Gutierrez proposes ‘Uziyah’s law’
Uvalde families joined State Sen. Roland Gutierrez in Austin on March 7 when he proposed five new gun safety bills in the aftermath of the Robb Elementary School shooting. Brett Cross, who along with his wife, Nicki, was raising 10-year-old Uziyah Garcia who was killed at Robb on May 24, spoke on Senate Bill 1738,uvaldeleadernews.com
Uvalde families press urgency after California shootings
Families of the 21 victims killed in a Texas elementary school shooting last May gathered Tuesday at the state capitol in Austin to renew their calls for tighter assault weapon restrictions, just days after three separate shootings in California left 24 people dead.
Mother of Robb shooter arrested for threats, assault.
Adriana M Reyes Adriana Martinez Reyes, mother of the Robb Elementary School shooter, was arrested in Oklahoma on Jan. 4 on charges of assault and battery, and threatening to perform an act of violence. Oklahoma City Police made the arrest shortly before noon, and she is being held on a $1,000 bond at the Oklahomauvaldeleadernews.com
First audit disappoints families
Julye Keeble|Leader-NewsJesse Rizo speaks after hearing a summary of the independent review of the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office policies. People attending the Monday, Dec. 12 meeting of Uvalde County Commissioners’ Court expressed disappointment and called for more accountability when independent investigator and attorney Richard W. Carter gave what he called a “forensic review” on UCSOuvaldeleadernews.com
Uvalde shooting victims seek $27B, class action in lawsuit
Victims of a Texas elementary school shooting are seeking a $27 billion class action lawsuit against city and state police, the city of Uvalde and other school and law enforcement officials for failing to follow active shooter protocol, according to the lawsuit filed this week.
Uvalde sues local prosecutor over school shooting records
AUSTIN (AP) — The city of Uvalde sued the local prosecutor's office Thursday seeking access to records and other investigative materials on the May shooting at Robb Elementary School that left 19 chil[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Uvalde officials say local prosecutor impeded investigation into police response to shooting
In a lawsuit filed Thursday, the city of Uvalde says the district attorney is restricting information needed by its independent investigator. Uvalde wants a judge to compel the prosecutor to hand over all relevant investigative information.mysanantonio.com
McAllen ISD pursuing nearly $1 million in safety grants
McAllen ISD’s administration informed its board earlier this month that the district is pursuing two more safety grants through the Texas Education Agency, although there’s some board concern that those grants won’t be enough to cover safety measures the district should have. McAllen school district leaders discussed in August plans to apply for a grant that would provide the district’s police force with bullet-resistant shields. On Nov. 14 administration told the board it’s pursuing a $913,386 school safety standards formula grant and a $57,140 silent panic alert technology grant. The first of those grants has a wide scope of allowable uses intended to make campuses less vulnerable targets. The second grant the district is providing for, for silent panic alert technology, should cover all of the district’s campuses, district Police Chief Joey Silva said.myrgv.com
Uvalde officials promised a 60-90 day timeline for police review. Now there is no timeline for completion.
After Uvalde city officials told residents this summer a review of its police department’s actions during the Robb Elementary School shooting would take 60 to 90 days, they conceded Thursday there is no longer a timeline for when it will be completed.
Report: Uvalde police chief told kids were alive in school
UVALDE (AP) — A police commander at the scene of the Uvalde massacre was informed that children were alive in a classroom with the gunman more than 30 minutes before officers breached the room and end[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Uvalde voters support Abbott, suspended interim police chief in wake of scrutiny over Robb massacre
November 8 showed voters in Uvalde aren’t ready for a revolution. They still support Gov. Greg Abbott and even re-elected a county commissioner who was the acting city police chief during the May 24 massacre.
Lexi Rubio memorial race set Saturday
Alexandria "Lexi" Rubio Kimberly Mata-Rubio, mother of Alexandria “Lexi” Rubio, who was killed in the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary School, is holding a 5K walk/run in memory of her daughter on Saturday in downtown Uvalde. She invites the public to join her in honoring her athletic daughter’s memory and legacy, while raising fundsuvaldeleadernews.com
Legal aid opens office on Evans
Texas Access to Justice Foundation(Left to right) Betty Balli Torres, Roland Johnson, Robert Doggett, Gonzalo Joseph Barrientos, Nicole Rivera Maesse, Lisa Tatum, Deborah Hankinson, Terry Tottenham, Marcella Cabralez and Pete Gallego pose and cut the ribbon at the new Uvalde Texas RioGrande Legal Aid office. For the first time in over a decade, Texas RioGrandeuvaldeleadernews.com
It’s easier to get a gun than a job at Domino’s
RONBERLER Two weeks after the funeral for Amerie Jo Garza, 10, the first of the Robb Elementary School students to be interred following the Uvalde mass shooting, I phoned the manager of my local Domino’s in Stamford, Conn., to inquire about a delivery job. Though I’ve never driven professionally and have been out of theuvaldeleadernews.com
Oxford survivor hosting family event Nov. 19
Zoe Touray Zoe Touray, an 18-year-old survivor of the November of 2021 Oxford High School shooting in Michigan, hopes to create community among other youth survivors of school-based gun violence, and she will host a family fun day in Uvalde on Nov. 19. Her first project aims to help recent survivors of the Robb Elementaryuvaldeleadernews.com
Uvalde families make last push for shakeup on Election Day
UVALDE (AP) — Just hours after voting started in Texas, Kimberly Rubio cast her ballot in the same Uvalde city building where she waited in May to learn that her daughter, Lexi, was one of 19 fourth-g[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
‘Lives Robbed’ group calls DPS hearing a ‘bait and switch’ after no update to investigation
A nonprofit group that formed in response to the Robb Elementary massacre in Uvalde has issued a response to Thursday’s Department of Public Safety hearing on the investigation, calling it a ‘bait and switch’ and a ‘glorified press conference.’
Texas leaders allocate $875M for schools, public safety, including new elementary in Uvalde
The announcement came hours after Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw said he did not plan to resign from his position amid scrutiny following the May 24 school shooting in Uvalde.communityimpact.com
Suspended Uvalde PD lieutenant facing three write-in candidates in Uvalde County Commissioner race
Incumbent Mariano Pargas, Jr. is facing three write-in candidates looking to unseat him; Javier J. Cazares, father of Jacklyn “Jackie” Cazares, who was killed in the Robb Elementary shooting, retiree Diana Olvedo-Karau and business owner Julio Valdez
Ex-Trooper burned through leave time, started at UCISD PD a day after resigning from DPS
A Texas state trooper hired then later fired by the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Department worked sparingly in the weeks before leaving the state agency and started her new position a day after formally resigning, timecard records obtained by KSAT Investigates show.
Robb fund applications due today
Today at 6 p.m. is the deadline for eligible families to apply for funds from approximately $18 million in donations, known as the “Uvalde Together We Rise” fund, intended to assist victims of the May 24 Robb Elementary School shooting. Steering committee chairman Mickey Gerdes said about 380 applications had been received as of Oct.uvaldeleadernews.com
New York Times investigation bolsters Uvalde parents’ demands that more officers be held accountable
Families of the victims killed in the May 24 Robb Elementary School massacre say a New York Times investigation is further proof that more people need to be held accountable for failing to protect their children that day.
Uvaldeans stand strong for gun control
Christine GranadosArnulfo Reyes, a fourth-grade teacher shot at Robb Elementary, told the audience, ‘We were neglected by police officers, DPS, Border Patrol for 77 minutes. Seventy-seven minutes was too long.’ Uvalde resident and State Rep. Tracy O. King of District 80, whose children attended Robb Elementary School in the past, said at a press conferenceuvaldeleadernews.com
Uvalde schools suspend entire police force after outrage
School leaders also put two members of the district police department on administrative leave, one of whom chose to retire instead, according to a statement released by the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District. Uvalde families have said students in the district are not safe so long as officers who waited so long to confront and kill the gunman remain on the job. The Uvalde school district had five campus police officers on the scene of the shooting, according to a damning report from Texas lawmakers that laid out multiple breakdowns in the response. A total of nearly 400 officers responded, including school district police, the city’s police, county sheriff’s deputies, state police and U.S. Border Patrol agents, among others. The fallout Friday is the first in Uvalde’s school police force since the district fired former police Chief Pete Arredondo in August.myrgv.com
Lexi Rubio’s parents say ex-trooper fired by Uvalde CISD was working at their son’s campus
The parents of Alexandra “Lexi” Rubio, a victim of the Robb Elementary shooting in Uvalde, said in an interview with ABC News on Thursday that a now-former officer and Texas Dept. of Public Safety trooper had been working at their son’s campus before she was fired by the school district.
Uvalde parents protest after school district hires ex-DPS trooper under investigation for massacre response
Parents and relatives of victims in the Robb Elementary School shooting are protesting on Thursday morning after the Uvalde CISD police force hired a former Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who was under investigation for her response to the attack.
Deadline nears to apply for Robb victims’ funding
Those affected by the fatal mass shooting at Robb Elementary School have one week left to apply for a portion of what is now more than $18 million in donations, known as the “Uvalde Together We Rise” Fund.” Steering committee chairman Mickey Gerdes said about 130 applications had been received as of Sept. 27, anduvaldeleadernews.com
Uvalde protestors hold vigil, demand that school district suspend officers
Brett Cross launched the protest Sept. 27, joined by other Uvalde families who say the school district hasn’t held five of its officers accountable for their part in law enforcement’s delayed action during the May 24 shooting.
Media outlets file suit over Robb-related documents
Months after the May 24 Robb Elementary School shooting, the Texas Tribune and 16 other media outlets are suing the city of Uvalde, Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office, and Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District seeking the release of information including 911 call logs and an investigative file for an alleged school-shooting plot in 2018. The suit,uvaldeleadernews.com
Cazares announces write-in candidacy
Javier Jacinto Cazares, a 43-year-old Uvalde resident who lost his daughter as a result of the May 24, 2022, mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, has filed as a write-in candidate for Pct. 2 Uvalde County Commissioner. Javier Jacinto Cazares Cazares has been self-employed for a year, having opened Glasstech, an automotive/residential/commercial glass service company,uvaldeleadernews.com