'She was full of love,' says Texas victim's father

STORY: "She touched a lot of people...she was a little firecracker," Jacinto Cazares told Reuters.

The Texas mass shooting on Tuesday was the deadliest school shooting since December 2012 when a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Uvalde, deep in the Texas Hill Country region about 80 miles (130 km) west of San Antonio, has about 16,000 residents, nearly 80% of them Hispanic or Latino, according to U.S. Census data. Like Newtown, it is a close-knit community of strong family connections and friendships.

GoFundMe pages have been set up for the community and for some of the families, aiming to raise funds to pay for funerals.

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