UVALDE COUNTY, Texas — A group of Southeast Texans arrived Thursday in Uvalde, Texas to help grieving families.
We previously reported that the Surviving Parents of Southeast Texas would be making the trip after the Robb Elementary shooting, and 12News went with them.
They know all too well what it's like to grieve the loss of a loved one. That empathy took them 345 miles away from home.
They came to Uvalde, Texas to support the families of 21 victims who lost their lives. The group wanted to help those families navigate their grief and to offer support with donations to uplift their spirits.
“I just hope everybody doesn't forget,” said Gloria Resma With the City of Uvalde.
Gloria Resma With the City Of Uvalde says in years to come she hopes people will still send words of encouragement to the families of the 21 victims killed at Robb Elementary School.
“Once everybody's gone we're the ones still going to be here to pick up the pieces,” Resma said.
Resma is friends with Lexi Rubio's family one of the victim's killed at Robb Elementary.
“You know we were kind of just like no she's fine were waiting and finally got that confirmation she was one of the children,” Resma said.
Gloria says Lexi was strong-willed, loved sports, and she was daddy's little girl.
“That's not the look you ever want to see on a mom's face ever,” Resma said.
That's why surviving parents of Southeast Texas wanted to bring something for the victims’ families that they could hold on to forever.
“That's so amazing I did not expect that when I spoke to Anne that all of y'all would come it was just wow,” Resma said.
Personalized letters and counseling to help Uvalde navigate their grief as they begin their journey of healing.
"It's a lot to take in, you know, when you've been through the loss of a child. Nobody can tell you how you feel. No words can describe it,” said Shanna Rothkamm with Surviving Parents of Southeast Texas. “These little ones, they're not going to graduate high school. They're not going to go buy their first house or go down the aisle or anything like that."
There's a memorial at Robb Elementary School with 21 crosses with the names of each victim. People from all over the country and all across the state have been coming and going dropping off flowers, balloons, and toys to show their love and their support for these families and for the victims.
A dark cloud remains over this community of sadness and anger and they still want to know what happened on May 24, 2022, at Robb Elementary School.
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