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Texas school shooting teacher ‘devoted herself to her family and her students’

The funeral of a teacher killed in the Texas school shooting has been told how much she loved her dog, the hike and the exercise – but most of all, she loved her family and her students.

A funeral mass was held on Friday for Eva Mireles, 44, who was killed on May 24 when a gunman burst into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.

Nineteen children and teacher Irma Garcia also died in the attack. Relatives tipped off by police said the two teachers died trying to protect their students.

Ms. Mireles was finishing her 17th year of teaching. School District Superintendent Hal Harrell remembered Ms. Mireles and Ms. Garcia as teachers who “put their heart and soul” into their work.

An obituary for Ms Mireles said she “devoted herself to her wonderful family and her amazing students”.

A memorial at Robb Elementary School (Eric Gay/AP)

She loved Crossfit, hiking, and spending time with her dog, Kane.

“Her smile and personality never went unnoticed because when she was around it was never a dull moment,” the obituary said.

A relative, Amber Ybarra, 34, of San Antonio, remembers Ms Mireles as a loving mother and wife.

“She was adventurous… She will certainly be greatly missed,” Ms Ybarra said.

Ms. Mireles’ enthusiasm showed up in an article on the school’s website at the start of the school year.

“Welcome to 4th grade! We have a great year ahead of us!” she wrote.

Ms Garcia’s funeral took place last week. Services for children will continue until the end of June.