Bell ringing, butterfly release among somber events honoring Robb Elementary School shooting victims on Friday

Friday marks 2 years since 19 students and two teachers were killed by an 18-year-old gunman

UVALDE, Texas – Two years after a deadly attack at a Uvalde elementary school that killed 19 students and two teachers, community members marked the somber date with prayer services, vigils and demonstrations.

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church and The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas hosted a community event Friday morning, which included a bell ringing and butterfly release to honor the victims.

The event, which started at 11:30 a.m., marks the time that the 18-year-old gunman entered Robb Elementary School and opened fire in two fourth-grade classrooms, 111 and 112.

The church also planned an evening prayer service at 5:30 p.m.

The Uvalde Ministerial Alliance is hosting a prayer vigil scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Uvalde County Fairplex.

A City Candlelight Vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Uvalde Amphitheater.

The City of Uvalde has designated May 24 as an annual Day of Remembrance as part of its settlement with the victims’ families.

You can watch all of KSAT’s live coverage from Friday afternoon in Uvalde in the video player below:

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