Eva Mireles is the first identified victim of the massacre that took place yesterday in a primary school in Texas, when at least 21 people were killed, most of them children. Mireles, who was in her 40s, taught 4th grade. She worked at the school for 17 years, writes NYT.
According to her biography on the school's website, she was married to a police officer and had one daughter. She is said to have loved running, hiking, and her pets. Her aunt Lydia Martinez Delgado said that Eva was a favorite in the community and that she was proud to teach at a school where the students are mostly Latin Americans.
“My niece, Eva Mireles, approximately 17 yr teacher for UCISD along with another teacher and 18 children lost her lives to a senseless tragic shooting. I’m furious that these shooting continue, these children are innocent, rifles should not be easily available to all.
This is a my hometown a small community of less then [sic] 20,000. I never imagined this would happen to especially to loved ones. not all the facts have been released yet all we can do is pray hard for our country, state, schools and especially the families of all”.
said Martinez Delgado.
An investigation is underway and more information is expected today.
The attack on a primary school in Texas is the most serious crime in American schools since December 2012, when an armed attacker killed 20 children and six adults in a primary school.
U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and offered him any help he needed regarding the aftermath of the horrific shooting at a Texas elementary school, the White House reported. Biden spoke with Governor Abbott from the plane and offered him all the help he needed, White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield said on Twitter.
Biden was informed about the shooting on the Air Force One presidential plane on his way back from Asia, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said on Twitter. She added that the president's prayers with the families affected by this horrific event.
In a statement issued before the landing, Biden ordered the flags on the White House and American federal and public buildings to be lowered to half-mast by May 28.