Texas school shooting: Uvalde buries his first dead one week after shooting

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A week after the shooting at a school in Uvalde that shocked America, the small Texas town is burying the first victims of this massacre on Tuesday, one of the worst in the country in recent years. The funeral of the 19 children and two teachers will last until mid-June.

Amerie Jo Garza. It is the first of the 19 children who died in the shooting on Tuesday 24 May to be buried. This little girl with a big smile had just celebrated her tenth birthday when she died under the bullets of Salvador Ramos, barely 18 years old.

This “funny little diva who “hated dresses”” and “had a big heart” dreamed of becoming an art teacher, her family described in her obituary.

A portrait of Amerie Jo Garza was displayed along with other victims of the shooting in a memorial built by relatives of the dead.
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The day before, relatives as well as anonymous people had come to honor her for her closed coffin, with dozens of photos and music, in a funeral home opposite the school where she was murdered.

“Awful and pointless nightmare”

The funeral of another victim, Maite Rodriguez, 10, will take place at 7pm (midnight GMT). The little girl, who wanted to become a marine biologist, was “kind, charismatic, loving,” her mother Ana Rodriguez wrote on Facebook on Thursday. “And most of all, she was my best friend.” “This terrible and senseless nightmare, from which I cannot wake up, has absolutely destroyed and weakened my life and my heart,” she added.

In addition to the immense grief for the childlike faces of the victims, the residents of Uvalde, like many Americans, expressed their anger and incomprehension at the delay in the police intervention.

In addition to the immense grief for the childlike faces of the victims, the residents of Uvalde, like many Americans, expressed their anger and incomprehension at the delay in the police intervention.
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In addition to immense grief at the childlike faces of the victims, the residents of Uvalde, like many Americans, have expressed anger and incomprehension at the delay in police action – even prompting authorities to issue their mea culpa to do.

Nineteen officers had remained uninterrupted in the hallway of the Robb School for nearly 45 minutes, while Salvador Ramos had locked himself in a room with the schoolchildren. The police eventually came in and killed the gunman.

Joe Biden arrested during his visit

This tragedy, like the previous ones, has also sparked calls for stricter controls on access to weapons in a country that has more guns than residents and regularly experiences fatal shootings. Joe Biden heard them firsthand as he drove to Uvalde on Sunday, with voices chanting, “Do something!” as he passed.

The president “should pass laws so we can protect kids from AR-15s,” the semi-automatic weapon used at Robb school, claimed Robert Robles, 73.

Ricardo Garcia, 47, who was working at Uvalde Hospital on the day of the tragedy, said he was unable to remove “from his head the screams of the mothers to whom the bad news was announced”. “We have to stop selling guns, period,” he begged.

“so serious”

On Monday, Joe Biden promised to “continue to push” for tougher gun control. “It makes no sense to be able to buy something that can fire up to 300 bullets,” he said.

“I think it’s gotten so bad that everyone is getting more rational on this subject,” the Democratic president hoped. He spoke after a weekend that was again marked by a series of shootings that left several dead and dozens injured, tragedies that have become commonplace in the United States.

But moving from words to deeds will be difficult: his party’s slim majority in Congress won’t allow him to pass such legislation alone.

Any text requires compromise with elected Republicans — traditionally hesitant to legislate on the subject — to achieve the necessary qualified majority.

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