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Hearts 'forever broken': Here are the victims of the Texas school shooting

Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Hayley Smith, Alejandra Reyes-Velarde and Jenny Jarvie, Los Angeles Times on

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Adolfo Cruz told ABC News late Tuesday night that his granddaughter, Eliahana Cruz Torres, was among those killed in the shooting.

A woman who said she is Eliahana’s aunt told a reporter with KENS-TV News that the girl was a 10-year-old fourth-grader and a softball player, excited to play her final game that was scheduled the day of the shooting.

The woman, who didn’t give her name, said her sister Sandra Torres, the girl’s mother, had been looking for her child throughout the day with no luck.

“It’s not like my niece not to reach out because when she feels threatened or scared, she’s always calling on her phone. She’ll blow up somebody until somebody answers her.”

The woman said she spoke to her niece the day before the shooting about her upcoming softball game and showed a picture of Eliahana in her softball gear.

“She was very excited about her softball game today. She was kind of nervous,” her aunt said. “She was excited because they were … going to announce the ones that made it to All-Stars. And she was also saying, like, ‘What if I make it? I’m going to be so nervous.’ And I was like, ‘Girl, you got this. You’re going to be good at it. You got this.’ So she was excited.”

 

Eliana “Ellie” Garcia, 9

Fourth-grader Eliana “Ellie” Garcia, 9, was the second-eldest of five girls in her family, a helper around the house who loved “Encanto,” cheerleading and basketball, her grandparents said. She dreamed of wearing a purple dress to her quinceañera, they said, and becoming a teacher.

Grandfather Rogelio Lugo, 63, spent Tuesday driving between hospitals, then waiting at the civic center for the grim news. He watched as officials swabbed his daughter’s and son-in-law’s mouths for DNA to identify his granddaughter.

At about 9:30 p.m., he said, officials started calling parents’ names, summoning them to a back room to inform them that their children were dead.

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