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Illiana, 12, and her sister Amelia Treviño, 13, have their hair combed and braided at the Plaza Barber Shop in Uvalde on March 23, 2023. Both the girls get their braids done before every softball game.
Uvalde school shooting

A year ago, these Uvalde kids left school early. They’re haunted by what happened next.

The three Treviño children have suffered from panic attacks and nightmares since a mass shooting a year ago this week left 19 of their schoolmates and two teachers dead. Their parents are striving to help their kids feel normal again.


The Uvalde shooting: What happened, how to help and resources

  • What happened in Uvalde?

  • How have Texas officials responded?

  • How common are mass shootings in Texas?

  • How can I help affected families?

  • Where can Texans get mental health support?

  • How can I talk to my kids or others about gun violence and tragic news?

David Treviño walks around the crosses at Memorial Plaza, after pausing to look at his cousin Amerie Jo Garza's cross, in Uvalde on March 23, 2023.
Jessica Treviño tries to talk with her youngest son, Austin, 9, to get him ready for school in the early morning at their home in Uvalde on Feb. 21, 2023. Austin eventually got up, but stayed home with his father on this day.
Austin Treviño, 11, emerges from his bedroom wearing a pair of noise-canceling headphones as his sister Illiana gets ready for school in the early morning at their home in Uvalde on Feb. 21, 2023.
David James walks towards the car that his mother will take the children to school in.
First: A pair of noise-canceling headphones sit on the kitchen table. Austin Treviño, the youngest of the four siblings, uses them when he feels overwhelmed by loud noises. Last: A lunch bag in the kitchen holds the family’s medication and prescription pills.

February 21

Top left: Illiaña Treviño throws a ground ball back to her coach during drills at softball practice in Uvalde on Feb. 21, 2023. Top right: Jessica Treviño watches her daughters during a softball practice in Uvalde.
Illiaña and Ameliaña at softball practice. After the shooting, Jessica and David Treviño signed all of their kids up for sports to give them a positive activity.
Left: David Treviño, watches his sister Amelia, 13, practice with a private softball coach from the backseat of the family van. Right: Ameliaña Treviño practices her batting form during softball practice

February 23 

Illiana Treviño sits patiently as her mother, Jessica, places hair rollers in her hair before bed, at their home in Uvalde on Feb. 23, 2023. According to her mother, this is a nightly ritual.
David Treviño laughs while he holds their dog, Chubs, while his father, David, washes him down with a hose outside their home in Uvalde on Feb. 22, 2023.
David, 11, and Austin Treviño, 9, play basketball while their father David, 41, speaks with a neighbor and his cousin Oscar, 46, in the street in front of their home in Uvalde on March 21, 2023.
Jessica Treviño looks through her son's school papers while trying to get him to work on homework at the kitchen table with his other siblings, in their home in Uvalde on Feb. 22, 2023.

March 21 

First: A note from Austin Treviño’s school teachers labels a folder with make-up work that sits on the kitchen table in the Treviño’s home in Uvalde on March 21, 2023. Last: Illiaña Treviño practices batting for softball while her mother, Jessica, watches from the back porch of their home in Uvalde on March 23, 2023.

March 22

Jessica Treviño and her daughter Illiana, 12, leave the Sacred Heart Catholic School after the school called her to warn her that she was not feeling well, in Uvalde on March 22, 2023. Treviño says that Illiana, 12, will sometimes feel stomach sickness or physically tired as early symptoms of anxiety attacks.
Jessica Treviño, 44, arrives at the Sacred Heart Catholic School to pick up her daughter, Illiana, after the school called her to warn her that she was not feeling well, in Uvalde on March 22, 2023. Treviño says that Illiana, 12, will sometimes feel stomach sickness or physically tired as early symptoms of anxiety attacks.
Jessica Treviño gives anxiety medication to her daughter, Illiana, 12, after picking her up from school early in Uvalde on March 22, 2023. Treviño had called home, complaining about stomach aches and fatigue, symptoms that often precede anxiety attacks for her.
Austin Treviño blows on a chip during a stop at a convenience store.
First: Illiaña, hiding under the blankets, is comforted by her mother after an upsetting interaction at school. Last: Jessica Treviño straightens her oldest daughter’s hair before heading out to meet the softball team.
David Treviño cheers from the stands after Illiana hit a single and made it to first base during the third inning of their team's second softball game of the season, in Uvalde on March 23, 2023.
Left: A family friend gives Illiana Treviño a hairtie in the dugout. Right: Illiana Treviño runs to first base during the third inning. Her team, the Texas Pride, lost the game, but Illiana was one of three teammates to hit the ball during the match.

March 24 

Jessica Treviño tries to comfort Illiana during a panic attack in her bedroom, in Uvalde on March 24, 2023. The date happened to be the 10-month mark of the Robb Elementary school shooting, where Illiana lost her cousin and good friend Amerie Jo Garza. As Jessica works to calm Illiana down, she calls in her sister Amelia to help. Together with their cousin-in-law, Ida Velasquez, they go through breathing exercises and try to use grounding techniques to bring Illiana back to the present moment. They worked with her for nearly 20 minutes before Illiana started to calm down.
Jessica Treviño hugs Ida Velasquez, her cousin-in-law, after they helped her daughter Illiana calm down from a panic attack on the ten month anniversary of the Robb Elementary school shooting in her home on March 24, 2023. "You have to stay strong," Treviño said to her Velasquez, "If she sees you crying, she will get upset again."
Illiana Treviño holds one of the newborn kittens the family had been caring for, after her mother and sister helped calm her down from a panic attack on the 10-month mark of the Robb Elementary school shooting, in her bedroom in Uvalde on March 24, 2023. Treviño wouldn't say exactly what had caused the panic attack, but said that she randomly had a thought that caused her to envision a scene, and couldn't get it out of her head.
Jessica Treviño reflects on the events of the evening with a cigarette on the back porch of her home in Uvalde on March 24, 2023. "Sometimes I come out here and try to think about how I can do things differently, better, for tomorrow," Treviño said.

March 25

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Ameliaña Treviño jumps off of a suspension bridge at Blue Hole Park in Del Rio on March 25, 2023.
The Treviño siblings race to get back to shore after jumping from a suspension bridge into the water as their father, David, watches them at Blue Hole Park in Del Rio on March 25, 2023.
Illiaña Treviño floats in the water after jumping from a suspension bridge at Blue Hole Park in Del Rio on March 25, 2023.

May 20


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