde, wrote, “Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia were two of the greatest instructors Uvalde, [Texas] has ever known.”
“Fun, growth, laughs, teamwork, and, most importantly, love abound in their classroom.”
As the outpouring of grief continues, fury grows over the fact that yet another terrible school shooting has occurred.
In Texas, it is permitted to buy a gun at the age of 18, and the attacker purchased his – two AR-15 style semi-automatic rifles and 375 rounds of ammo – last week, the day after his birthday, according to US media.
In a statement, Eva Mireles’ aunt, Lydia Martinez Delgado, said, “I’m upset that these shootings continue, these children are innocent, weapons should not be widely accessible to anyone.”
“This is my hometown, a little town with a population of less than 20,000 people. I never expected something like this to happen, especially to people I care about “she penned
Ruben Ruiz, Ms Mireles’ husband, is a school police officer. He performed an active shooter drill at Uvalde High School two months ago, which is customary in US schools. He had no idea that his own wife would be a victim of one just weeks later.
According to the Washington Post, Mr Ruiz hurried to Robb Elementary after hearing the news and had to be restrained by other cops.
According to data from the Washington Post, at least 185 children, instructors, and others have been killed in US school attacks since the 1999 Columbine High School shooting.
In Kansas, there is even a one-of-a-kind memorial honoring “fallen educators” who “died in the line of duty.” Those words, which are more commonly associated with military, were used to characterize killed teachers in this case. There are now two more names to engrave on the memorial wall.
Eva Mireles is a 44-year-old woman.
Ms Mireles, a 17-year teacher, emphasized her passion for running and trekking in a brief biography on the school district’s website. She also mentioned her “supporting, fun, and loving family,” which included her husband, college-aged daughter, and “three furry companions.”
Adalynn Ruiz, her daughter, paid a heartfelt tribute to her “beautiful mommy” on Twitter.
“I’m overjoyed that people recognize your name and your lovely face, and that they understand what a hero looks like,” she remarked.
“Eva Mireles, a fourth-grade teacher who jumped in front of her kids to save their lives.”
Ms Mireles was a special education teacher who was praised by one parent, Audrey Garcia (no related to Irma Garcia), for going “above and beyond.”
Schools in the Uvalde area began integrating children with developmental problems into regular classrooms only a few years ago, and Ms Mireles was one of the instructors who taught them.
“She was a lovely woman and a diligent teacher. She believed in Gabby and went out of her way to help her “Ms Garcia expressed her dissatisfaction with the situation on Twitter.
Irma Garcia, 48
Mrs Garcia was a veteran teacher of 23 years – all of which were at Robb Elementary, and was the school’s teacher-of-the-year in 2019.
“I am so excited to begin this new school year already!” she wrote in her biography on the district’s website.
Authorities told her family that Mrs Garcia was seen by a friend in law enforcement trying to protect her students from the gunfire.
“I want her to be remembered as someone who sacrificed her life and put her life on the line for her kids,” John Martinez, her nephew, told the Washington Post.
“It wasn’t just her students that were there. Those were her children, and she risked her life to protect them, losing her life in the process. She was the type of person who did things like that.”
Mrs Garcia was married with four children ranging in age from 12 to 23 years old, two boys and two girls.
Her Facebook profile is a collection of family photos and pride in her kids.
She captioned a snapshot of a family fishing vacation, “Thank you Jesus for my lovely hubby and my babies.”
The teacher’s social media accounts clearly demonstrate her commitment to her profession and students.
In one article, she stated, “I learned so many new methods to challenge my future pupils to be autonomous learners.”