• One of the 19 children who was killed at Robb Elementary School on May 24 was the daughter of one of the responding law enforcement officers, sheriff’s deputy Felix Rubio
  • Felix and his wife, Kimberly, had just left their daughter prior to Salvador Ramos’ massacre as they attended an awards ceremony at the school
  • Hours later, Felix was pictured in uniform at the school holding his wife in tears
  • In a tear-filled interview with CNN the day after the shooting, Felix said that he wanted to see a resolution to the issues of guns and violence
  • He added his hope that his daughter doesn’t just become a ‘number’

A harrowing photo captured the moment a Texas sheriff’s deputy responding to Tuesday’s school massacre was told his daughter was among the victims.

Felix Rubio was snapped clutching his wife Kimberly for support in Uvalde on discovering their beloved daughter Lexi, 10, was among 19 children murdered at Robb Elementary School by shooter Salvador Ramos.

The pain was clearly etched in Rubio’s face as he tried to comfort his wife. Even more heartbreakingly, he’d posed proudly with Lexi just hours before her death.

She had received a certificate for making the honor roll at Robb and beamed proudly with her parents for a photo that was to be the last snap ever taken of them.

At the ceremony, Lexi made the All-A honor roll and won the school’s good citizen award, her mother, Kimberly, wrote in a Facebook post.

Kimberly spoke about her final interaction with her daughter saying: ‘We told her we loved her and would pick her up after school. We had not idea this was goodbye.’

Felix also spoke to CNN while in extreme visible distress Wednesday and called for gun control measures to try and prevent other parents suffering losses like his.

The distraught parent continued: ‘All I can hope is that she’s just not a number. This is enough. No one else needs to go through this. We never needed to go through this, but we are.’

During a press conference following the shooting, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott confirmed that a sheriff’s deputy had lost a child at Robb Elementary School.

In a live interview with CNN the day after the attack, Felix said through tears: ‘I’ve had enough with guns. I don’t want my daughter’s name to be just another name.’

When asked what issues he would like to see resolved following the shooting, Felix said: ‘Violence, guns. I’m a cop. I’m a deputy here in Uvalde County. This is enough.’

The grieving parents later told CNN via text message that their daughter was ‘kind, sweet, and appreciated life. She was going to be an all-star in softball and had a bright future whether it was in sports or academics. Please let the world know we miss our baby.’

In response to Lexi’s tragic death, her aunt set up a GoFundMe page to help her parents in their time of need.

Department of Public Safety Lt. Christopher Olivarez told CNN that the shooter barricade himself inside a single classroom and that it is inside that classroom where most or all of the 19 children and two teachers were killed.

Police and state troopers arrived in time to hear gunshots inside a classroom where the man barricaded himself and began shooting children and teachers.

The unnamed agent who shot and killed Ramos is believed to be from the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC), which has specialized agents dispersed throughout the United States.

The BORTAC agent, whose identity has not yet been revealed, rushed into the school without waiting for backup.

Ramos was behind a barricade, returning fire, but the border patrol agent managed to shoot and kill the gunman before he could claim more victims.

‘They came in from opposite sides. The BORTAC agent ended up exchanging gunfire with the shooter, killed the shooter, and I am told that the agent was injured in his leg,’ reported Fox News.

‘They are trying to figure out if he was shot in the leg or hit by shrapnel.’

In an interview with KEN5, a survivor of the tragedy said: ‘When the cops came, the cop said: ‘Yell if you need help!’ And one of the persons in my class said ‘help.’ The guy overheard and he came in and shot her,” the boy said. “The cop barged into that classroom. The guy shot at the cop. And the cops started shooting.’

That child credited the deceased teachers, Irma Garcia and Eva Mireles, with saving his life. He said: ‘They were nice teachers. They went in front of my classmates to help. To save them.’

According to a Facebook post from the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office in April 2018, Felix completed a week-long active shooter training course that month alongside a fellow deputy.

The post read in part: ‘We never hope for situations where this type of training is needed, but we will always train to be prepared for the worst scenarios.’

At the beginning of May 2022, Kimberly received an award in leadership from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. While in March 2022, Kimberly was the recipient of the 2022 Alice Franzke Non-Traditional Student Scholarship Award at the school.

In a profile on St. Mary’s website, Kimberly is described as pursuing a history degree. She is referred to as an award-winning journalist, having won prizes with South Texas Press Association for work as a reporter and editor with the Uvalde Leader-News.

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