As the days pass since the May 24 Robb Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, more and more stories are coming out about the victims and who they were. One particularly touching story is of Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez and Xavier James Lopez. Though the pair were young, both just 10 years old, they had a beautiful, budding romance. Both having lost their lives in the shooting, the families have confirmed that they will bury the two children side-by-side.
Two Uvalde Victims To Be Buried Next To Each Other
On the first day of fourth grade, Annabell Rodriguez’s mother Monica Gallegos says her daughter came home from school starry-eyed. She’d met a boy who she said both smelled and dressed “really nice”. That boy was her classmate Xavier. Soon after the pair began passing notes to one another in class. Their romance blossomed from there, and a few months later when the weather warmed up, their families began having barbecues together. (1)
Gallegos and Xavier’s mother Felicha Martinez soon discovered that their children were even sending each other “I love you” bedtime texts. Gallegos says that she and Martinez joked about it, questioning what two fourth-graders could really know about love.
Elementary School Sweethearts
In the springtime, Xavier gifted Annabell with a picture of him on a necklace. Annabell wore it to all of Xavier’s little league games. The rest of the time she kept it tucked safely in her backpack, but always had it with her. On the morning of May 24, the pair posed for a photo together with their honor roll certificates. Xavier was particularly proud of himself because it was the first time he had ever made the honor roll. Gallegos says she joked about her daughter’s smarts rubbing off on the little boy.
Though he was excited to go home and show his brothers, Xavier decided to stay to watch a movie and celebrate with his classmates, as did Annabell. It was about an hour after that ceremony where Martinez took that photo that the gunman stormed their classroom and killed them, along with the other students in their classroom, several students in the neighboring classroom, as well as two teachers.
A Romance That Was Meant To Be
Though the children were too young at the time to remember it, their meeting in their fourth grade classroom wasn’t actually the first time that the pair had met. They’d actually first met several years before when they were just toddlers. Annabell’s grandfather and great-grandmother lived in the same trailer park where Xavier used to live. Whenever Annabell went to visit, the two babies would play together outside.