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Yuvalde's victim's sister begs for gun safety

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Associated Press

Jim Vertuno And Jamie Stengle

FILE - Uvalde School Police Chief Pete Arredondo, third from left, stands during a news conference outside of the Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas Thursday, May 26, 2022. The district's superintendent said Wednesday, June 22 that Arredondo has been put on leave following allegations that he erred in his response to a mass shooting at an elementary school that left 19 students and two teachers dead.
File-Uvalde Left Pete Aledondo, the third school police chief from, stands during a press conference outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Thursday, May 26, 2022. He made a mistake in dealing with mass shootings in elementary school, where he lost 19 students and 2 teachers. Photo: Dario Lopez-mills/Associated Press

Austin, Texas (AP) — sister of Yuvalde A nine-year-old girl rampaging at school shed tears and begged Texas lawmakers to pass a gun safety law on Thursday, wondering why so many safety measures failed. rice field.

"I'm asking you to do something," said his sister Jacklin, who was killed in the 80 minutes spent by the shooter in Rob. Jazz Minka Zares, who was one of only 19 children, said the elementary school on May 24, before police attacked the classroom and killed him. Two teachers also died in the slaughter.

The shooter was a former student, Salvador Ramos.

"A few days after turning 18, he bought the AR-15, hundreds of ammunition," she said.

Jacklin and her cousin Annabel Rodriguez were close friends and part of the close quintet of her classmates. All five were killed in the shooting.

A few days after the tragedy, Jacklin's father, Javier Casares, carefully watches how he rushes to school and escapes from school for a glimpse of the nine-year-old "sparks." I talked about it. He liked gymnastics, singing and dancing.

He and his other parents complained that the police were doing nothing more to stop the shooters.

"Many of us were discussing with the police,'You all have to go there. You all have to do your job," said Army veteran Casares. Said. "We were ready to go to work and rush in."

These delays and mistakes in law enforcement response are now central to federal, state, and local investigations. It is in. This week, the Texas police chief called it a "serious failure" and said police reaction was against everything he had learned in the 20 years since Columbine High School shot in Colorado in 1999.

A rifle-carrying police officer, Steve McLaugh, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said he would stand in the hallway for more than an hour, wait for more weapons and equipment, and then enter the classroom.

He blamed many of the delays of Pete Aledondo, the chief of the Yuvarde School District Police Department, who said McLaugh was the commander in charge.

The school district took a leave of absence from the police chief on Wednesday. Hal Harrell, director of the Ubaldi Consolidated Independent School District, said it was unclear what had happened and when the details of the investigations would be revealed.

Arredondo states that he does not think he is in charge, but that he is in control of someone else. He rejected repeated requests for comments from the Associated Press.

The mayor of Uvalde pushed back McCraw's casting accusations against Arredondo, saying that the Department of Public Safety repeatedly misrepresented the shooting and exaggerated the role of his own officer. ..


Stengle reported by Dallas. The Associated Press writer John Seewer from Toledo, Ohio contributed to this report.


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