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Gov. Abbott issues disaster declaration for Uvalde following school shooting

The disaster declaration will allow state and local agencies to continue making resources available to assist the Uvalde community.

UVALDE, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster in the City of Uvalde following the devastating mass shooting that took place a week ago at Robb Elementary.

The disaster declaration will allow state and local agencies to continue making resources available to assist the Uvalde community, a press release read. The declaration will also suspend regulations that would prevent or delay necessary action in coping with the aftermath of the school shooting that took the lives of 19 students and two teachers

“The community of Uvalde has been left devastated by last week’s senseless act of violence at Robb Elementary School and should not have to encounter any difficulty in receiving the support needed to heal,” said Gov. Abbott. “This disaster declaration frees up the many resources available through the State of Texas and local jurisdictions to continue providing much-needed support to all who were impacted and work in the community unencumbered by regulations unnecessary to respond to this tragedy. All of Texas stands with Uvalde, and we are prepared to provide support through all available means.”

Resources available for Uvalde residents include mental health services and a temporary facility being used as a family resource center. These resources will remain in place until the disaster declaration is lifted. 

Who were the victims?

  1. Eva Mireles, 44, was one of the first victims identified in the Uvalde school shooting. She was a fourth-grade teacher.
  2. Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10, was a third-grader at Robb Elementary. Her cousin, Jackie, was also killed in the shooting.
  3. Xavier Lopez, 10, had been eagerly awaiting a summer of swimming.
  4. Layla Salazar, 11, loved to swim and dance to Tik Tok videos.
  5. Uziyah Garcia, 8, was among those killed.
  6. Rogelio Torres, 10, was killed in the shooting.
  7. Eliahna García, 9, died in the shooting.
  8. Nevaeh Alyssa Bravo, 10, also was killed and her aunt noted Naveah’s first name is Heaven spelled backward. Her cousin, Jailah, was also killed in the shooting.
  9. Eliahana Cruz Torres, 10, was looking forward to her last softball game of the season before she was killed Tuesday.
  10. Jailah Nicole Silguero, 10, was among the victims. She was Naveah's cousin.
  11. Jose Manuel Flores Jr., 10, was helpful around the house and loved his younger siblings. Jose loved baseball and video games and “was always full of energy.”
  12. Amerie Jo Garza, 10, was a happy child who made the honor roll and loved to paint, draw and work in clay.
  13. Maranda Mathis, 11, was “very loving and very talkative.”
  14. Alithia Ramirez, 10, was among the victims.
  15. Irma Garcia, 48, was also killed in the shooting. She taught at the school for 23 years. According to reports, she died while shielding her students from the shooter.
  16. Jackie Cazares, 9, was killed in her classroom. She was with a group of five girls, including her second cousin, Annabelle Rodriguez.
  17. Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10, loved school and was killed in the shooting.
  18. Makenna Lee Elrod, 10, was also killed in the shooting.
  19. Tess Marie Mata, 10, loved TikTok dance videos, Ariana Grande, the Houston Astros, and having her hair curled.
  20. Alexandria Aniyah Rubio, 10, recently made the honor roll with all As and received a good citizen award.
  21. Maite Rodriguez, 10, especially liked physical education, and after she died, her teacher texted her mother to say she was highly competitive at kickball and ran faster than all the boys.

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