Matthew McConaughey returned to his grieving hometown of Uvalde, Texas, after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School killed 19 children and two teachers.
After learning of the horror unfolding, McConaughey posted a lengthy statement about the tragedy on social media.
On Friday, the 52-year-old actor himself traveled to the small town of Uvalde to help mourners “heal”.
McConaughey was joined by Republican Representative Tony Gonzales as he comforted the community where he spent the first 12 years of his life.
The Oscar winner – whose mother Kay McCabe was a teacher at St Philip’s Episcopal School in Uvalde, according to local media – visited staff in the town’s school district.
He did not speak to the press during his brief visit.
“Thank you Matthew for helping to heal our community,” Gonzales tweeted. “Your visit brought so many smiling faces to Uvalde. See you soon my friend.”
Gonzales shared pictures by McConaughey, who hugged staff and students during his visit.
” Appreciate Uvalde native Matthew McConaughey helping us heal,” he said. “This week has been a solemn reminder that evil exists in the world, but we will never be broken by it.”
“We will join forces to make an even stronger reminder that love never fails and together we can make a difference,” Gonzales added.
On Wednesday, McConaughey took to social media to call for action to end gun violence.
“As you all know, there was another mass shooting today, this time in my hometown of Uvalde, Texas,” the actor said wrote on social media.
“Once again, we have tragically proved that we are not responsible for the rights that grant us our freedoms.”
McConaughey called for an end to “excuses and acceptance of these tragic realities as the status quo.”
The actor, who moved seven hours away from Uvalde to Longview, Texas, when he was 11, said the endless news of gun violence in the US is “an epidemic that we can control”.
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