Irma Garcia, a 48-year-old teacher and mother of four, died when Salvador Ramos, just 18, burst into her classroom on May 24.
The ceremony was also held in memory of her husband Joe Garcia, to whom she had been married for 24 years and who died “of grief” two days after the massacre according to her family.
Their coffins, covered with flowers, were carried inside the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart in Uvalde for a mass. They must be buried later in the day.
An online fundraiser raised nearly $2.8 million for their family.
Another teacher, Eva Mireles, whose room was connected to that of Irma Garcia, was also killed.
According to the testimony of an 11-year-old student survivor, who smeared herself in blood and feigned death to escape the shooter, the latter looked at one of the two teachers, said “good night” to her and then fired at it, before shooting down his colleague.
The assailant was later killed by police.
The funerals of the 21 victims will extend until mid-June. Tuesday, a week after the massacre, was held the funeral of the first child victims, including Amerie Jo Garza, who had just celebrated his tenth birthday.
“Funny little diva who hated dresses” and “had a big heart”, she dreamed of becoming an art teacher, her family had described in her obituary.
– Questions about the police –
The pain of the families is mixed with incomprehension and anger at the delay in the intervention of the police, considered too long.
It was indeed necessary to wait about an hour for the police to intervene in the class where the shooter had taken refuge. The 19 agents on site awaited the assault of a specialized unit.
This came as law enforcement had received numerous calls from people in the affected rooms, including one from a child pleading: “Please send the police now.”
The Texas authorities made their mea culpa on Friday, admitting that the police should have acted more quickly.
The killings, like those that preceded it, sparked calls for stricter control of access to weapons in a country that has more guns and rifles than people.
President Joe Biden could hear them on his way to Uvalde on Sunday, voices chanting “Do something!” on his way.
On Monday, he promised to “keep pushing” for stricter gun regulations.
“I think things have gotten so bad that it makes everyone more rational on this subject,” hoped the Democratic president.
But moving from words to deeds will be difficult: the narrow majority of his party in Congress does not allow him to pass such legislation alone.
In the meantime, the weekend following the tragedy was again marked by a series of shootings that left several dead and dozens injured.
And on Tuesday, a grandmother was shot and killed in Louisiana as she left her grandson’s graduation ceremony, according to local media.