Lifelong friends and victims of the Uvalde school shooting will be buried next to one another — a decision made by their parents — who say the two shared an incredible bond.
Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez and Xavier James Lopez will be laid to rest at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery in Uvalde this week — their parents will have the friends side-by-side, according to an interview with ABC News.
The 2 were close friends that attended Robb Elementary School, first meeting as toddlers and continuing to build their friendship as they grew up together.
As they got older, they’d text each other things like “I love you” at night … and Annabell would wear a necklace with a photo of Xavier on it.
On the day of the shooting, both students received awards at school, posing for a pic together before returning to class … and just one hour later is when tragedy struck.
21 people died at Robb Elementary — teacher Arnulfo Reyes, who lost Annabell, Xavier and the rest of his class, remembers Xavier always putting a smile on Annabell’s face.