UVALDE, Texas (Border Report) — As the afternoon sun beat down on the town square in Uvalde, Texas, several women, some with children in tow, held signs proclaiming the strengths of their town and urging folks not to forget the sacrifices made here this week.
Ravenn Vasquez, 21, graduated in 2019 from Uvalde High School, the same school that the shooter had attended. He killed 19 children and two adults on Tuesday in what has become the deadliest U.S. school shooting in a decade..
Vasquez held a sign reading, “Uvalde Strong!”
“We want everyone to know we’re here for them and we love them,” she told Border Report.
Vasquez said she had maxed out watching updates on TV of the brutal killings. And she wanted to be “a part of the solution.”
“I just wanted to do something and get away from the screen, and show them we care,” she said.
Nearby, Martina Avila, 21, held a sign that read, “Remember Their Names,” in reference to the 19 children and two adults who died here Tuesday at Robb Elementary School.
Her 5-year-old daughter stood in the heat beside her watching as her mother teared up trying to talk.
“We want a place where we shouldn’t be scared to send our kids to school, to walk inside a classroom,” Avila said.
And she said that begins by not forgetting what has happened here.
“This has happened one too many times. This happens and we’ll be talked about for three or four days and then it’s like everything goes back to normal, nothing changes. Nothing changes. So we need to remember their names and how we are feeling in this moment that way we can do something about it. So this won’t happen again,” she said.
Sandra Sanchez can be reached at Ssanchez@borderreport.com