In the midst of tears and praying at the memorial that was erected spontaneously outside the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas (United States), a woman made a call to pray the Holy Rosary for the families of the victims of the May 24 massacre.
“We have to pray for all these people and for all of Uvalde, continue praying the Rosary, which is very powerful”, expressed Genoveva de Anda to ACI Prensa, remembering that she lost a son in 2017.
Along with Rafaela Pérez and various relatives, Genoveva traveled from the city of Poteet, an hour and a half from Uvalde, to pay tribute to the 19 children and two teachers who died on May 24 at Robb Elementary School, killed by a young of 18 years.
The shooting also left wounded. At least one 10-year-old girl remains hospitalized in a critical condition.
The murderer, identified as Salvador Ramos, was killed by the authorities. Various testimonies published in recent days suggest that the primary school killer was violent and had made threats on social networks.
According to the American newspaper The New York Post, Ramos’ parents had a criminal record.
Amid calls to demolish the school, education authorities confirmed that there will be no classes going forward at Robb Elementary School, noting that students will be relocated to other schools in the area.
For Genoveva de Anda, who also works in a school, the best thing is to demolish the school and build a memorial in its place to commemorate the victims of the massacre.
“It is something so sad, a mother who has lost a child knows the pain that these people are going through,” she said, noting that the parents of the victims “are going to pass by here, they are going to look at this school, they are going to look at other children growing up and they are going to say ‘look, that’s how my daughter would be’, ‘that’s how my son would be’”.
“They have a lot of memories, bad memories” of that school, he said.
The woman encouraged “all the people to continue asking for their parents,” and assured that “these children are already in the glory of God.”
“Now we have to ask for their parents, their mothers, their little brothers, and all the others who were there watching all this,” he said.