Parents and loved ones of the victims of the shooting at Robb Elementary School pressed Uvalde City Council members Thursday for details on the official investigation into the tragedy — but their requests for more information were, once again, denied.
Their pleas come as police and Uvalde government officials have routinely denied access to details of the shooting requested by media, elected officials and family members of the 19 children and two teachers killed May 24 inside the small school about 100 miles west of San Antonio. At Thursday’s scheduled council meeting in Uvalde, Mayor Don McLaughlin said the Texas Department of Public Safety and Uvalde County District Attorney’s Office said releasing such information would jeopardize the investigation.
“We’re looking for some answers that nobody seems to be getting and it’s just making Uvalde PD and everybody else look even more guilty,” said Berlinda Arreola, who is the grandmother of a young girl killed in the shooting according to ABC News .
“Nobody’s giving us any answers,” said another family member of a teacher killed, who did not publicly identify herself when speaking to council members, according to The Texas Tribune . “It’s been over a month. You have no idea how frustrating that is. We’re sitting here, just listening to empty words.”
Council members received an update on the investigation behind closed doors Thursday night, but McLaughlin declined to release any findings publicly.
“We’re not trying to hide anything from you,” McLaughlin said during the meeting. “We don’t have anything.”
Parents and loved ones were also upset that Pete Arredondo, the Uvalde CISD police chief who ordered cops to wait nearly an hour before confronting the shooter, has yet to show up to a council meeting. Arredondo was elected as a council member earlier this year and sworn in on June 1. He has missed two regular meetings and a special emergency meeting. If he misses the next regular meeting, he could be eligible for a recall election .