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Uvalde school shooting victims: San Antonio artist creates memorial for students killed in mass shooting


UVALDE, Texas – People across Texas are doing what they can to support the Uvalde community. They are as close to Robb Elementary School as possible. You’ll see them stop at the gates and then give Texas Department of Public Safety officers flowers, balloons, and candles to drop off at the memorial site.

Another city memorial was designed by an artist from San Antonio.

Just off Main Street, towards Uvalde, there are now 21 white crosses adorned with wings.

“To me, it’s kind of like a giant big hug to the community,” said artist Belinda Benavidez.

Benavidez said she decided to turn her anger, frustration, sadness and grief into art by creating something in honor of the victims. Several drivers spontaneously stopped to help him install the crosses as well as the flowers and the red, white and blue flags.

“I want Uvalde to know that the United States is on their side. Not only that, but the world is. The world is praying for them but also for action. I hope we don’t just sit idly by and send our prayers. That’s I guess part of that too. We can send our prayers, but it’s being able to do something without shouting and yelling at politicians who don’t nothing,” Benavidez said.

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