May 27 Texas school massacre news

By Travis Caldwell, Seán Federico-O'Murchú, Aditi Sangal, Adrienne Vogt and Melissa Macaya, CNN

Updated 4:46 a.m. ET, May 28, 2022
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7:53 p.m. ET, May 27, 2022

School shooting victim Maranda Mathis, 11, described as a "bright" and "spunky" girl 

From CNN’s Caroll Alvarado

Miranda Mathis.
Miranda Mathis. (Deanna Miller)

Maranda Mathis, 11, has been identified as one of the victims of the Robb Elementary School shooting, according to the city of Uvalde’s website.

The Washington Post also spoke with Leslie Ruiz, who identified herself as a friend of Maranda’s mother.

Ruiz told the Washington Post that the 11-year-old was a “bright girl” who was “fun” and “spunky.” She said that Maranda’s best friend was her brother and he was also in the school when the shooting happened. 

On Wednesday, Maranda’s cousin, Deanna Miller, expressed her grief on Facebook, writing, “My sweet baby cousin we loved u dearly I'm so sorry this happen to u baby please keep my family in your prayers." 

The city of Uvalde has posted the names and photos of the 21 victims. 

Correction: An earlier version of this post had the incorrect spelling of the victim's first name.

10:55 a.m. ET, May 27, 2022

City of Uvalde shares names and photos of all 21 victims of Robb Elementary shooting

From CNN’s Caroll Alvarado

The names and photos of all 21 victims from the shooting at Robb Elementary School have been listed on the city of Uvalde's website.

It includes information on where to send donations for a memorial fund, as well as a link to resources.

"We are working on setting up an online option for donations and will post that information as soon as we have that ready," according to the city's site.

11:21 a.m. ET, May 27, 2022

10-year-old shooting victim Rojelio Torres was an "intelligent, hardworking and helpful person," his aunt says

From CNN’s Caroll Alvarado

Rojelio Torres.
Rojelio Torres. (Evadulia Orta)

Ten-year-old Rojelio Torres has been identified as one of the victims of the Robb Elementary School shooting, his aunt Precious Perez confirmed to CNN affiliate KSAT. 

Perez said the entire family waited almost 12 hours to find out if her nephew was one of the victims.

“We are devastated and heartbroken. Rojer was a very intelligent, hardworking and helpful person. He will be missed and never forgotten,” Perez told KSAT. 

Prior to learning about his passing, Rojelio’s father, Federico Torres, spoke with CNN affiliate KHOU. In a very somber interview he told the affiliate he learned about the shooting through friends and left work to rush to the school where officials did not give him information right away. 

In a Facebook post, Rojelio’s mother, Evadulia Orta, posted a photo of her son and wrote “RIP to my son Rojelio Torres we love you and miss you.”

9:10 a.m. ET, May 27, 2022

10-year-old girl discharged from San Antonio hospital

From CNN’s Amanda Watts & Lucy Kafanov

A 10-year old girl has been discharged from University Hospital San Antonio, Dr. Lillian Liao said Friday. 

Liao said she was happy to report that one of the children who was injured in the Robb Elementary school shooting was discharged.

“So we're currently caring for two children and one adult patient at University Hospital,” Liao said.

A 66-year old woman remains in serious condition. A 10-year old girl is also in serious condition and a 9-year old is in good condition, according to the hospital.

9:39 a.m. ET, May 27, 2022

10-year-old shooting victim Maite Rodriguez loved animals and wanted to be a marine biologist

From CNN’s Caroll Alvarado 

Maite Rodriguez.
Maite Rodriguez. (Ana Rodriguez)

Maite Rodriguez, 10, has been identified as a victim of the Robb Elementary School shooting, her mother Ana Rodriguez confirmed in a post on her Facebook page.

Rodriguez said her daughter dreamed of becoming a marine biologist and had her heart set on attending Texas A&M in Corpus Christi.

On Facebook, Rodriguez dedicated a lengthy post to her daughter where she said she wanted everyone to know that Maite was “sweet, charismatic, loving, caring, loyal, free, ambitious, funny, silly, goal driven,” and her best friend.

She wrote that her daughter loved animals, photography and learned to sew on her own by watching YouTube videos. 

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Rodriguez called Gov. Greg Abbott an “embarrassment to Texas,” and said that his refusal to even consider stronger gun laws after what happened on Tuesday is “inexcusable.”

“In my opinion, nobody’s brain is fully developed at the age 18. You’re still a child, and what would a child do with an AR? I guess we all know now,” she said. 

Abbott has said that tightening gun laws would not prevent mass shootings and regularly tweets about guns and his support for gun owners. He’s signed laws making Texas an open carry state for handguns and on public university campuses.

Rodriguez also told the magazine her daughter was smart, competitive and determined.

Rodriguez ended her Facebook post with a message to her daughter which read, “it’s not goodbye it’s I’ll see you later my sweet girl. I LOVE YOU.”
8:14 a.m. ET, May 27, 2022

A fourth-grader who survived the shooting says she smeared friend’s blood on herself to appear dead

From CNN's Nora Neus

(Miah Cerrillo family photo)
(Miah Cerrillo family photo)

Eleven-year-old Miah Cerrillo, who survived the massacre in the fourth-grade classroom at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, said she smeared her friend's blood on herself to appear dead in case the shooter came back.

She spoke exclusively to CNN about her horrific experience that day, but declined to speak to any men because of what happened and only feels comfortable speaking to women. She also did not want to go on camera.

Miah and her classmates were watching "Lilo & Stitch" when her teachers Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia got an email notifying them of a shooter in the school. CNN spoke to both Miah and her mother.

One teacher "went to the door and he was right there — they made eye contact," Neus told CNN's John Berman. "Mia says it just happened all so fast. He backed the teacher into the classroom. He made eye contact with the teacher, again, looked her right in the eye and said 'goodnight' and then shot her and killed her."

At this point, he opened fire in the classroom, which hit the other teacher and a lot of Miah's friends.

Miah was hit by fragments of the bullets, too. They are visible on her back, on her shoulders and the back of her head, Neus reported.

The shooter then went into the adjoining classroom, and Miah told CNN that she could hear screams, a lot more gunfire, and then she said she heard music.

"She thinks it was the gunman that put it on. He started blasting sad music," Neus said. "She just said it sounded like 'I want people to die' music."

Miah said she was scared the gunman would come back to kill her and a few other surviving friends. So, she put her hands in her friend's blood, who laid next to her— and already looked dead—and then smeared it all over herself to appear dead. 

She and a friend also managed to grab her dead teacher’s phone and call 911 for help. She says she told a dispatcher, “please send help because we’re in trouble.”

Miah says she thought she was there for three hours, but her mother then said, "sweetheart, I think it was closer to one hour but I'm sure it felt that way."

As she laid there, Miah thought the police just hadn't reached the campus, she told CNN.

She says afterwards, she overheard talk of police waiting outside the school. Recounting this during the interview, she started crying, saying she just didn’t understand why they didn’t come inside and get them.

Now, Miah is living through the trauma and her parents have started GoFundMe specifically to pay for her therapy.

WATCH: 11-year-old says she used her friend's blood to play dead in classroom

6:46 a.m. ET, May 27, 2022

Off-duty CBP officer tells NYT he helped evacuate school

From CNN's Amanda Watts

An off-duty US Customs and Border Patrol officer heard there was an active shooter at Robb Elementary School and ran out of a barbershop as fast as he could. 

Jacob Albarado told The New York Times he had just sat down for a haircut when he got a text message from his wife, Trisha, a fourth-grade teacher at the elementary school, that there was an active shooter in the building. Their daughter, a second-grader at Robb Elementary, was locked in a bathroom, and she texted him.  

He borrowed a shotgun from his barber and sped to the scene. 

According to an interview with NYT, Albarado saw that a tactical team was already forming to enter the wing where the shooter was holed up, so he and several other officers on the scene came up with a plan to evacuate as many children as possible. 

Albarado said he led the team toward the wing of the school where his daughter was. “I’m looking for my daughter, but I also know what wing she’s in,” he said, “so I start clearing all the classes in her wing.” 

When he finally found his 8-year-old daughter Jayda, he hugged her, but then quickly kept rescuing other children. 

The children were “hysterical” as the team guided them out of the building and onto the sidewalk, bring out dozens of kids and teachers. 

“I did what I was trained to do,” Albarado told the NYT.

7:23 a.m. ET, May 27, 2022

"I know it might happen again, probably": Shooting survivor, 10, says he's afraid to return to school

From CNN's Adrienne Broaddus and Bill Kirkos

Jayden Perez trained for days like Tuesday. But the 10-year-old never thought it would happen. The moment he and his classmates heard gunfire, he said his teacher at Robb Elementary School locked the door and told her students to “hide and be quiet.” 

“It was very terrifying because I never thought that was going to happen,” Jayden told CNN. “(I’m) still sad about some of my friends that died.”

During the interview, Jayden started calling the names of the deceased with whom he was friends. Then he stopped, looked at a row of crosses behind him bearing their names and said, “Basically all of them.” 

Now, the fourth-grader said he is scared it will happen again. 

When asked if he ever wants to go back to school, he was clear and concise.

“No, because after what happened. I don’t want to. I don’t want anything to do with another shooting or me in the school,” Jayden said.

“And I know it might happen again, probably.”

Jayden said he was hiding near the storage area for backpacks during the shooting, while others in his class were under a table. The entire time, he said, he wondered what was going to happen to them.

About 90 minutes before the shooting, his family celebrated Jayden’s achievement of making the honor roll. 

When reunited with his family, his mother was the first to give him a hug. 

Now the child is reminding everyone to hug those you love, while you can.

“You never know when you can lose someone close to you,” Jayden said.

Hear from the 10-year-old survivor here:

5:01 a.m. ET, May 27, 2022

"I'm just hurt": Victim's father mourns loss, says police should have moved in sooner

From CNN’s Joe Sutton

Jessie Rodriguez, the father of 10-year-old victim Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, speaks with CNN on Thursday May 26.
Jessie Rodriguez, the father of 10-year-old victim Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, speaks with CNN on Thursday May 26. (CNN)

Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10, who was killed in Tuesday's massacre, was passionate about school, her father Jessie Rodriguez told CNN's Pamela Brown.

 "Even when she was sick, she didn’t like to miss a day of school," he said.

"As she was growing up, she’d always tell me she wanted to be a veterinarian. She was always challenging new things. She liked to work with me since I’m a carpenter, so, she liked to learn how to do whatever I did. She learned to rip carpet out, cut linoleum for me. Her and her twin sister would always be at work trying to help me doing something, painting or something,” he said.

Rodriguez noted that Annabell was protective of her twin sister and that the pair were close. 

“They did everything together. Now, it going to be a big gap there. She’s going to have to learn to grow into, as well as me,” he said. 

The father also spoke about Annabell’s cousin, Jackie Cazares, who was also killed on Tuesday. He described Jackie as smart and taught his twins how to use their phones, and that the three played together often.

“I’m just hurt,” Rodriguez said.

When asked about the amount of time the gunman was in the school and the other details released by authorities, Rodriguez said “it’s very upsetting.”

"As a father, I would have just went in. I don’t need nobody to tell me to go in and defend harmless children. Why wait … you’re officers serving the peace and protect us, protect our children. 
"And, one hour being in there is too long — that’s just too much. Should have been within minutes. 
"I believe the officers at that point should have went in and took control and not let this man finish off with them, one at a time.”