One of the two teachers who was shot and killed along with 19 children during last month’s massacre at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Eva Mireles, apparently called her husband, who is a police officer, and told him that she had been shot and that she was dying. Naturally, he raced to the school to try to rescue her, but he was stopped outside the school, detained, and his firearm was taken from him. He was then removed from the scene according to the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Steven McCraw, as reported by NBC News.
During a Texas Senate hearing on Tuesday, McCraw spoke of the Uvalde Police’s response to the mass shooting incident. He revealed what Mireles said to her husband, Officer Ruben Ruiz, and explained what happened to him when he tried to go in and save his wife’s life.
“We got an officer, Officer Ruiz, whose wife had called him and said she [had] been shot, and she’s dying,” McCraw said, as seen on a video recording of the hearing. “What happened to him was he tried to move forward into the hallway … he was detained, and they took his gun away from him and escorted him off the scene.”
Can you imagine what was going through Officer Ruiz’s mind when his ability to possibly save his wife was taken from him? Had he breached the room, he could have stopped the shooter in the attempt to save Eva.
Mireles was a fourth-grade teacher and one of the two teachers shot and killed on that horrific day that also saw the lives of 19 children taken, NBC News said. Ruiz, her husband, is an Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District officer, the outlet said.
KWTX-TV reported that McCraw did not mention the agency that had Ruiz removed from school grounds.
Adalynn Ruiz, the couple’s daughter, posted a tribute to her mom on Facebook. I dare to you read it and not cry out loud at the love, sadness, and anguish this poor young lady is experiencing:
To the half that makes me whole ,Mom, I have no words to describe how I feel right now, tomorrow, and for the rest of my life. I never thought that I would be here writing this type of post for you . Mom, you are a hero. I keep telling myself that this isn’t real . I just want to hear your voice . I want to hear you talking to our dogs with that silly voice you make so high that wakes everyone up in the morning. I want to hear you say “Nanis wake up already man!” Because I keep snoozing my alarm . I want to hug you one last time and I want to feel the calluses on your hands because you were not only a teacher during the day, but the most hardworking cross fitter in the afternoon. I want to be able to get out of work and expect your call at 4:30 everyday because that’s the first thing you would do as soon as you got out. I want to see you sitting on the couch you claimed was only yours sitting with our dogs . I want to send you tik toks and say them over and over until dad gets tired of us . I want to annoy you and wake you up from naps just so you can check on my chicken and make sure I didn’t under cook it . I want to sing karaoke with you and hear you sing “ shine bright like diamond!” In your loudest voice . I want to fight with you for the stupidest things and then laugh with you after . I want everything back . I want you to come back to me mom. I miss you more than words can explain. My beautiful mom, thank you for the funniest memories . Thank you for the best times of my life. Thank you for being my bestfriend. Thank you for being the best mom anyone could ask for . You are so known by many now and I’m so happy that people know your name and that beautiful face of yours and they know what a hero looks like . I don’t know how to do this life without you, but I will take care of dad. I will take care of our dogs and I will forever say your name so you are always remembered, Eva Mireles, 4th grade teacher at Robb Elementary who selflessly jumped in front of her students to save their lives . My heart will forever be broken. My bestfriend, my twin was taken from me . Thank you for loving me in the best ways and for raising me to become so strong. Everyone who knows you knows how outgoing and funny you were and I will miss your laugh forever. I want to thank you mom, for being such an inspiration to me. I will forever be so proud to be your daughter. My sweet mommy , I will see you again.
Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out during this difficult time , my family will always be so grateful for all of the love and support. Thank you for remembering my mom and sharing what a Hero she is. My condolences go out to all of the families who were affected by this tragedy. God bless you all and please hold yalls mommas tight for me .
McCraw also said that the police response was an “abject failure.”
“Three minutes after the suspect entered the west building, there was a sufficient number of armed officers wearing body armor to isolate, distract, and neutralize the subject,” he said. “The only thing stopping a hallway of dedicated officers from entering Room 111, and 112, was the on-scene commander, who decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children.”
McCraw repeatedly denounced Uvalde school district police Chief Pete Arredondo, the commander at the scene who made the wrong decision to treat the incident as a barricaded hostage situation and not an active shooter situation which caused him to order police to not immediately engage the shooter. Arredondo has been placed on administrative leave.
“The officers had weapons; the children had none,” McCraw said. “The officers had body armor; the children had none. The officers had training; the subject had none. One hour, 14 minutes and 8 seconds. That’s how long children waited, and the teachers waited, in Room 111 to be rescued.”
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