Texas shooting: Joe Biden visits Robb Elementary memorial as another review of police response announced

President Joe Biden visited the scene of the fatal Texas school shooting to pay respects to those who lost their lives.

US leader and first lady Jill Biden arrived in the town of Uvalde and first visited the memorial outside Robb Elementary School.

They took a moment to see each of the 21 white crosses – representing the 19 children and two children who were killed – erected in honor of the victims, and laid white roses in front of the school sign.

The Bidens attended mass at Sacred Heart Church where they met protesters who pleaded with the president to “do something,” prompting him to respond twice, “We will.”

Mr Biden then tweeted that he was crying, praying and supporting the people of Uvalde. “And we are committed to turning that pain into action,” he said.

Mckinzie Hinojosa, whose cousin Eliahana Torres was killed on Tuesday, said she respects Mr Biden’s decision to mourn with the people of Uvalde. “It’s more than mourning,” she said. “We want change. We want action. It continues to be something that happens over and over and over again. A mass shooting happens. It’s on the news. People are crying. Then it’s gone. Nobody cares. And then it happens again. And again.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican who is a staunch supporter of gun rights, accompanied the Bidens.

The president has stepped up his calls for stricter gun control

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The Bidens attended mass after honoring Robb Elementary School

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The couple also met with the families who lost loved ones, survivors and first responders to the tragedy to hear their stories and offer comfort.

The trip to Uvalde marks Mr Biden’s third presidential visit due to a mass shooting, after he paid tribute to the 10 victims of a gun attack on a supermarket in Buffalo earlier this month.

It comes as the US Department of Justice said it would review law enforcement’s response to the Robb Elementary tragedy amid conflicting accounts of what happened.

He said the review would be conducted in a fair and impartial manner and aimed to “provide an independent account of the actions and responses of law enforcement that day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices for help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events”.

The critical errors made by police are also being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety, which is seeking to determine the motive for the shooter’s attack and why he was not caught sooner.

Democratic Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez said “we are all angry” at the police response to the shooting.

“In the end, everyone failed here,” he said. “We let these children down. We even dropped them in the Texas Legislature.

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