Killed Uvalde girl remembered as caring and opinionated ::

— Alexandria Aniyah Rubio had opinions like her mother, and she played basketball and softball like her father. When she grew up, she wanted to go to college on a softball scholarship and become a lawyer.

Lexi, as family and friends called her, was among 19 children and two teachers who were shot in the May 24 attack at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Her family asked mourners to wear bright colors to Lexi’s funeral on Saturday at First Baptist Church in Uvalde because Lexi loved them.

Lexi wanted to major in math one day at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, where her mother is a student, the family said in an obituary posted on a funeral home’s website. They described her as “sarcastic, but caring, generous”.

“When she knew she was right — she so often did — she held on,” her mother, Kimberly Mata-Rubio, told a congressional hearing on gun safety on Wednesday. . “She was firm, direct, in an unwavering voice.”

She also described her daughter as “smart, compassionate, and athletic.”

Mata-Rubio is a reporter for the local newspaper and Lexi’s father is the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Deputy. At the hearing in Washington, they urged Congress to pass tougher gun laws, including one that would raise the age to buy guns like the one used in the attack to 21.

“We stand up for Lexi, and as her voice, we demand action,” her mother said.

Lexi admired Democratic U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, according to her obituary. Her parents told the New York Times that they declined an invitation to meet Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

“My first thought was, ‘My Lexi doesn’t even like her,'” Mata-Rubio told The Times. “She was really small, but we talked about that at home.”


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