Biden and first Lady Jill Biden arrived mid Sunday morning. in Uvalde, Texas, where a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers. last a week. Their armored black the limousine arrived at the makeshift memorial outside Robb Elementary School around 11:15 a.m. CT stop. next to sea of flowers, soft toys and photos which has grown from the day of massacre.
first the lady carried a large bouquet of white roses to place in front of robb brick elementary school sign. The Bidens are both dressed in gloomy black calmly stood for moment and president made a sign of cross.
after conversation with school principal and superintendent of Uwalde Unified Independent School District, Biden and first the lady came up to the row of commemorative wreaths, each marking one of in children or teachers who were killed. They touched the cardboard cutouts of each one photos on the front is surrounded by white flowers, in quiet observation.
The White House said that the president and first the lady will meet community and religious leaders together with family members of in young victims during the visit.
They plan to attend Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church before spending the day meeting families. They will also meet with first respondents before returning to their home in Delaware.
“He hopes to convey sympathy and understanding of what an incredibly awful moment for them,” one travel advisor with the president said. “He hopes to offer some small a piece of comfort, if possible.”
disappointments of evil public could be felt at the memorial site. Some onlookers waiting for Biden began yelling as Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott arrived to escort the president.
“Please, Governor Abbott, help Uvalde County. one the man screamed. “We need change. Our children didn’t deserve it.”
When Biden was leaving, similar screams for help was heard before he entered his vehicle.
The day before his visit, Biden spoke to the point of agony of in parents he will meet on Sunday.
“I’m heading to Uvalde, Texas to talk to these families. parents literally preparing to bury children, in United States of America, bury them children. Too much violence, too much fear, too much grief,” Biden told alumni Saturday at the university. of Delaware Opening Ceremony.
For Biden, the trip represents a grim duty to join grieving families in them darkest moments. He often relies on his own experience of loss of two children — a young daughter to car crash and his adult son to brain cancer console guy parents.
“Losing a child is like have a piece of your soul is torn out. There is a void in chest and you feel like you get sucked into it and you can never get out. It’s suffocating. And it’s never the same,” Biden said in the evening. of shooting while speaking from Roosevelt’s room shortly after returning from a visit to two countries in Asia.
“This is the moment that demands everything good people who love people to just say we won’t stand for this is. Enough,” Harris said before laying a bouquet at the memorial. outside best friendly markets store where the shooting took place on 14 May. As she leftHarris released call ban assault weapons like those who are accustomed kill in Uvalde and Buffalo.
dual visits by the President and Vice President to communities affected by mass murder were a clear reminder of scourge of gun violence that devours the nation. Biden, who spent a lot of his career is working to accept more stringent gun laws, again called for action this week.
But he stopped of Congressional demand pass any specific account; White House says this is up democratic leaders in Senate to determine how continue on potential legislation. And he didn’t name gun task of violence force out of office already within the administration.
On Sunday, Sen. Dick Durbin, chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee said he felt “a different feeling” among his colleagues in Congress when it comes to opportunity of passage gun control measures in commemoration of shooting price Uvalda. But an Illinois Democrat suggested CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of Union” that if something passes, it will be limited in range due to need compromise with Republicans.
In Texas, Biden also confront heartbreaking bills of a shooting that even state law enforcement officials called a police error. decision responding officers not to enter the classroom where the shooting occurred, despite 911 calls from students pleading for help – leaves the question open of could have saved a few lives.
The White House said it would not prejudge an investigation into the actions of police. But revealing the timeline made Friday during harrowing news conference in Uvalde, only add in what sense of the suffering that Biden will face during his visit.
This story and the title was updated with additional developments.
Jasmine Wright of CNN contributed to this report.