Texas school shooting: Uvalde teacher had made peace with the idea that she was going to die, lawyer claims

What followed next would be “the most horrific thing anyone could have endured,” his lawyer Don Flanary told CNN, as a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers in the most gruesome mass shooting. murderer in a school for almost a decade.

Marin went inside the school to report the accident and left the door unlocked with a stone, according to Flanary, who is assisting Marin in a possible civil action against the makers of the weapon used in the massacre.

When Marin returned to the door — still on the line with 911 operators — she saw her colleague running away and heard people across the street at a funeral home yelling, “He’s got a gun. fire!”

Marin saw the 18-year-old shooter approach, Flanary said, so she kicked the door shut and ran to a nearby nearby classroom, huddled under a counter.

That’s where Marin heard gunshots, Flanary said – first outside, then inside the school.

“Frozen” in fear, Marin received a text from his daughter asking if she was safe, and eventually had to silence his phone, convinced the shooter would hear him, his lawyer said.

“She thought he was going to come in and kill her and she made peace with that,” Flanary said.

The shooter targeted another classroom and never met Marin, his lawyer said. Her grandson, who is a student at Robb Elementary, was also elsewhere and survived. Still, Marin’s ordeal was quickly exacerbated in the days following the shooting after authorities said the shooter entered the school through a door left open.

“She felt lonely, like she couldn’t even cry,” Flanary said. “She questioned herself, like ‘didn’t I do that? “”, He added.

The Texas Department of Public Safety later clarified that the shooter instead entered through a door that was unlocked. The whole experience, however, took a toll on his mental health, Flanary said. She had to see a neurologist because “she can’t stop shaking,” he said.
While Marin has no plans to sue the school, police or school district, Flanary said, a motion was filed Thursday to depose Daniel Defense, the maker of the firearm used in the attack, according to a court filing obtained by CNN.

The pre-trial motion does not accuse the gunmaker of wrongdoing, but seeks to determine whether the petitioner has a basis to file a complaint against Daniel Defense. CNN has contacted Daniel Defense for its response to the filing.

A memorial surrounds the sign at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

State senator demands more answers

Investigators from local, state and federal agencies say they are working to learn more about the circumstances of the shooting.

Search warrants have been issued for the shooter’s cellphone, vehicle and his grandparents’ home, according to court records obtained by CNN. The warrant gives investigators the power to perform a forensic download of the cellphone – which was next to his body – in search of a mobile.

Still, criticism continues over whether authorities moved quickly enough to neutralize the shooter as well as the lack of transparency by some law enforcement officials after the shooting.
More than a week after the Uvalde massacre, officials are still avoiding questions from the media about what happened
According to a timeline released by Texas DPS, multiple 911 calls were made by children inside the classroom where the shooter was located, all while police were stationed outside the room.
A Texas state lawmaker raised questions at a Thursday news conference about whether information about 911 calls from inside Robb Elementary had been properly relayed to responders at the scene.

State Senator Roland Gutierrez said he spoke with the agency that regulates 911 calls, the State Emergency Communications Commission, and was told that calls to 911 had been processed and forwarded to city police at the scene. However, what is unclear is whether this information was passed on to the school district police chief, who was the incident commander at the scene.

“They were released to a police officer in Uvalde and the state agency I spoke to didn’t tell me who it was,” Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez also said he wanted to know more about what was happening at school that day.

“I want to know where the cops were in that room. I want to know how many of my cops were in there, how many state troopers were there. I want to know how many state troopers were outside. I want to know how many federal agents were inside for 19 minutes, I mean for 45 minutes,” Gutierrez told reporters.

“I want to know specifically who was receiving the 911 calls,” he said.

CNN has reached out to the state Emergency Communications Commission, Uvalde Police and the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District for comment on Gutierrez’s statements.

The judge says he tried to identify the victims

As the community gathers to bury the missing, the justice of the peace who was on duty as de facto coroner recalled the tragic scene.

Judge Lalo Diaz Jr. discovered the ‘active shooter’ situation from a police social media alert, he told CNN’s Poppy Harlow on Thursday, fearing the possibility of deaths as a result. .

But, soon after, “I hear the ambulances and I hear the officers and the sirens,” he said.

As Uvalde's funeral continues, authorities
Called to elementary school, Diaz and a medical examiner from nearby Bexar County entered the crime scene hours after a Border Patrol tactical team killed the shooter.

“My mind was racing,” Diaz said, “knowing that I was going to see something amazing, that I never wanted to see.”

There, among the children killed, Diaz recognized teacher Irma Garcia, whom he had known since they went to school together. Diaz was also friends with her husband, Joe Garcia, who died of a heart attack two days after the shooting.

“It breaks my heart,” Diaz said. “I see this devastation that these weapons have done to children and to these teachers, and it’s just unbelievable.”

The Garcias’ funeral was held on Wednesday, and additional funerals for the others killed will continue in the coming days.

CNN’s Rebekah Riess, Chris Boyette, Amir Vera, Holly Yan, Elizabeth Joseph, Aya Elamroussi and Haley Burton contributed to this report.

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