UVALDE, Texas — a day to remember two of them He was killed in a massacre last week Here, the overall feeling was angry.
When it appears that there are 21 lives for many in the community it is hard to grieve exactly So unfair And a Total distrust of those who have vowed to protect and serve.
“Mistakes have been made and we have no promise that they will never happen again,” said Peter Vasquez, a friend of 10-year-old Mide Rodriguez. “They are proud of this training and this equipment and how they are prepared. It all turned out to be a lie.”
Mighty Rodriguez will be laid to rest on Tuesday after arriving Monday. The Rosary Mass was scheduled for Monday evening for Ameri Joe Garza. As the memorial service begins to unfold, sadness and anger continue.
“They had to borrow equipment,” said Miguel Flores, a Wolde resident. “In 2018, the police said they received a grant to purchase equipment for this purpose. Where were our kids last week when they needed this equipment?
Flores mentions a Facebook post that was repeated by the Wolverhampton Police Department on August 1, 2018, claiming that he had been given a grant by Greg Abbott, and that each officer in that department was given a Level 4 body armor.
During the 2017 legislative session, Texas taxpayers were asked to draft a bill for a $ 23 million grant program similar to the situation in Uvalde last Tuesday. A state spokesman said most of the money came from the state’s public funds – but some locals are now wondering if the money was wasted here.
“I think you can not buy the courage,” said Javier Caesars, 43, his daughter Jacqueline, who was killed in the shooting along with her cousins. “I mean I was outside and we heard gunshots. We were getting ready to go inside and the police were waiting.
The wait is not what these parents and this community expect.
“We say over and over again that they will be there for us when we need them,” Martin Gonzalez said. “Where the hell were they?”
Gonzalez said on Monday night the young mite wanted to go to Rodriguez and pay his respects but his anger did not allow him.
“Once I know that this anger is all in my heart, I can not go there and grieve and grieve with my friends,” he said. “These people who blindly trust these authorities need to keep their eyes open.”
Uvalde is not far from the Texas-Mexico border, where Abbott and fellow hardliners launched their own border security effort, known as “Operation Lone Star,” under which they use state law enforcement and the National Guard to prevent undocumented immigrants from crossing the border. . The story is that the federal powers are weak, vulnerable and unable to defend the citizens of the state and the country. The governor has repeatedly mentioned how the federal government has failed. In the end, those federal agents helped put an end to the massacre of 21 people, including 19 children – local and state law enforcement officials wondering what to do.
“Thank God the border patrol was here,” Gonzalez said. “If they had not come in and taken control, many more might have died.”
The streets of Wolde on Monday afternoon were filled with the sounds of crying as the community struggled to process its grief. The hearts of the locals were filled with pain, some of which was caused by those who thought they could be trusted.
“We never had such distrust and confusion until they started turning border patrols into monsters,” Gonzalez said. “They are using us as soldiers in their political game to get re-elected.”
Angelica Morales sat under the shade of a large oak tree on Monday trying to find peace amidst all the tragedy.
“I couldn’t have imagined that things would have been different if we were mostly a suburban community of whites,” he said. “We’m poor Hispanic families here, and that’s what makes us so different from others.”
He said Hispanics are always seen as an unnoticed minority in places like Texas. He added that he did not want to create a situation about race and race, but that it was hard in his mind not to think about it.
“I see how we compare to Sandy Hook, Barclays, Columbine and others,” he said, referring to earlier sites of school shootings. “The real key difference is our skin color and race.”
Morales said he was concerned about things getting worse.
“Many of the officers who responded were Hispanic,” he said. “It’s like what’s happening again in Mexico. The so-called ‘good guys’ will wait like heroes until the bad guys are done, but in reality they’re just scared.
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