Officers stand outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 25, 2022 after the massacre
A tight-knit Latino community in Texas was wracked with grief on Wednesday after a teenager wearing a bulletproof vest walked into an elementary school and killed 19 children and two teachers – the latest spasm in America’s gun violence crisis. America.
Details of the atrocity, the victims and the 18-year-old shooter – who was killed by police – emerged as America grapples with its deadliest school shooting since the Sandy Hook tragedy in Connecticut ten years ago.
“It looks like there is a dark cloud over this city,” he told AFP. “You just want to pinch yourself and wake up from this horrible nightmare.”
“When, in the name of God, will we do what we all know we must do? Biden asked, his voice slow and heavy with emotion.
Identified as Salvador Ramos, the shooter was a resident of the city and an American citizen.
School law enforcement fired on Ramos, but he managed to enter a classroom and lock it to barricade himself, then began shooting at the children and the two teachers, Chris said. Olivarez from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
“It’s just going to show you the utter evil of this shooter,” Olivarez told CNN.
Details have emerged of the shooter as a deeply troubled teenager – he was repeatedly bullied for a speech impediment which included a stutter and lisp and once cut his face ‘just to pleasure,” a former friend of Ramos, Santos Valdez, told The Washington Post.
As broken families shared the news on social media, the names of the murdered children, mostly of Latin American descent, began to emerge: they included Ellie Garcia, Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, Uziyah Garcia.
“I love you Amerie jo,” he wrote. “I will never be happy or complete again.”
– ‘We will miss it’ –
A cousin of Mireles, Amber Ybarra, called her a hero.
There were more mass shootings – in which four or more people were injured or killed – in 2022 than days so far this year, according to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive which recorded 213 such incidents.
– “It doesn’t happen anywhere else” –
“It’s not inevitable, those kids weren’t unlucky. It only happens in this country and nowhere else,” Murphy told the Senate in Washington.
Despite recurring shootings with many casualties, multiple initiatives to reform gun regulations have failed in the US Congress, leaving states and local councils to tighten — or weaken — their own restrictions.
Originally published as ‘Nightmare’ as gunman murders 19 children and two teachers in Texas