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Uvalde School Shooting Victims: San Antonio artist creates memorial to students killed in mass shooting

UVALDE, Texas (KTRK) – People across Texas are doing what they can to support the Uvalde community. You get as close to Robb Elementary School as you can get. You’ll see them stop at the gates and then give Texas Department of Public Safety officers flowers, balloons, and candles to place at the memorial.

Another monument in town was designed by an artist who drove over from San Antonio.

Just off Main Street, towards Uvalde, there are now 21 white crosses decorated with wings.

“To me, this is like a big, giant hug from the community,” said artist Belinda Benavidez.

Benavidez said she decided to turn her anger, frustration, sadness and heartbreak into art by creating something to honor the victims. Several drivers spontaneously stopped to help her set up the crosses with red, white and blue flowers and flags.

“I want Uvalde to know that the United States is with them. Not only that, but the world. The world is praying for them, but also for action. Hopefully we’re not just standing by and sending our prayers. I think that’s part of it too. We can send our prayers, but that means being able to do something without yelling at the politicians who aren’t doing anything,” Benavidez said.

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