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Uvalde School Massacre: Victim’s mother sues gunmaker and police for negligence

Sandra Torres, the mother of the Uvalde shooting victim, has taken legal action against gun dealers and local governments by filing a lawsuit. She also filed a lawsuit against the 16 law enforcement officers who were present at the scene at the time of the shooting, alleging their negligence leading to the death of her daughter.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in Del Rio, Texas. This is the first time that a complaint has been filed by the family of a victim of a school shooting.

Eliahna Torres file photo

The victim was 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, and she was one of 19 students and two teachers killed May 24 at Robb Elementary School in the small South Texas community. Sandra Torres said: “Eliahna loved her family and she knew how much we loved her. I miss her every moment of every day. I filed this lawsuit to demand accountability. No parent should ever go through what I have”.

The Torres family are still processing the death of their daughter, Sandra Torres described how difficult it is to get through this and accept it as the truth. She said in an interview with ABC News, “It’s like sometimes it’s unreal, like you know, it’s just a bad dream. “You know, she’s gonna show up one day, and then reality hits and my baby will never come back.”

A Texas House of Representatives Special Investigative Committee released a report in July saying the police response to the shooting had been riddled with failures, allowing the shooter to remain in the classroom for 77 minutes even if 300 officers had arrived on the scene. The lawsuit argues that the delay is evidence of negligence.

This is the second civil complaint involving a massacre alleging negligence by multiple parties, including the gun seller and manufacturer.

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