With Uvalde set to start burying its dead, police response still doubted

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A silver coffin with the body of 10-year-old Amerie Jo Garza inside was carried into Sacred Heart Church in Uvalde on Tuesday — marking the first of 21 funerals for those killed in last week’s mass shooting at a Texas elementary school. Maite Rodrigo will be laid to rest Tuesday night. Her family stated that she wanted to become a marine biologist.

“She didn’t deserve it. I know she was brave in that moment. Maite’s cousin Destiny Esquivel said that she was telling people where to hide.

Nineteen of the victims, including 44-year-old teacher Eva Mireles, will be buried in specially designed caskets made and donated by a nearby Texas business. Maggie Mireles, Mireles’ sister had to choose the dress she would be buried in.

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A memorial for the 19 children and two adults killed on May 24th during a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School is seen on May 30, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas.

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“That was the hardest thing that I’ve ever had to do in my life. She told CBS News that she never thought she would do this for her sister.

Mireles was a CrossFit enthusiast who was also an avid hiker and was killed while trying to protect her students.

” Every morning, I wake up and cry because it’s true. Maggie said, “I know it’s real.

As the reality sets in, so does anger towards local law enforcement. The community that initially questioned why police waited about 75 minutes before entering the school is now demanding answers.

The Uvalde school’s police force, including its Chief Pete Arredondo, completed active shooter training just two months ago. According to the training, an officer’s first priority should be to confront the attacker.

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A woman cries at a makeshift memorial at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 29, 2022.

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As the finger-pointing grows, so does the grief. Residents continued to pay their respects at the growing memorial, which also includes Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey who was born in Uvalde.

Local border agents also laid a wreath, after risking their lives to end the rampage.

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Texas Governor. Greg Abbott declared a “state of disaster” for the small town to “accelerate all state and local resources to help” the community in its time of need.

Police response remains very much in focus

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Sunday that it would review the law enforcement response. Heavy criticism has been levelled at the police for taking over an hour to kill Ramos in the classrooms adjacent where he unleashed his carnage.

Officials revealed 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 claimed that Arredondo believed the suspect was hiding in a nearby classroom and that there was no active attack. This revelation raised questions about whether innocent lives were spared because officers failed to act faster to stop the gunman. He was eventually killed by U.S. Border Patrol tactical police officers.

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Officer stands in front of a broken window at Robb Elementary School, the site of the May 24th mass shooting, on May 30, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas

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Many locals have come to blame the well-liked, home-grown Arredondo for the excruciating delay in killing the shooter.

At a Friday news conference, the director of state police stated that Arredondo made the wrong decision about when officers should move in. Steven McCraw, head of Texas Department of Public Safety, stated that officers took over an hour to enter the classroom after following the gunman inside the building.

Authorities have said Ramos legally purchased two guns not long before the school attack: an AR-style rifle on May 17 and a second rifle on May 20. He had just turned 18, permitting him to buy the weapons under federal law.

Gun legislation efforts rekindled

A day after visiting Uvalde and pledging, “We will,” in response to people chanting, “Do something,” President Joe Biden on Monday expressed some optimism that there may be some bipartisan support to tighten restrictions on the kind of high-powered weapons used by the gunman. Biden stated that he believed things had gotten so bad that everyone is becoming more rational. He spoke to reporters before addressing the nation’s fallen at Arlington National Cemetery’s Memorial Day remarks.

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People at a memorial for the 19 children and two adults killed on May 24 during a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School is seen on May 30, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas.

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“The Second Amendment was never absolute,” Biden said. The Second Amendment didn’t allow you to buy a cannon. You couldn’t buy many weapons. “

Senators from both parties met over the weekend to try and reach a compromise on gun safety legislation. The effort is being led by Sen. Chris Murphy. He said that the state “red flag” laws were encouraged to keep guns from people with mental health problems. School security and mental resources were also on the table.

The group will meet again this week under a 10-day deadline to strike a deal.

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