people just want to help

“A friend of my dad’s told me about it,” said Villanueva, 12, an eighth-grader at San Antonio Prep Schools. “I wanted to come and show my support for the people who have been killed,”

The project was conceived by San Antonio artist Michael Sanchez, who came up with the idea the day after Tuesday’s shoot. When he offered it on Facebook, he said he was inundated with offers of help. On Sunday, he, Josiah and three other painters were at work, a pair of retractable canopies protecting them from the brutal sun.

Sanchez said he hopes to complete the 10-by-30-foot mural by next Sunday. “Let’s hope so, God willing,” he said.

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Jaime Rodriguez and his friends were packing tables, chairs and a long smoker who looked like an escapee from a NASA rocket experiment after donating more than 700 plates of brisket which they started cooking at 5 p.m. Saturday.

CB Barboza (left to right), Sammy Herrera and Jaime Rodriguez stand in front of the smoker they used for 43 breasts to raise money for the Robb Elementary School Memorial Fund.

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It took two and a half hours to browse the 43 breasts donated via a drive-thru line in Jardin de Heroes Park on Main Street.

While the plates, including rice and beans, were free, many recipients donated money that Rodriguez says will go to a memorial fund for Robb Elementary School.

“I don’t know how much we raised yet, but people were giving us $20, $40,” said Rodriguez, who works for a propane company. “Two people gave us $300 each.”

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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit a memorial at Robb Elementary School to honor the victims of the mass shooting, Sunday, May 29, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit a memorial at Robb Elementary School to honor the victims of the mass shooting, Sunday, May 29, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Evan Vucci/Associated Press

The unprecedented traffic caused by the arrival of President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, in addition to the crush of media from across the United States and around the world, has drawn the ire of many members of the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart who simply wanted to attend mass.

Several said they and family and friends who attend the church were unable to attend their regular noon service due to heightened security surrounding the president’s visit, which took place across Texas. and across the United States.

“It’s important to come physically and be here with this community and those who have tragically lost loved ones,” said Andrea Martinez, vice president of early childhood development for Chicanos Por La Causa, a nonprofit organization. non-profit based in Phoenix with a center in Uvalde. “But it’s disturbing. Some people just wanted to go to church. They didn’t care that the president was there.

Martinez traveled to Uvalde from Arizona after Tuesday’s massacre to support staff here who watch young children from migrant families who work in seasonal agriculture in the area.

She said many of the children killed at Robb Elementary School participated in the program that teaches reading and writing.

“There is an excessive amount of media here and it has been difficult for staff to honor children at memorial sites,” she said. “Could visibility help? Maybe. But it has happened to us before. People need to be able to grieve. »

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A bus carrying members of the League of United Latin American Citizens arrived in Uvalde with flowers and words of support for survivors and families affected by Tuesday’s shooting.

“Our presence here is a statement to Texas, the nation, and the world that LULAC stands with our community which has once again been hard hit by gun violence,” said Rudy Rosales Jr., state director of LULAC in Texas.

The Hope and Action Bus was organized by LULAC leader Hilda Duarte, who said images of Uvalde compelled her to rally members from North and Central Texas who wanted to do part of the effort. In addition to providing cash donations, they are also calling on Texas lawmakers and Congress to take action to address the issue of gun violence.

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