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‘I’m not prepared’: 2 Uvalde victims who texted ‘I really like you’ to be buried subsequent to at least one one other

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‘I’m not prepared’: 2 Uvalde victims who texted ‘I really like you’ to be buried subsequent to at least one one other

In August, Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez got here residence from her first day of fourth grade at Robb Elementary School and informed her mother a couple of boy.

She stated the boy, Xavier James Lopez, smelled and dressed “really nice,” her mom recalled — and inside weeks, the 2 started passing notes at school. Months later, when the climate warmed, their households obtained collectively for weekend barbecues, the place Annabell and Xavier would play tag.

Their moms, Monica Gallegos and Felicha Martinez, quickly found the kids had been texting one another “I love you” at bedtime. “Me and Felicha would laugh, like, ‘How do y’all know about love?'” Gallegos informed ABC News.

By spring, Annabell had an image of Xavier strung round her neck, a present from Martinez. She put it on for all of his little league video games. Other occasions, she saved it safely in her backpack.

PHOTO: Xavier Lopez and Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, schoolmates and sweethearts, were both killed when a shooter attacked Uvalde Elementary School, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.
Xavier Lopez and Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez had been schoolmates and sweethearts.

Courtesy Monica Gallegos

On the morning of May 24, Annabell and Xavier posed for footage at an awards ceremony within the college cafeteria. Xavier beamed. He had made the distinction roll for the primary time. Perhaps Annabell’s smarts had rubbed off on him, her mother had joked.

Martinez snapped a photograph and the youngsters ran again to class.

PHOTO: Xavier Lopez, left, poses with his honor roll certificate at Uvalde Elementary School with his girlfriend and classmate Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, on May 24, 2022, the day of the shooting.

Xavier Lopez, left, poses together with his honor roll certificates at Uvalde Elementary School together with his girlfriend and classmate Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, on May 24, 2022, the day of the capturing.

Courtesy Cecily Saenz

About an hour later, a gunman walked right into a classroom and killed 19 college students and two academics. Xavier and Annabell had been amongst them.

The two kids shall be buried this week at Hillcrest Cemetery in Uvalde, Texas. Martinez and Gallegos made the choice to have their 10-year-olds buried facet by facet.

“I’m not ready,” Gallegos stated over the weekend, as she made the ultimate preparations for her daughter’s funeral, which shall be held at this time. Xavier’s funeral was held yesterday.

PHOTO: The custom designed casket for Uvalde Elementary School shooting victim, Xavier Lopez, features a Toronto Blue Jays theme.

The customized casket for Uvalde Elementary School capturing sufferer, Xavier Lopez, incorporates a Toronto Blue Jays emblem as a result of that was the identify of his little league crew and he beloved baseball and the colour royal blue.

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Though she didn’t bear in mind it, Annabell first met Xavier when the 2 had been toddlers. Her grandfather and great-grandmother had lived at a trailer park in Uvalde the place Xavier additionally used to reside — and when Annabell went to go to, the 2 usually performed exterior collectively.

Their mothers remembered this years later, when Annabell discovered her manner again to Xavier at Robb Elementary. “She had this big old crush on him,” Gallegos stated.

Most folks had been drawn to Xavier, stated his grandmother, Amelia Sandoval. At age 7, he had realized to make his father’s signature scorching salsas, and offered them to household and mates. The cash he earned went towards shopping for toys from Dollar General for his little brothers.

PHOTO: Xavier Lopez, right, with his grandmother, Amelia Sandoval, in an undated family photo.

Xavier Lopez, proper, together with his grandmother, Amelia Sandoval, in an undated household photograph.

Courtesy Cecily Saenz

Sandoval stated her grandson was additionally an brisk prankster who beloved to bounce Cumbia. When Sandoval’s husband sat out in the course of the South Texan companion dance, it was all the time Xavier who would step in. “He had lots of energy to keep up with G-mom,” she stated.

PHOTO: Xavier Lopez, left, poses with his dad and brothers in an undated family photo.

Xavier Lopez, left, poses together with his dad and brothers in an undated household photograph.

Courtesy Cecily Saenz

Annabell lived together with her mother, her two sisters, her pet chihuahua, Bailey, and her grandmother, Lucy Gallegos. She would usually spend evenings portray her grandmother’s nails and braiding her hair. During the summer time, the household would drive to the banks of the Nueces and Frio rivers and promote scorching canines. Annabell was tasked with operating the snow cone machine.

She and her household would additionally discuss their religion, Gallegos stated. Annabell started every morning by thanking God for one more day.

Everyone in school knew about Annabell and Xavier, Gallegos stated — even their trainer, Arnulfo Reyes.

PHOTO: Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez and Xavier Lopez, schoolmates and sweethearts, were both killed when a shooter attacked Uvalde Elementary School, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.

Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez and Xavier Lopez had been schoolmates and sweethearts.

Courtesy Monica Gallegos

Reyes, who remains to be recovering from his personal gunshot wounds, misplaced all 11 of his college students in room 111 on the day of the capturing, together with Xavier and Annabell.

“He would make things for her, he would write notes for her,” Reyes stated from his hospital mattress. “It brings a smile to your face just to think they really loved each other.”

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