Uvalde magistrate Eulalio Diaz was tasked with the excruciating job of figuring out the our bodies of the 21 victims shot lifeless at Robb Elementary Faculty within the small Texas city Tuesday.
Diaz labored into the night time figuring out the 19 kids and two lecturers who had been gunned down of their fourth-grade classroom as households of the unaccounted for anxiously waited exterior the Uvalde civic middle for any updates, the El Paso Instances reported.
Native authorities swabbed members of the ready households for DNA in an effort to assist establish the youngsters who didn’t make it out of the varsity.
“A number of the kids weren’t in fine condition,” Diaz informed the El Paso Instances.
The 18-year-old mass capturing suspect, Salvador Ramos, allegedly used a strong AR-15-style rifle — which he legally bought a day after his 18th birthday this month — to shoot his grandmother within the face earlier than firing off bullets on the fourth-graders and their two lecturers.
Within the hours following the capturing, many households had been left with little data on the whereabouts of their kids.
Individuals collect for a vigil at Uvalde County Enviornment after a mass capturing at Robb Elementary Faculty that claimed the lives of 19 college students and a couple of lecturers on Wednesday, Could 25, 2022 in Uvalde , Texas.James Keivom
Mother and father, aunts, uncles and cousins of Robb Elementary Faculty college students who didn’t come dwelling and weren’t at a close-by hospital flooded social media with images of the youngsters and determined pleas for data.
They waited exterior the civic middle for hours, fearing the worst, with no possible way of understanding if their little one was killed till the our bodies had been matched with the names and images of the lacking college students.
Diaz’s job was making the matches. He was referred to as upon to establish the our bodies as a result of Uvalde, a rural city 80 miles west of San Antonio with a inhabitants of about 15,200 individuals, doesn’t have its personal medical expert.
He arrived at Robb Elementary Faculty at 2:30 p.m. and recorded the time of dying of the 21 victims as 3:10 p.m., he informed the native newspaper.
He broke down as he recounted the heartbreak he felt placing a reputation to every of the 21 within the tight knit city the place everybody appears to be a neighbor, good friend of a good friend or acquaintance.
“We all know all people,” Diaz mentioned, talking about himself and his household. “We all know kids who had been there. As quickly as we heard concerning the shooter, we had been additionally fielding calls from our households.”
“Uvalde is only a small city in Southwest Texas,” Diaz mentioned. “It wasn’t on the map.”
His personal kids, within the eighth and twelfth grades at close by faculties, will lengthy be marked by the tragedy, he added.
Every sufferer’s physique should bear an post-mortem and with so many lifeless, he anticipated it’ll take 48 hours earlier than the our bodies will be launched to family members.
He’ll then have one other heartbreaking responsibility.
“It’s going to be robust when I’ve to sort up 21 dying certificates,” he mentioned.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Uvalde County Sheriff Ruben Nolasco, ] and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz attend a vigil a day after a gunman killed 19 kids and two lecturers at Robb Elementary Faculty, at Uvalde County Fairplex Enviornment, in Uvalde, Texas.REUTERS