The Tejano world reacted to the news of an 18-year-old gunman opening fire at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and killing 21 including 19 children on Tuesday.
It was the deadliest shooting at a U.S. elementary school since 2012 when a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.
Grammy-winning group Los Palominos shared a statement via social media, “Our hearts our (sic) broken. We pray for the families and the people of our beloved hometown of Uvalde, TX.”
The band, who are from Uvalde, had family members that attended Robb Elementary, according to a social media post shared by Johnny and Amber Arreola announcing that their children were unharmed. “My children are safe! Thank you Jesus! Please continue to pray for all families involved,” said the post.
Johnny Arreola is a founding member of the Los Palominos with his brothers. He recently left the band to record Christian music and to focus on his ministry.
Siggno frontman Jesse Turner shared a message to the community of Uvalde. “Amigos y familias de Uvalde, TX estamos todos orando por ustedes. I’m speechless and I want you to know that we can all feel your pain. Much love to you,” he wrote on Twitter.
Grupo Masizzo shared the news that a family member was one of the 19 victims of the shooting. The Dilley, Texas-based group and lead singer Isaias Ramirez shared the same message that said, “God’s garden has need of a little flower. It had grown for a time here below. But in tender love, He took it above, To a more favorable climate to grow! In loving memory of every beautiful soul gone too soon. RIP Alithia Ramirez.”
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (UCISD) has opened a memorial fund to accept donations for those affected by the shooting at Robb Elementary School, according to a tweet.
The account has been opened at First State Bank of Uvalde for the families of Robb Elementary. If you would like to donate, you can do so at any First State Bank branch. Make all checks payable to the “Robb School Memorial Fund”. A check can be mailed to 200 E. Nopal St., Uvalde, Texas 78801. A Zelle donation can be sent to email@example.com.
The two funeral homes in Uvalde will cover the cost of funerals for those who were killed Tuesday during the Robb Elementary School shooting, according to CNN.
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