Eva Mireles’ husband, a police officer, tried to save her after she was shot at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, according to the director of the state Department of Public Safety, Col. Steven McCraw.
During a Texas Senate hearing Tuesday on the police response to the shooting, McCraw said that Mireles’ husband, Ruben Ruiz, had his gun taken away, was detained and escorted off the scene after he received a call from his wife.
“We got an officer, Officer Ruiz, whose wife had called him and said she (had) been shot and she’s dying,” McCraw said in video shared by PBS “News Hour.” “What happened to him as 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.”
Fourth grade teacher Mireles was one of the two educators who was killed in the school shooting on May 24, when an 18-year-old killed 19 students. Lydia Martinez Delgado told The New York Times that her niece died protecting her students.
Ruiz is an Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District officer. The couple’s daughter, Adalynn Ruiz, wrote a heartbreaking tribute following her mother’s death.
“Mom, you are a hero. I keep telling myself that this isn’t real . I just want to hear your voice,” she wrote on Facebook in part, adding, “I want everything back. I want you to come back to me mom. I miss you more than words can explain.”
Mireles’ cousin, Amber Ybarra, also spoke with “TODAY” after the tragic shooting, remembering her as “a hero.”
Slain Uvalde teacher’s police officer husband tried to save his wife. His gun was taken away.Slain Uvalde teacher’s police officer husband tried to save his wife. His gun was taken away.