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'I Want to Hug You One Last Time': Daughter of Uvalde Teacher Shares Harrowing Letter to Late Mom

Salwa Nadeem
May 27, 2022
10:00 A.M.

After losing her mother in an unimaginable tragedy, Adalynn Ruiz penned a heartfelt letter and shared it with the whole world. The letter to her late mom made the readers teary-eyed.


It always feels bad to hear about unfortunate incidents like massacres, but most people forget about them sooner or later unless the incident has impacted them directly.

If someone suddenly loses a loved one, they wish to speak to them one last time. The girl in today's story also wanted to talk to her late mother after her sudden demise.



On May 24, 2022, Adalynn Ruiz lost her mother in the tragic massacre that occurred at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Besides Ruiz, 20 other families have been impacted by the mass shooting.

According to Ruiz, her mother, Eva Mireles, a 4th-grade teacher, "selflessly jumped in front of her students to save their lives." Ruiz wrote in a heartfelt letter to her mom:

"Mom, I have no words to describe how I feel right now, tomorrow, and for the rest of my life."



Ruiz believed her 44-year-old mother was a hero because she saved the lives of her students without thinking about herself. Mireles had been working for the school for the past 17 years.

Besides Mireles, her coworker, Irma Garcia, and 19 students lost their lives that morning. On May 25, 2022, Ruiz wrote a letter for her mother and shared it on Twitter as a tribute to "the half that made her whole." Ruiz wrote:

"I want to hug you one last time."



The devastated daughter said she "kept telling herself this wasn't real." The sudden unfortunate demise of her mother left Ruiz in tears, but she made sure to keep her mom alive in her memories.

Ruiz said she missed the way Mireles talked to their dogs. She also recalled the times when she snoozed her alarm multiple times, and her mother used to wake her up. Losing her mother all of a sudden came as a shock to Ruiz. She added:

"I want to feel the calluses on your hands because you were not only a teacher during the day but the most hardworking cross-fitter in the afternoon."



In her heartfelt note, Ruiz said her mother used to call her every day at 4:30 in the evening after her work ended. It was hard for her to believe that she wouldn't see her mother's name on the caller's ID anymore.

Besides being a caring teacher, Mireles was a loving mother, wife, and dog-lover. She often sat with her dogs on the couch and enjoyed singing songs with her daughter. Ruiz said:

"I want everything back. I want you to come back to me, mom. I miss you more than words can explain."



After admitting that she spent "the best times of her life" with her mother, Ruiz said she didn't want people to forget her. She felt glad that now people knew how brave she was. Ruiz wrote:

"You are so known by many now and I’m so happy that people know your name and that beautiful face of yours and they know what a hero looks like."

Before concluding her letter, Ruiz promised she would take care of her father and her dogs. She also thanked Mireles for being an inspiration to her and said she was "proud to be her daughter."


It's true when they say people die, but their actions live forever. Eva Mireles lost her life, but people will remember her bravery and selflessness. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the 21 victims who lost their lives on May 24, 2022.

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