President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden paid their respects Sunday to the grief-stricken community in Uvalde, Texas, visiting memorials to children who died Tuesday in the massacre at Robb Elementary School, as well as survivors, families and first responders.
“To everyone impacted by the horrific elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: We grieve with you. We pray with you. We stand with you. And we’re committed to turning this pain into action,” the president posted on Twitter before leaving Sunday evening.
Amid the visit, the Justice Department announced it would launch a review of law enforcement’s response to the mass shooting.
The Bidens began their visit at a school memorial site, where students’ photos were framed by white floral arches. They moved from one lost life to another; the first lady touched each photo and could be seen wiping tears that slid from beneath her black sunglasses.
The president also occasionally touched some of the photos and gestured at others.
He and the first lady then traveled to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Uvalde. As the Bidens left the church just before 2:30 p.m., someone in the crowd of spectators yelled a succinct request: “Do something!”
“We will,” Biden replied in his only public comment during the entire visit.
Biden’s trip came less than two weeks after he visited the scene of a racist massacre at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, which left 10 victims dead.
“There’s too much violence. Too much fear. Too much grief,” Biden said when delivering the commencement address at the University of Delaware on Saturday. “Let’s be clear: Evil came to that elementary school classroom in Texas, to that grocery store in New York, too far too many places where innocents have died.”