‘If only I had let her’: Family says daughter murdered in TX classroom begged to ‘stay home with mama’

Ten-year-old Jailah Silguero reportedly begged her mother, Veronica Luevanos, to stay home the day of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, but was sent off to school anyway only to be gunned downed by an evil psychopath hours later while she sat next to her cousin, Jayce Carmelo Luevanos.

The fourth-grader allegedly wanted to “stay home with momma,” but there were only two days left in the school year and her mother sent her off that morning not knowing she would never see her again, a relative told The Daily Beast.

“Jailah didn’t want to go to school yesterday,” her grandmother Linda Gonzales stated. “That’s what her momma was really upset about last night: ‘If only I had let her stay home.'”

“I took her to school, but she didn’t want to go. She told her father, ‘Can I stay home?'” Luevanos said, adding that the little girl didn’t often ask to stay home. “I think she knew something would happen.”

Now, her mother is mourning the child’s death along with scores of other parents in the small Texas town. The gunman, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, took the lives of 19 children and two teachers in his killing spree that also wound up costing him his own life.

First, he reportedly shot his grandmother in the face, who is said to be in critical condition. Then he went to the school to commit one of the most heinous crimes in American history.

The grandmother described the young cousins as the babies of the family. Jailah evidently loved to dance and Jayce loved to make others laugh.

“They were just so sweet,” she told The Daily Beast in an interview. “They were sweet kids and lovable. What can you say about little innocent kids? I don’t have words. We think this is a small community, it can’t happen here, but oh my God, it’s happening anywhere.”

The mother’s father had recently died and the family had just attended a memorial for him the week before. Now, they have the funerals of two little ones to attend to as well.

“He was in Mexico so they didn’t get to see him,” Gonzales remarked referring to the departed grandfather. “I told Veronica last night, ‘Just look at it as your daddy taking your baby with him.'”

The little girl’s mother reportedly spent hours waiting to find out about her daughter’s death. She frantically traveled back and forth between the school and a civics center for news on Jailah. As other parents were reunited with their little ones, Luevanos received gut-wrenching news about her daughter.

“They didn’t realize there were dead children in the school,” Gonzales claimed, referring to the panicked parents. “They kept telling them: go to [the] hospital or go to the civic center. Nobody was told there’s dead kids in there. Nobody.”

The mother posted on Facebook that her daughter “didn’t deserve this.”

“Neither did your classmates n cousin Jayce nor your 2 teacher’s. I’m so heart broken baby,” she wrote. “We miss you so much mama R.I.P my beautiful angel fly high baby can’t wait to see u again. We Love You Jailah &Jayce fly high my loves.”

Jailah and Jayce’s uncle, Zeke Luevanos, drove in from Odessa to comfort his sister and brother after they submitted DNA samples while awaiting the devastating news on their children, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“They’re not doing too good,” he told the media outlet before they found out the children were among the dead. “This is a good town, a really good town. It’s just a waiting game.”

The grandmother told The Daily Beast that one of her nephews who is an official with the local sheriff’s department responded to the massacre and left drenched in blood.

“He picked up some children to lay them in someplace so they could be covered,” Gonzales recounted. “He’ll never forget the scene.”

“How can they allow an 18-year-old to purchase a weapon when they don’t allow them to buy alcohol or liquor?” she asked, according to The Daily Beast. “They can’t buy liquor or cigarettes but they can buy a weapon. We don’t know what to think.”

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