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Inside the ‘Tight-Knit Community’ of Uvalde, Texas

The rural town is a place where “everybody knows everybody,” and where immigration politics loom large. 

The playgrounds at Robb Elementary School sit empty on the morning of Thursday, May 26, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas. 

The playgrounds at Robb Elementary School sit empty on the morning of Thursday, May 26, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas. 

Photographer: Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images North

Uvalde, Texas, is in mourning after Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary School, where 19 children and two teachers were killed when an 18-year-old gunman entered school grounds and opened fire. The attack marks the deadliest US school shooting within the last decade, and the deadliest of the 21 mass shooting events that have taken place in Texas this year.

Before it became another town name known nationally for a mass shooting, it was a small familial community, one where residents said they never expected anything like this to happen. Here’s a snapshot of the town reeling from the tragedy: