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UVALDE, TX-MAY 25: Community members attend a vigil at the Uvalde County Fairplex on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Uvalde, TX. Twenty one people were killed after a gunman after a high school student opened fire inside Robb Elementary School on Tuesday where two teachers and 19 students were killed.
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“This is not us”: Tight-knit Uvalde, rooted in Texas history, navigates incalculable grief

Residents of this town, which is nicknamed “the Crossroads of America,” grapple with the horror of losing 21 lives.


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A woman prays at a memorial in honor of the 21 victims killed at a school shooting in Uvalde, on May 27, 2022.

The land of trees and honey 

A tree in the middle of the street near El Progreso Memorial Library in Uvalde on Thursday, May 26, 2022.
Virginia Davis, an archivist, and Mendell D. Morgan, the director at the El Progreso Memorial Library, display collected newspapers with headlines from the day of the recent mass shooting in Uvalde, on May 27, 2022.

A family town 

“He hurt his people”

Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
Alejandro Rodriguez in his home in Uvalde, on May 28, 2022.

Popcorn and soda to share

Kimberly Rodriguez, 33, holds her son Jeremy Medina, 5, alongside the shore of the Nueces River outside of Uvalde, on May 28, 2022.
Mourners attend a memorial for the recent school shooting at the city square in Uvalde, on May 27, 2022.

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