Uvald: visits, funerals and burials one by one


UVALDE, TX (AP) – The first day of a joyful week for Robb Elementary School students should have been the start of summer vacation. Instead, the first two of the 19 children were killed on Monday in the class She was remembered on funeral visits.

The gathering for 10-year-old Amerie Jo Garza was at the Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home in Uvald, Texasstraight from primary school where Children with two teachers, was shot dead on Tuesday before the gunman killed himself. It was a visit to 10-year-old Mighty Rodriguez at the town’s other funeral home.

Over the next two and a half weeks of trauma, people in a southwest Texas town would say goodbye to the children and their teachers, a heart-wrenching visit, one funeral and one burial after another. as such Family and friends unleash their griefInvestigators will pay for answers about How did the police respond? To the shooting, lawmakers said they would look What can be done to stop armed violence permeate the nation.

This week alone, the funerals of 11 children and teacher Irma Garcia have been planned.

On Monday, some mourners visiting Amiri wore shades of lilac or lilac – my prince’s favorite – at the request of her father, Angel Garza. Many of them carried flowers, including purple flowers.

The little girl who loved to draw just received a cell phone for her tenth birthday. One of her friends told Angel Garza that Amiri had tried to use the phone to call the police during the assault on her fourth-grade classroom.

Among the mourners of Ameri’s visit were some of Maiti’s relatives. Like many people, they were attending both.

The Mighty family wore green tie-dyed shirts with an illustration showing Mighty with angel wings. Before going to the funeral home, they stopped at the trench to see the metal gate striker Salvador Ramos crashed into a pickup truck before crossing the field and entering the school.

“How did it go all this time?” asked Juana Magana, Mighty’s aunt.

Hillcrest Memorial itself and the shooting will be linked forever. After Ramos crashed the truck, two men at the funeral home heard the accident and ran toward the scene. Ramos shot them. He missed it and both men reached safety.

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Elahna “Ellie” Garcia’s funeral will take place on June 6 – the day after she turns 10. Her family was preparing for a big birthday party at her grandmother’s house this coming weekend. She was hoping to receive gifts related to the Disney movie “Encanto”.

“I loved this movie and talked about it a lot,” said her aunt, Seria Arizmendi.

Elle was quiet even around family but loved shooting videos and was already practicing with her older sister choreography for the Quinceanera party — celebrating the girl’s 15th birthday — even though it was still five years away, Arizmendi said.

Arizmendi said Ellie’s older sister is fine, they have a long road to recovery.

“It’s sad for all the children,” she said.

Funeral directors, embalmers, and others from all over Texas arrived to help. Jimmy Lucas, president of the Texas Funeral Directors Association, said he attended a hearing and volunteered to work as a chauffeur, provide services, or do whatever he could. NBC News. Other mortuary technicians were there to assist with the facial reconstruction services due to the damage caused by the military-style archer rifle.

Governor Greg Abbott, speaking at a Memorial Day event in Longview, urged Texans to keep Ovaldi in their prayers.

“What happened in Ovaldi was an appalling act of evil,” Abbott said. “And as Texons, we must come together and elevate Uvalde and support them in every possible way. It will take some time to heal the devastation the families there have gone through and are still going through, but rest assured, we will not relent until Uvalde recovers.”

The US Department of Justice Sunday announced a review of the law enforcement response. The police came under heavy criticism for taking her more than an hour To kill Ramos inside the adjoining classroom where he unleashed the massacres.

Officials revealed Friday that students and teachers have repeatedly called on 911 workers to help, with the police chief telling more than a dozen officers to wait in the hallway. Officials said the commander believed the suspect was holed up inside an adjacent classroom and that there was no longer an active attack.

The revelations raised new questions about whether lives were lost because officers did not move faster to stop the gunman, who was eventually killed by Border Patrol tactical officers.

Authorities said Ramos legally purchased two handguns shortly before the school attack: an AR rifle on May 17 and a second shotgun on May 20. He was already 18 years old, which allows him to purchase guns under federal law.

A day after Yuvaldi visited and pledged, “We will” in response to people chanting, “Do something,” President Joe Biden on Monday expressed some optimism that there may be some bipartisan support for tightening restrictions On the type of high-powered weapons used by the gunman.

“I think things have gotten so bad that everyone is getting more sane, at least that’s my hope,” Biden told reporters before honoring the nation’s fall in Memorial Day remarks at Arlington National Cemetery.

“It was absolutely not the Second Amendment,” Biden said. “You can’t buy a cannon when the Second Amendment was passed. You can’t go out and buy a lot of guns.”

A bipartisan group of senators spoke over the weekend to see if they could reach even a modest compromise on gun safety legislation. Senator Chris Murphy, who is leading these efforts, said encouraging government “red flag” laws to keep guns away from those with mental health issues, and addressing school security and mental health resources has been up for debate.

The group will meet again this week under a 10-day deadline to reach an agreement.


Nathan Elgren of Ovaldi and Jim Salter of Ovalon, Missouri, contributed to this report.


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