Shattering moment sheriff’s deputy responding to Texas school massacre is told his daughter, 10, was killed just hours after she posed proudly with parents on receiving honor roll award
A harrowing photo captured the moment a Texas sheriff’s deputy responding to Tuesday’s school massacre was told his daughter was among the victims.
Felix Rubio was snapped clutching his wife Kimberly for support in Uvalde on discovering their beloved daughter Lexi, 10, was among 19 children murdered at Robb Elementary School by shooter Salvador Ramos.
The pain was clearly etched in Rubio’s face as he tried to comfort his wife. Even more heartbreakingly, he’d posed proudly with Lexi just hours before her death.
She had received a certificate for making the honor roll at Robb, and beamed proudly with her parents for a photo that was to be the last snap ever taken of them.
At the ceremony, Lexi made the All-A honor roll and won the school’s good citizen award, haar ma, Kimberly, wrote in a Facebook post.
Kimberly spoke about her final interaction with her daughter saying: ‘We told her we loved her and would pick her up after school. We had not idea this was goodbye.’
Felix also spoke to CNN while in extreme visible distress Wednesday, and called for gun control measures to try and prevent other parents suffering losses like his.
Felix Rubio attempted to console his wife as the horror unfolded on May 24 after learning the couple’s daughter Lexi, 10, was among 19 children brutally murdered while at school
Felix Rubio was one of the many law enforcement officers who responded to the school following the shooting
During a press conference following the shooting, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott confirmed that a sheriff’s deputy had lost a child at Robb Elementary School
Salvador Ramos het wettiglik twee AR-15-stylgewere gekoop (reg) insluitend die een wat hy in gister se aanval ná sy 18de verjaardag verlede week gebruik het. Die gewapende man het ook meer as gekoop 300 rondtes ammunisie
The distraught parent continued: ‘All I can hope is that she’s just not a number. This is enough. No one else needs to go through this. We never needed to go through this, maar ons is.’
During a press conference following the shooting, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott confirmed that a sheriff’s deputy had lost a child at Robb Elementary School.
In a live interview with CNN the day after the attack, Felix said through tears: ‘I’ve had enough with guns. I don’t want my daughter’s name to be just another name.’
When asked what issues he would like to see resolved following the shooting, Felix said: ‘Geweld, gewere. I’m a cop. I’m a deputy here in Uvalde County. This is enough.’
Felix and Kimberly Ramos pictured with their daughter just hours before the shooting
Felix Rubio pictured in uniform alongside his wife in 2018
Felix told CNN he wants to the issues of guns and violence resolved
In 'n aparte onderhoud, Felix said that his daughter was going to be an all-star softball player
The grieving parents later told CNN via text message that their daughter was ‘kind, soet, and appreciated life. She was going to be an all-star in softball and had a bright future whether it’s sports or academic. Please let the world know we miss our baby.’
In response to Lexi’s tragic death, her aunt set up a GoFundMe page to help her parents in their time of need.
According to a Facebook post from the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office in April 2018, Felix completed a week long active shooter training course alongside a fellow deputy.
The post read in part: ‘We never hope for situations where this type of training is needed, but we will always train to be prepared for the worst scenarios.’
In 2018, Felix completed an active shooter training program alongside another deputy
At the beginning of May 2022, Kimberly received an award in leadership from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. While in March 2022, Kimberly was the recipient of the 2022 Alice Franzke Non-Traditional Student Scholarship Award at the school.
In a profile on St. Mary’s website, Kimberly is described as pursuing a history degree. She is referred to as an award-winning journalist, having won prizes with South Texas Press Association for work as a reporter and editor with the Uvalde Leader-News.
Slagoffers van Uvalde-skoolskietery
Die skietery by Laerskool Robb in Uvalde, Texas het vertrek 19 studente en twee onderwysers dood. Hier is die slagoffers wat tot dusver geïdentifiseer is:
Graad vierde Alithia Ramirez (links) is vroeg Woensdag deur haar pa dood bevestig, Ryan Ramirez, who shared a post to Facebook showing the 10-year-old with angel’s wings. He had used the same photo the previous day as he pleaded for help finding her after the massacre. Jaliah Nicole Silguero (Mense van New York City tot Maine het wakker geword van diep sneeu en hoë winde toe 'n kragtige nor'paas sneeustormtoestande opgeskop het) is ook vroeg Woensdag as een van die slagoffers bevestig, with her mother Veronica Luevanos also sharing a memorial post saying saying she was ‘heartbroken’ over the loss
Jayce Carmelo Luevanos (links), who appears to be Jaliah’s cousin based on posts shared by the family, is Woensdag deur sy tante as een van die oorledenes bevestig. ‘Still can’t believe that we’re never gonna see you again,’ het sy op Facebook geskryf. Amerie Jo Garza (pictured at right with her father, Angel Garza) is Woensdag deur haar pa dood bevestig. The grieving parent captioned the post: ‘My little love is now flying high with the angels above’
Uziyah Garcia, nege, (links) en Makenna Elrod, 10, (reg) is albei deur geliefdes op Facebook dood bevestig
Xavier Lopez, 10, (links) en Eliahana Torres, 10, (reg) is ook Dinsdag by die skoolskietery dood
Ellie Lugo (links) en Nevaeh Bravo (reg) is ook vermoor. Ellie is vir etlike ure as vermis aangemeld voordat haar ouers haar dood bevestig het
Annabelle Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10, and Rogelio Torres, reg, is ook vermoor
Irma Garcia (links) en Eva Mireles (reg), wat mede-onderwys was in die vierde graad, is albei Dinsdag by Laerskool Robb geskiet en vermoor