Meghan Markle traveled to Uvalde, Texas, on Thursday to visit the memorial to victims of Tuesday’s school shooting that left 19 students and two teachers dead.
The Duchess of Sussex was photographed placing a bouquet of white roses in front of memorial headstones erected for each of the victims.
An Archewell spokesperson issued a statement to the media saying it was important for Meghan, as a mother herself, to extend her condolences and support to the Texas community during this difficult time.
People from across the nation have taken to social media to express their condolences to those who lost their lives in the violence, when an 18-year-old gunman opened fire inside Robb Elementary School on May 24.
Texas native Matthew McConaughey wrote a lengthy statement on Instagram Tuesday, saying the shooting is a “call to action” for change.
“As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my home town of Uvalde, Texas. Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us,” he shared. “The true call to action now is for every American to take a longer and deeper look in the mirror, and ask ourselves, ‘What is it that we truly value? How do we repair the problem? What small sacrifices can we individually take today, to preserve a healthier and safer nation, state, and neighborhood tomorrow?’ We cannot exhale once again, make excuses, and accept these tragic realities as the status quo.”
Loni Love, who graduated from Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas, criticized lawmakers for failing to do more to stop gun violence after a string of mass shootings.
“Did nothing when the babies were killed at Sandy Hook, nothing when 9 Black people were shot and killed at Bible study, 10 in a grocery store in Buffalo… and will do nothing about these 14 babies… will say it’s mental health but won’t do nothing about that either .. just watch,” she tweeted Tuesday.
The White House announced Thursday that President Joe Biden will travel to Uvalde this weekend to comfort the families.
“The president and the first lady believe it is important to show their support for the community during this devastating time and to be there for the families of the victims,” White House press secretary Jean-Pierre said.