UVALDE, Texas — A group supporting the families of the Uvalde mass shooting victims and advocating for gun reform is holding a vigil Wednesday evening remember the lives lost.
Wednesday marks exactly one year since a gunman entered a classroom at Robb Elementary and killed 19 children and two adults.
The vigil, hosted by Lives Robbed, will take place Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Uvalde Memorial Park amphitheater at the northeast end of the park. The group says it is open to the public and will also include a butterfly release.
A private event for the families of the victims will be held earlier in the day at the Uvalde Civic Center along with a mural walk.
Lives Robbed was formed by the families of the children murdered at Robb Elementary on May 24, 2022. The groups goal is to advocate for reducing gun violence, through legislative changes, at the state and federal levels
Some of their specific goals include passing common-sense gun laws, engaging with lawmakers in discussions, and partnering with other gun violence prevention groups to push for legislative change. The group also endorses gun-sense candidates.
Meanwhile, the City of Uvalde said there are no city-sanctioned events planned the week of May 24. The regularly scheduled Uvalde City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 23 is canceled.
Beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23, no parking will be allowed around Uvalde Main Plaza, Robb Elementary School, the Healing Uvalde Murals, and the Civic Center parking lot.
Uvalde leaders also stressed at the Uvalde Together Resiliency Center is open and available for counseling and mental health resources.