UVALDE, Texas — Financial support aimed at survivors and loved ones of those killed in Tuesday’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School totaled millions by Monday evening.
The small town of Uvalde, Texas, with a population of about 16,000 people, plunged into mourning after 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos opened fire on the elementary school, barricaded himself in a fourth-grade classroom and killed 19 students and two teachers.
Among the largest pool of donations has been to the family of Joe and Irma Garcia, with nearly 50,000 donors contributing more than $2.7 million by Monday night.
Irma Garcia was one of two teachers killed in Tuesday’s shooting, and her husband, Joe, died of a heart attack two days later. The couple, who shared four children, had been married for more than two decades.
According to the GoFundMe page established by Irma Garcia’s cousin, Debra Austin, the donations will benefit the couple’s children, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
According to the newspaper, at least 21 other verified GoFundMe pages are currently circulating online, and the crowdfunding platform is working to ensure scammers do not exploit tragedy.
The top donation, more than $500,000, was imported from a separate GoFundMe created by John Martinez, the Garcias’ nephew, The Washington Post reported.
Meanwhile, the page has also received several other high-dollar donations and was promoted on social media by Bill Pulte, a philanthropist and CEO of the investment firm Pulte Capital, according to the newspaper.
Separately, fundraising pages have been established for Eva Mireles, the second of two teachers killed Tuesday, as well as for the following students: Amerie Jo Garza, Alithia Ramirez, Tess Mata, Nevaeh Bravo, Xavier Lopez, Jayce Luevanos, Eliahna Torres, Maite Rodríguez, Jailah Silguero, Makenna Lee Elrod, Alexandria Rubio, Rojelio Torres, Layla Salazar and Eliahna Garcia, the Statesman reported.
“(Mireles) put her own fears aside to protect her students that day,” her sister wrote. “She was a gift God let us borrow. Our family is torn, we want her back. Nothing will ever fill this void.”
According to the Statesman, a few pages are also raising funds to help offset medical, physical and counseling needs for surviving victims, including students Kendall Olivarez, Miah Cerrillo and Noah Orona, as well as fourth-grade teacher Arnulfo Reyes, who was severely injured while protecting his students.
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