Felix Rubio and Kimberly Mata-Rubio attended a ceremony for their 10-year-old daughter, Lexi, at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24. Lexi received the good citizenship award and was awarded rewarded for getting all the A’s in his classes.
Her parents didn’t expect their daughter to die later that day when a gunman opened fire inside the school.
“That photo, her last, was taken around 10:54 am. To celebrate, we promised to get her ice cream later that evening. We told her we would get her ice cream.” i love her and we will pick her up after school I can still see her, walk with us towards the exit and smiled at us to acknowledge my promise. And then we left,” Kimberly Mata-Rubio told lawmakers during a House hearing on gun violence.
“I left my daughter at that school, and that decision will haunt me for the rest of my life,” she said, crying.
She then returned to work at Uvalde Leader-News and heard about a shooting on a police scanner.
The parents discovered their son was safe, but they could not find their daughter. Felix Rubio is a patrol deputy for the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office.
“Our focus was on finding Lexi. Bus after bus arrived. But she wasn’t on the train. We heard there were children at the local hospital, so we drove over to provide the delivery. give her a description. She wasn’t there”.
My father drove an hour and a half to San Antonio, to check in with University Hospital. At this point, a part of me must have realized that she was gone. In the midst of the chaos, I was tempted to go back to Robb. We do not have our car at this time. Traffic was everywhere. So I ran. I run, barefoot, with flimsy sandals in my hands. I run a mile, go to school, my husband with me.
We sat outside for a while before it became clear that we were not going to get an answer from law enforcement at the scene,” she said.
Back in Uvalde, they discover their daughter has been killed.
“We don’t want you to think of Lexi as just a number. She’s smart, compassionate and athletic. She’s quiet, shy – unless she has a point. Well, she stands her ground. She’s tough, outspoken, her voice doesn’t waver,” said Mata-Rubio.