My 9 year old daughter could have been saved from the assassin at Uvalde school – the police abandoned her and we cannot wake up from this nightmare
A heartbroken father has slammed Uvalde police for failing to save his daughter, who he says was still suffering from a heart attack after bleeding to death under gunfire for 30 minutes.
It has been a year Wednesday since nine-year-old Jacklyn Cazares was massacred along with 20 others by teenage gunman Salvador Ramos at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Little Jacklyn was struck in the middle of the 73-minute incident, which sparked nationwide outrage over the deadly slow police response.
Officers were caught loitering in the hallways using hand sanitizer while Ramos barricaded 19 children and two teachers in classrooms and opened fire.
After entering the school through an unlocked door at 11:33 a.m., Ramos was eventually shot dead by officers at 12:50 p.m., according to surveillance footage.
Many students were left bleeding on the classroom floor while hugging each other for comfort while officers decided on their next course of action.
When first responders finally got to the scene of the accident, they found little Jackie, who her father said still had a heart attack.
But she had already lost too much blood and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
“I think if they had been there sooner she would have been saved,” Javier exclusively told The US Sun. “Maybe not just her, maybe two or three others.”
Javier arrived at the hospital 15 minutes after Jacklyn arrived, looking for signs of his daughter.
He approached hospital workers and showed photos of her, but no one knew where she was.
Eventually he was asked to come into a room and identify her body.
He asked the doctors to pull down the white sheet covering her injured body so he could see clearly how she died. NBC News reports.
“She was loving and caring, open-hearted,” he told The US Sun.
“I can go on like this, but she was the light of our lives.”
“You must be fired”
Javier is calling for Uvalde Police Department officers to be fired so they can allegedly stop corrupting the law enforcement system.
“They’re still out there. They failed once and they will fail again,” said the devastated father. “One cannot teach courage.”
Describing the aftermath as a slap on the wrist, he said that while local officials were waiting for the world to forget, he would keep victims’ memories alive.
“They will never take responsibility for their actions,” he said.
The city has promised an investigation into the shooting will be launched, but parents are eager for any signs of progress.
Javier pointed out that two soldiers, including the school official who was off campus when Ramos ran into the parking lot with a gun, were honorably discharged from duty.
“It’s a slap in the face,” he said.
The US Sun has reached out to Uvalde Police for comment.
Javier has also criticized laws allowing young adults to purchase assault weapons after Ramos celebrated his 18th birthday by purchasing the rifles he used at Jacklyn.
“You have to be 21 to buy a handgun, but you can buy a deadlier weapon at 18. That doesn’t make any sense,” Javier said.
“They’re making it more and more accessible here in Texas, and I don’t know what it takes for them to make it happen.”
Javier was one of the many voices influencing the decision by the Texas House of Representatives Committee to raise the minimum age for purchasing semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21.
IN MEMORY OF UVALDE
Officials continue to reveal horrifying details about the day that devastated the small Uvalde community.
Ramos murdered his grandmother before getting in his car and driving to school.
Texas Rep. Joe Moody, who is investigating the incident, said Ramos collected the victims’ blood and smeared a chalkboard on it to write “LOL.”
The representative said there were large holes when he banged his fist through the walls, which still contained artwork created by the children.
“The television the children watched that day had bullet holes and desks served as makeshift shields,” he said last month while reporting the findings of his investigation.
“This was a mass grave for the tiny bodies of children who died screaming while holding on to each other.”
When asked what he feels positive about in the face of such a tragedy, Javier admitted that Jacklyn’s death has left his family in tatters.
“You know it’s still a dark cloud and a nightmare that we can’t wake up from,” he said.