/Live updates: Texas elementary school shooting – CNN

Live updates: Texas elementary school shooting – CNN

(Air Force Academy)
(Air Force Academy)

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that “today, we are all citizens of Uvalde” at the beginning of his commencement remarks at the US Air Force Academy graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs, on Wednesday, the day after a deadly shooting left 19 children and two teachers dead. 

“All of us here today are moms and dads, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, and our hearts break for them, and for the unspeakable grief that they are enduring,” Austin said. “We cannot assuage that grief, we know that. But we can endeavor to keep them and the loved ones that they lost close to our hearts and deep in our prayers.”

“So today, we are all citizens of Uvalde,” he added. 

Austin extended his condolences and “those of the entire department” of Defense to the people of Uvalde, Texas, in his opening comments.

At the beginning of the graduation ceremony, Chaplain Col. Julian Gaither held a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting. 

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