Texas School Shooting Victims Who Texted ‘I Love You’ to Be Buried Next to Each Other

Two victims of the Ovaldi massacre – a girl and a boy – who exchanged “I love you” messages every night will be buried next to each other. Ten-year-old Annabel Guadalupe Rodriguez and Xavier Lopez were among the 19 students killed in the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary School.

The fourth graders were good friends who used to pass notes in the classroom. Their feelings first came to light when Annabelle told her mother, Monica Gallegos, about a boy who smelled “really nice” upon returning from her first day at school.

Months later, their family started having barbecues together, where Annabelle and Xavier used to play cards. Xavier’s mother, Felicia Martinez, and Monica found the couple texting each other at night and exchanging “I love you” messages. “Felisha and I are laughing, like, ‘How do you all know about love?'” Monica said in an interview with ABC News.

Annabelle and Xavier cemented their feelings for each other when Annabelle began wearing a photo of Xavier around her neck as a necklace that Xavier had given her. The last time the two were photographed together was on May 24, the day of the shooting, when the two were holding their diplomas of honor.

A few hours later, the shooter shot two teachers and 19 students, among whom were Annabelle and Xavier. Funeral services for the children were held this week. Their mothers decided that the two should be buried next to each other at Hillcrest Cemetery in Ovaldi, Texas. “I’m not ready,” said Monica, as she prepared for her daughter’s funeral.

The shooter, identified as Salvador Ramos, 18, first shot his grandmother in the face before he left for school. He reportedly crashed into a pickup truck through a school barrier before wreaking havoc on the school building.

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