UVALDE, Texas – May 24, 2022 was a life-changing day for more than 21 families in the small Texas town of Uvalde.
It’s been a year since Javier Cazares lost his daughter Jackie in a gruesome shooting at Robb Elementary School.
“It was sadness, anger, disgust,” Cazares said.
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The school still stands, but is no longer used for learning. Its front yard serves as a memorial to Jackie, her two teachers, and 18 of her classmates who were also killed. Berlinda Arreola’s step-granddaughter, Amerie Jo, was one of them.
“There’s not just one emotion that stands out.” “It’s a rollercoaster that keeps happening. We’re stuck on May 24, 2022,” Arreola said.
The investigation into the police reaction is continuing.
Reports say police waited at the scene for over an hour before entering the classrooms and killing the shooter.
A Texas House of Representatives Investigative Committee report contributed to the response to “system failures and egregious poor decision-making”.
A DPS sergeant, the school’s chief of police, and a school officer were fired. No one has been criminally charged.
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The district attorney said the Texas Rangers are still investigating and the findings will be presented to a grand jury.
“There’s school accountability, there’s police accountability, there’s government accountability; there’s a lot to do, and when that happens, we’ll see some kind of justice for our kids,” Cazares said.
Meanwhile, the parents say they feel the support of the community and organizations as they fight and cry.
But, Berlinda and Javier say their hearts remain broken.
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“You can’t recover from a mass shooting. You just can’t,” Arreola said.
Javier leaves this message for his daughter.
“I’m not giving up, baby,” Cazares said.