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Uvalde school shooting

Uvalde’s “back-the-blue” values collide with outrage over police response to Texas’ worst school shooting

The conservative, predominantly Hispanic town has long supported law enforcement. But some wonder how — or if — the heavily criticized response to the shooting will change that.

A woman who is a bus driver for Robb Elementary school stands outside of Sacred Heart Catholic Church with her son at the start of Mass on Sunday.
Hundreds visited Robb Elementary School to lay flowers, notes and stuffed animals for the 21 students and teachers who died when a gunman entered the school earlier in the week in Uvalde on May 30, 2022.
Hundreds of people wait in line holding flowers and each other to pay their respects at a memorial in front of the Robb Elementary School on Saturday evening. 21 people, including 19 students and two teachers were killed after a gunman barricaded himself in the school for more than 40 minutes before law enforcement officials fatally shot him. (Kaylee Greenlee Beal for the Texas Tribune)

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An American flag, made up of hanging lights, decorates the interior of the Tex-Mex restaraunt Town House in Uvalde on May 27, 2022.
Juan Martínez, co-owner of the Tex-Mex restaraunt Town House, stands in his office in the back of the restaraunt in Uvalde on Mah 27, 2022.

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Avel Ortiz, 55, puts the final touches on a window message in front of his business in Ulvade on May 29, 2022. Ortiz said he plans to work with several Texas artists to create murals of all 21 victims across town.

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