Guadalupe Camacho Alvarez cries inside Sacred Heart Church in Uvalde while praying on Tuesday. Alvarez’s granddaughter was inside Robb Elementary School at the time of Tuesday’s shooting but survived. Credit: Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune

“We are in mourning”: As parents awaited news, Uvalde residents processed their shock and grief

Families gathered at the city’s civic center to await news about their children following the elementary school shooting. Other residents processed their shock and grief in places of worship.

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Guadalupe Camacho Alvarez cries inside Sacred Heart Church in Uvalde while praying on Tuesday. Alvarez’s granddaughter was inside Robb Elementary School at the time of Tuesday’s shooting but survived. Credit: Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune

BY ERIN DOUGLAS AND JASON BEEFERMAN, Texas Tribune, texastribune.org

Police block off the road leading to the scene of a school shooting at Robb Elementary School.
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent speaks to a reporter near the scene of Tuesday’s school shooting. Credit: Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune

Tuesday’s shooting was the eighth mass shooting in 13 years in Texas, a state where the Republican-dominated leadership has repeatedly loosened gun laws. Top state officials again quickly signaled that the deaths in Uvalde would not likely lead to stricter gun control in the state and instead pushed for arming more teachers and adding police to school campuses.

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Inside the city’s civic center Tuesday, law enforcement, crisis counselors and local officials awaited parents, swarming about in hushed tones. Officials took DNA samples of the parents inside, used to confirm whether or not their child had died in the shooting, family members of the parents said. Once taken, the parents were sent back out to the setting sun.

Community members anxiously wait to hear updates about family members outside Uvalde’s SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center on Tuesday. Credit: Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune
Uvalde residents gather at Sacred Heart Church to pray after Tuesday’s school shooting at Robb Elementary School. Credit: Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune
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