By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Sources: Texas Department of Public Safety and The White House (Information)
Pictures: KSAT 12 ABC and KENS 5 CBS (Courtesy)
Uvalde, Texas: The United States President and First Lady visits the community on Sunday, May 29th, 2022 as people mourn and honor the victims of the deadly shooting on the campus of Robb Elementary School that left 21 people killed, including 19 children and 2 adults who were teachers.
United States President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrived in Uvalde, Texas meeting with the community and religious leaders and victims’ families of the deadly shooting.
Outside Robb Elementary School, United States President Joe Biden stopped at a memorial of 21 white crosses – one for each of those killed – and First Lady Jill Biden added a bouquet of white flowers to a pile in front of the school sign, before they viewed individual altars erected in memory of each student as they moved along the row.
After visiting the memorial, United States President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden then arrived for a church mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where some of the families of those who were killed worship.
As they departed church to meet privately with family members, a crowd of about 100 people began chanting “do something,” which United States President Joe Biden reportedly answered, “We will,” as he got into his car, and was United States President’s only public comment during roughly 7 hours visit.
United States President Joe Biden would later tweeted that he grieves, prays and stands with the people of Uvalde, tweeting on Twitter that, “And we are committed to turning this pain into action.”
United States President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden then met privately with family members at a community center and then with first responders at the airport before returning to Washington, District of Columbia.
United States President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden visited amid mounting scrutiny by local police response to the deadly shooting that occured almost a week ago on Tuesday, May 24th, 2022.
Officials revealed last Friday that students and teachers repeatedly begged 911 operators for help as a police commander told more than a dozen officers to wait in a hallway.
Officials also say that the commander believed the suspect was barricaded inside an adjoining classroom and that there was no longer an active attack.
The revelation caused more grief and raised new questions about whether lives were lost because officers did not act faster to stop the gunman.
The United States Justice Department announced on Sunday that they will review the law enforcement response and make its findings public.
The gunman identified by authorities as Salvador Ramos was ultimately shot and killed by Border Patrol tactical officers.
Authorities say that the gunman legally purchased two guns not long before the deadly school shooting; an AR-style rifle on May 17 and a second rifle on May 20.
The gunman had just turned 18 years old, permitting him to buy the weapons under federal law.
Shootings across the United States and their deadly aftermath have put a fresh spotlight on the nation’s entrenched divisions and inability to forge consensus on actions to reduce gun violence.
In Congress, a bipartisan group of senators talked over the weekend to see if they could reach even a modest compromise on gun safety legislation after a decade of mostly failed efforts.
Mckinzie Hinojosa, whose cousin Eliahana Torres was killed during the deadly shooting, said, “It’s more than mourning. We want change. We want action. It continues to be something that happens over and over and over. A mass shooting happens. It’s on the news. People cry. Then it’s gone. Nobody cares. And then it happens again. And again. If there’s anything if I could tell Joe Biden, as it is, just to respect our community while he’s here, and I’m sure he will, but we need change. We need to do something about it.”
ZachNews and the Needles, California as well as the Colorado River Tri-State area communities stands with the families and friends of the victims and send out condolences to you all.