Texas school shooting victims mourned
Friends and family of the mass shooting victims at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, lay to rest 19 young children at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Tuesday.
On May 24, 2022, 18-year-old Salvador Rolando Ramos fatally shot nineteen students and two teachers, and wounded seventeen other people. Earlier in the day, he shot his grandmother in the forehead at home, severely wounding her.
The small, tight-knit community of the Texas town of Uvalde was united in grief and anger.
Pallbearers carry the casket of Amerie Jo Garza
The body of Amerie Jo Garza, 10, arrived in a silver coffin and was carried into Sacred Heart Catholic Church by six pallbearers wearing white shirts with red carnations.
Another girl, Maite Yuleana Rodriguez, also 10, was due to be laid to rest later Tuesday, with further ceremonies scheduled through the coming weeks.
Mourners dressed in purple, colour of school
Mourners, some of them dressed in the purple colour of Robb Elementary School across the street, gathered outside the church ahead of the funeral amid a strong police presence.
A funeral for one of the two teachers killed, 48-year-old Irma Linda Garcia, will take place Wednesday, according to a local CBS News affiliate.
Police stand guard in front of Sacred Heart Church
As the community mourned, anger seethed over the response of the police.
Officers have come under intense criticism since the May 24 tragedy over why it took well over an hour to neutralize the gunman -- the "wrong decision," TexasDepartment of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw has admitted.
ABC News on Tuesday cited multiple law enforcement sources saying that the Uvalde police department and school district had stopped cooperating with the DPS's investigation into the handling of the attack.
Grandfather: my great-granddaughter is not coming back to me
The great-grandfather of one of the young victims berated police near the memorial of white crosses surrounded by wreaths and bouquets of flowers.
"They could tell me 'Oh, we made a mistake. We made the wrong decision'. But my great-granddaughter is not coming back to me," said a distraught 78-year-old Ruben Mata Montemayor.
Joe Biden and First Lady at memorial outside school
When President Joe Biden visited the town, about an hour's drive from the Mexico border, over the weekend, shouts of "do something!" rang out from the crowd.
The shooting -- the latest in an epidemic of gun violence in the United States that came less than two weeks after 10 people died in an attack at a Buffalo grocery store by a young gunman targeting African Americans -- has spurred desperate calls for gun reform.
No words to describe the tragedy
"There are no words to describe (it)," said Esther Rubio, who travelled from nearby San Antonio to attend the wake on Monday for Amerie Jo.
Actor Matthew McConaughey, who grew up in Uvalde and has flirted with the idea of running for Texas governor, also visited the memorial Tuesday.