EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — A family right here in Evansville is related to one of the victims of the Texas elementary school shooting.
Eyewitness News was joined by Hugo Avila — his cousin is a teacher who was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound. Tonight, he spoke with us about the tragic events that unfolded Tuesday afternoon in Uvalde, Texas.
On Monday, Elsa Avila celebrated the class of 2022 at the Senior Day parade, where seniors walked through the hallways of Robb Elementary school. Just one day later, those same hallways would turn into a nightmare.
Elsa Avila is a teacher at Robb Elementary and she was shot in the stomach during the mass shooting where police say an 18-year-old gunman stormed the school. She was airlifted to a hospital in San Antonio where she underwent surgery immediately.
“I cannot imagine what my aunt and my cousins are going through,” said Hugo Avila. “It makes me wish I was there. But I can’t be at the moment.”
Hector Avila, Elsa’s brother, was in constant contact with Hugo Avila, updating him on Elsa’s condition. After several hours, Hugo got the update he was waiting for – his cousin was out of surgery and would be okay.
“They’re fighters,” added Hugo Avila. ” I mean I’m not surprised that she came out of it. Because they’re strong women. All of them.”
Hugo said his family is letting Elsa get some rest.