Meghan Markle Visits Uvalde, Texas After Mass Shooting At Robb Elementary School

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On May 26, two days after a horrific mass shooting claimed the lives of 19 elementary school students and two teachers, the Duchess of Sussex arrived in Uvalde, Texas, to place flowers at the base of a newly built memorial. The memorial, one of several erected in the wake of Tuesday’s violence, was placed in front of the Uvalde County courthouse and honors the names of the deceased, each scribbled on white crosses. In heartbreaking footage of the scene, Markle places white roses against the cross bearing the name of Uziyah Garcia, one of the Robb Elementary students killed on Tuesday.

“He was my world. He was my everything,” Garcia’s father, Sergio Garcia, told the Los Angeles Times. “Now I’ll never be able to hold him, never kiss him again.”

The visit was a rare unannounced public appearance by Markle, who currently lives in California with her husband, Prince Harry, and their two children, Archie and Lili. She paid her respects as she was accompanied by a bodyguard in Uvalde, but Prince Harry was not present. According to The Daily Mail, she did not speak to any press during the visit, but continued to focus on the monument. She paused, especially at Garcia’s crotch, to bow her head silently. Markle is one of the first public figures to visit Uvalde after the tragedy; President Joe Biden is expected to pay a visit in the coming days.

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The deadliest shooting since a gunman killed 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, the Uvalde massacre will be remembered for the innocent lives lost to senseless violence. Their names are: Uziyah Garcia, Tess Marie Mata, Eliana “Ellie” Garcia, Jose Flores, Jacklyn “Jackie” Cazares, Alexandria Aniya Rubio, Jayce Luevanos, Xavier Javier Lopez, Nevaeh Bravo, Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, Amerie Jo Garza, Alithia Ramirez Layla Salazar, Makenna Lee Elrod, Jailah Nicole Silguero, Rogelio Torres, Eliahana Cruz Torres, Maite Yuleana Rodriguez, Miranda Matthis, Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia.

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To support the Uvalde community, find information about utilities, blood donations, and GoFundMe pages here.

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