21 crosses stand outside Robb Elementary in Uvalde to honor those killed: NPR
UVALDE, Texas – Outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, the site of a mass shooting this week that killed 19 students and two faculty members, community members arrived to lay flowers and candles on 21 crosses, each bearing the name of a victim.
They walked through a sea of TV cameras and tents as a crowd of reporters broadcast live TV shows outside the school.
Maria Alvarez, 80, approached the stage with her brother. She was holding a white religious candle and he was carrying a bouquet of white flowers. “We came to pay tribute,” she said.
“I cried when I heard the news,” added Alvarez, who lives around the corner from the school. Her great-granddaughter is a student at Robb Elementary and was there the day of the shooting, but was not injured.
“She’s safe, thank God. She’s safe,” Alvarez said, in tears.
Authorities have not released a list of the victims, and NPR has not independently confirmed that all of the names on the crosses are accurate. It is not known who erected the memorial.
“Children! shouted Linda Martinez, a retired pastor who came to the scene with a bouquet of flowers. “So young. I can’t believe this is real. We just have to help each other.”