HOUSTON – Houston’s Lizzo recently honored Eva Mireles, a Uvalde teacher who was killed in a mass shooting at Robb Elementary, during her acceptance speech at the People’s Choice Awards on Tuesday night, KSAT News reports.
The fourth-grade teacher was killed when an 18-year-old gunman attacked the school on May 24. Mireles, fellow teacher Irma Garcia, and 19 students were killed.
Mireles’ sister, Maggie Mireles-Thomas, was on stage with Lizzo as she accepted the People’s Champion Award along with other activists, including the mother of Breonna Taylor.
The award-winning singer was recognized for her contribution to music, television and championing for diversity and inclusivity across race, gender, sexuality, and size.
“Her sister Eva Mireles was a teacher and a hero who lost her life protecting her students at a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas,” Lizzo said. “Maggie is continuing her fight ... of senseless and despicable gun violence that has become far too common.”
In a Facebook post before the ceremony, Mireles-Thomas said she was going to “make sure everyone knows who my sister is.”