Eliahna Garcia, a student at Uvalde, would have turned 10 this weekend. Instead, his family is holding his funeral today


Eliahna was among 19 students and two teachers who were killed by a gunman in their adjacent elementary school classrooms on May 24. The tragedy has devastated the town of Uvalde, Texas, where families this week continue to bury their children who died in the shooting. .

Four people still remain hospitalized, including a 10-year-old girl in serious condition and the shooter’s 66-year-old grandmother.

Local residents quickly formed a base of support for the survivors and the grieving families of the victims, including the Garcia family. Some companies began asking their employees to wear the color purple and handing out purple goodie bags to show their support for the grieving Eliahna, who loved the color.

But as the community rallies in mourning, frustrations remain high at officials’ lack of transparency about the horrific day. Officials have repeatedly changed the account of what happened in the attack, including key details about how the shooter entered the school, why police delayed a confrontation with the shooter and how long it took authorities to kill him.

Former Uvalde councilman Rogelio Muñoz told CNN on Sunday that he believes mistakes were made in the police response, but multiple people should share responsibility for law enforcement decisions. law taken that day.

“Truth is often grey. It’s not black and white. You have the state authorities who responded throwing local police under the bus. … The officers who responded were good honorable people who , in retrospect, erred in judgment during a heightened situation,” Muñoz said.

Muñoz, who has no direct knowledge of what happened during the shooting, said he believed Uvalde School District Police Chief Pedro “Pete” Arredondo was one of those who shared responsibility for the law enforcement response. Arredondo was the one who made the decision not to immediately enter the classroom where the shooter was locked up with children and teachers, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

“Arredondo made mistakes that day, but he’s not the only one,” Muñoz told CNN, noting that DPS officials also responded to the scene.

Government leads active shooter training for school districts

In a letter mondayTexas Governor Greg Abbott led Texas State University’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center (ALERRT) to roll out its active shooter training program to all school districts in Texas, prioritizing the school law enforcement.

The letter to ALERRT executive director Pete Blair said training was to begin before the start of the new school year.

“We sadly recognize that there is nothing we can do to bring back the precious lives that have been taken; however, we must do everything in our power to prevent the same tragic end from happening again,” he wrote. .

Abbott also asked ALERRT to provide an account of the Uvalde school shooting to law enforcement personnel, school administrators and other decision makers responsible for public school safety.

“This discussion will serve as a solemn reminder of the need for constant vigilance in every hallway and classroom of the school and of the need for the active shooter training you provide,” Abbott said in the letter.

According The ALERT websitemore than 130,000 law enforcement and firefighters nationwide have been trained in force-on-force scenario-based training and more than 200,000 civilians have been trained in the Avoid-Deny-Defend awareness program of Civil Response to Active Fire Events (CRASE).

‘I do not want to go to school. Why? Being shot at?’

Mourners pay their respects at a memorial for the children and teachers killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas last month.

The safety and recovery of surviving children in Uvalde has become an urgent priority for parents and local authorities.

Students will not be returning to the Robb Elementary campus next year and arrangements are being made to accommodate them at other schools, Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Hal Harrell announced last week.

The plan was reiterated at a school board meeting on Friday night, but parents were given no clear answers about the board’s plans to deal with the aftermath of the shooting.

What we know about the victims of Robb Elementary School

Angela Turner, a mother of five in Uvalde who lost her niece in the school shooting, was outraged by the lack of a clear outcome.

“We want answers on where the security is going to take place. It was all just a joke,” she said after the meeting. “I’m so disappointed in our school district.”

Turner will not allow her children to return to school until they feel safe, she said, adding that her 6-year-old told her, “I don’t want to go to school. school. Why? Get shot?”

Shooter’s estate sued for over $1 million

The families of the four survivors are suing the Uvalde gunman’s estate for damages, alleging in part “that he intentionally hurt these young children, stole their innocence and changed their lives forever.”

A student is listed in the lawsuit as having “serious and permanent” bodily injuries to the leg; one on the shoulder, arm and back; another on the shoulder, back and leg; and the fourth to his face, nose and cheek.

After listing each student’s injuries, the lawsuit reads, “The damages sought exceed one million dollars.”

For each of the children listed, the lawsuit says the injuries “had a serious effect” on the students’ “health and well-being” which “within a reasonable probability” will continue to affect them physically or mentally for the remainder of their life. Lives.

The families’ lawyers write that to their knowledge, “an estate has not yet been established”, so they will instead “appoint his mother Adriana Martinez as administrator and will file this complaint against her as such”. The costume will be changed if someone else is chosen, the document says.

CNN attempted to reach Adriana Martinez about the lawsuit but did not get a response.

Victims and Families Hold Weapons Manufacturer to Account

The family of a student killed in the massacre and a teacher who survived the horrors of that day are both seeking information from the manufacturer who made the firearm used by the shooter, according to court documents obtained by CNN.

The mother and father of 10-year-old Amerie Jo Garza, who was killed in the shooting, wrote separate letters to Daniel Defence, the company that makes the AR-15-style rifle used in the attack.

Lawyers for Amerie’s mother, Kimberly Garcia, have asked Daniel Defense “to preserve all potentially relevant information” related to the shooting, including “all physical, electronic and documentary evidence potentially relevant to” marketing by the AR-15 type rifle company, according to a letter obtained by CNN.

Maker of gun used in Texas shooting has history of controversial gun ads

Alfred Garza, Amerie’s father, also demanded information about the manufacturer’s marketing strategies, particularly to children and teenagers, as well as any communications the company had with the shooter,

“My purpose of being now is to honor the memory of Amerie Jo,” Garza said in a press release about the letter. “She wants me to do everything I can to make sure this never happens to any other child again. I have to fight her.”

Emilia Marin, a teacher at Robb Elementary, filed a motion Thursday to file Daniel Defense, according to a court filing. The pretrial motion does not accuse the maker of wrongdoing, but seeks to find out whether Marin has a basis to file a complaint against the company.

Redesigning AR-15s for 18 year olds

“We need to hold these people accountable,” Marin’s attorney, Don Flanary, told CNN, adding that his legal team has no plans to sue the school, the police or the school district.

Through their requested deposition, Marin’s attorneys are seeking facts surrounding the shooting, possession and sale of the gun used by the shooter, death and injuries caused by the shooter’s use of a style rifle. Daniel Defense AR-15. They are also seeking information on “Daniel Defense’s model of marketing its products in a way that combines firearms and minors, by posing on social media,” according to the petition.

Daniel Defense did not respond to multiple requests for comment from CNN.

CNN’s Rosa Flores, Jennifer Henderson, Dave Alsup, Camila Bernal, Meridith Edwards, Nick Valencia, Holly Yan, Ed Lavandera, Aya Elamroussi, Paradise Afshar and Omar Jimenez contributed to this report.


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