St. Mary’s University student’s daughter among 19 children killed in shooting at Uvalde Primary School

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SAN ANTONIO – The daughter of a St. Mary’s University student is among 19 children who were fatally shot at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, according to university vice president Tim Bessler.

Kimberly Mata-Rubio lost her daughter, Alexandria, on Tuesday after an 18-year-old gunman entered the school and opened fire, killing 19 students and two teachers.

The shooting was considered the deadliest elementary school shooting since Sandy Hook.

Mata-Rubio is a history major at St. Mary’s University and she lives in Uvalde with her children and husband, according to the university.

“Please keep Kimberly, her family and the community of Uvalde in your prayers as they mourn Lexi and others whose lives were lost. We also know that a tragedy within our St. Mary’s family is felt by many of us. We’re here to help,” St. Mary’s University said in a statement.

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A prayer service will be held in the Chapel of the Assumption at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1 for the victims of the shootings and to help families and friends of the Uvalde community.

The university said its law school is also holding a community conversation at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 2 “to discuss the impact of the Uvalde massacre and how we as a community can better advocate for prevention. armed violence”.

St. Mary’s students in need of emotional support can contact the Student Advice Center at 210-436-3135 or the University Ministry at 210-436-3213. Employees who need support can contact the Employee Assistance Program at 1-888-238-6232.

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