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Uvalde shooting: Houstonians show solidarity on one-year mark of Robb Elementary shooting

The event will have opportunities for prayer and meditation, and will start at 7 p.m.

A memorial for the victims of the Robb Elementary School shooting outside the school, on July 10, 2022.
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A memorial for the victims of the Robb Elementary School shooting outside the school, on July 10, 2022.

Houstonians will gather at Eleanor Tinsley Park on Wednesday, May 24 to remember the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde one year later.

The organizer of the event and local activist, Sarah Gish, participated in healing events at Uvalde nearly a year ago.

El Progreso Memorial Library is one of the only libraries in Uvalde. It has become a place for memorials for the victims of the shooting, as well as a place of healing.

Gish said she still regularly talks to the librarian, Mendell Morgan, and hopes to go to Uvalde again sometime this year for another healing event.

"He's in his 80s, and he came out of retirement almost 10 years ago to run El Progreso Library," she said.

The library is only a few blocks away from Robb Elementary, where 21 lives were lost. The shooting is now considered the third largest school shooting in the U.S. according to Gish.

"When this incident happened, he became a big helper in the city and the library became a central space for people to come and to unwind, and you know they had therapists set up," she said. "They had art. They had story times. And it was really a safe space."

Gish said the event in Houston will be a time for locals here to show solidarity for the victims and family in Uvalde.

"It just felt better to be distant and to do what we could here. And I know that there's so many people that have concerns and have open hearts towards what happened there," she said.

The event with opportunities for prayer and meditation in Houston will start at 7 p.m.