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Texas shooting: Biden visits Uvalde, pays tribute to victims


US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden tour memorials at Robb Elementary School and try to comfort families in the South Texas town of Uvalde after the deadliest school shooting of the country in a decade.

They both visited a memorial of 21 white crosses, one for each of those killed, and paid their respects at makeshift shrines of the victims.

After that, they attended mass at the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart, where Bishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller tried to allay the fears of young people by saying: “You have seen the news, you have witnessed the tears of your parents, friends”.

“You are the best reminders to us that the lives of the little ones matter,” he added.

During Biden’s visit, the crowd outside the church chanted “do something,” to which he pledged, “We will.”

At the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, the United States Department of Justice announced that it would review the slow response of local law enforcement to the attack. for almost an hour.

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As officers waited in the hallway of Robb Elementary School, the children inside the room panicked and continuously called 911 for help.

After shooting his grandmother, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos entered the school on Tuesday with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and killed 21 people, including 19 children and two teachers. However, her grandmother survived.

During his tenure, Biden has visited three mass shooting sites, including earlier this month when he traveled to Buffalo, New York, after a gunman killed 10 black people during a attack Saturday afternoon in a grocery store.

(With agency contributions)

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