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Uvalde school shooting: Houstonians travel to Uvalde to show their support after 21 children and teachers die

UVALDE, Texas (KTRK) – Students and teachers at Robb Elementary School were scheduled to celebrate their first day of summer vacation on Friday. Instead, they mourned and searched for answers.

“I want to say to everyone that I hope they will take care of the children as I have for safety reasons and I hope everyone is doing well,” said one student.

This is a plea for protection from those who need it most.

“I couldn’t imagine how that would happen to him. He has autism, he has special needs, so it’s really, really hard to see these kids,” said the student’s mother, Nadia Rojas.

Twenty-one people died in the mass shooting. On Friday, their families learned that police had been waiting outside for more than an hour when students and teachers were trapped with a gunman inside.

“You’re going to be sitting out here for an hour before you go in and you’re hearing gunshots the whole time? Then you have that stupid press conference I heard where they say no police died. No joke! You didn’t do anything. You did not do anything. You didn’t go in. You were sitting outside and you heard the shots,” said Ponciano Cortez, who was from Houston.

The Houstonians didn’t know what to bring, so they brought toys they figured belonged in a fourth grade classroom.

“Every time I turn on the news, it’s different. It’s heartbreaking. I cried. Being here right now broke my heart. It’s tough, it really is. All we can do is pray,” said Ray Urbano of Houston.

“Even though I’m off the street, we’ve always been taught to protect elders, women and children, that’s just the way it is,” said Trae Tha Truth of Houston.

Other gun violence survivors have turned up at the crime scene in Uvalde to show their support. Signs were dropped by those who were present at the Santa Fe High School shooting that killed 10 people almost exactly 4 years ago.

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