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Families Of Victims At The Uvalde School Shooting Chose A $2M Settlement With Uvalde County: Will Sue Public Safety Officers For “Extensive Failure”

On Wednesday, just two days before the second anniversary of the tragic incident, the families of the victims of the Uvalde School Shooting decided to settle their ongoing clash with Uvalde City by accepting $2M as settlement money. 

On May 24th, 2022, the most horrific school shooting in the history of the United States took place in Uvalde, Texas. An 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, armed with an A-17 rifle, barged into Robb Elementary School, shooting 19 people, including 2 teachers. Seventeen students were found dead as Public Safety officers were taking time to enter the spot.

According to families of victims, who still mourn the loss of their children and loved ones, the police were present at the site but still were 77 minutes late in finding an actionable solution. 

Javier Cazares, who lost his 9-year-old daughter to the school shooting, said, “We all know who took our children's lives, but there was an obvious systemic failure out there on May 24. No amount of money is worth the lives of our children. Justice and accountability have always been my main concern. We've been let down so many times. The time has come to do the right thing."

The amount will be paid through the city’s insurance coverage. In a statement, the city expressed its gratitude to the victims' families for agreeing to settle the case only with the insurance money. 

“Pursuing further legal action against the City could have plunged Uvalde into bankruptcy, something that none of the families were interested in as they look for the community to heal,” the city’s statement said,” We will forever be grateful to the victims' families for working with us over the past year to cultivate an environment of community-wide healing that honors the lives and memories of those we tragically lost. May 24th is our community's greatest tragedy."

Along with the settlement money, the city of Uvalde has promised to ensure enhanced training of first-responding police officers and provide mental health services to the mourning families. According to the victim’s attorney, Koskoff, the families are “down the road” to sue all 92 Texas Department of Public Safety officers who were present outside the school as the gunman carried on with the devious killing.

The family’s statement on Wednesday said, “Law enforcement did not treat the incident as an active shooter situation, despite clear knowledge that there was an active shooter inside. The shooter was able to continue the killing spree for over an hour while helpless families waited anxiously outside the school."

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