An unthinkable tragedy struck a small town just 85 miles west of San Antonio yesterday when an 18-year-old opened fire at an elementary school.
Salvador Ramos, a troubled teenager who was known to be a loner, walked into Robb Elementary School on the morning of May 24 with a firearm and killed 19 children and two adults. This unspeakable act has shaken the entire nation as everyone watches the town of Uvalde try to make sense of this heinous act. Many parents are experiencing the kind of grief that they couldn't even imagine in their worst nightmares.
One teacher in particular stepped up to do her best to protect her young students in the classroom. That woman's name is Eva Mireles. She died yesterday sacrificing herself for the children at Robb Elementary School. Her daughter penned a heartfelt tribute to her late mother.
Daughter Pays Tribute to Eva Mireles, Who Died Protecting Students During Mass Shooting
Losing a parent when you're young is hard enough, let alone losing them to a mass murderer who shot them in cold blood as they attempted to shield innocent children from the gunfire. Adalynn Ruiz lost her mother yesterday in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, and she wants everyone to remember her heroism. Her name was Eva Mireles and she was killed alongside her co-worker Irma Garcia.
Adalynn posted a letter on her Twitter page that she wrote for her mother.
"Mom, I have no words to describe how I feel right now, tomorrow, and for the rest of my life," she wrote. "I never thought that I would be here writing this type of post for you."
"Mom, you are a hero," she said. "I keep telling myself that this isn't real. I just want to hear your voice."
Adalynn shared intimate details of her relationship with her mom – the moments they shared each morning, the times when she asked her mom for cooking advice, the TikToks they used to share together. She said she would give anything to fight and laugh with her mother again. "I want everything back. I want you to come back to me mom," she wrote. "I miss you more than words can explain."
She thanked her mother for "being the best mom anyone could ask for," adding that she's happy everyone knows her name and face because now they "know what a hero looks like."
"I will take care of our dogs and I will forever say your name so you are always remembered, Eva Mireles, 4th grade teacher at Robb Elementary who selflessly jumped in front of her students to save their lives."
"I want to thank you mom, for being such an inspiration to me," she wrote. "I will forever be so proud to be your daughter. My sweet mommy, I will see you again."
It's difficult to read the whole letter, but we should be remembering and honoring heroes like Eva Mireles rather than focusing on the sick person who was responsible for this disgusting crime.