The children Xavier James López and Annabell Guadalupe Rodríguez, who were part of the 19 children killed in the Uvalde (Texas) massacre, will be buried next to each other this week, according to ABC News. In this new massacre in the United States on May 24, two teachers also died after Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old boy, entered the elementary school heavily armed and shot it indiscriminately.

Both will be buried this week at Hillcrest Cemetery in Uvalde, Texas. Felicha Martínez, Xavier’s mother, and Mónica Gallegos, from Annabel, made the decision to bury their 10-year-old children next to each other.

Although they were just a couple of ten-year-olds, Xavier and Annabell’s love story became more than just passing notes and exchanging smiles in class.

Monica Gallegos first found out about her daughter’s feelings when she came home on the first day of school and told her about a boy who dressed and smelled “very nice.”

Annabell’s mother and Xavier’s mother were aware that they exchanged affectionate text messages at bedtime.

“Felicha and I were laughing, like: ‘How do you know what love is?'” Monica Gallegos told ABC News.

Little Annabell, as a sign of her love for Xavier, wore his picture around her neck. It was a gift from him.

Mónica Gallegos, devastated by his death, assures that “she is not prepared” to face life without her little daughter.

Monica and Felicha told their children with amusement that they already played together long before going to school where they met their tragic end, since their grandmothers, who lived nearby, took them out to play outdoors near their houses.

“She was very much in love with him,” explains Monica Gallegos.

Arnulfo Reyes, the children’s teacher at the Texas school, was aware of the love between Xavier and Annabell. It wasn’t really a novelty at school, according to Annabell’s mother.

Reyes is still recovering from injuries sustained in the mass shooting, in which he lost 11 students, including Xavier and Annabell, that day. “It made you smile just to think that they really loved each other” these two 10-year-olds.

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