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Our hearts are shattered

Alexandria Aniyah Rubio
Alithia Ramirez
Amerie Jo Garza
Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez
Eliahana Cruz Torres
Eliana “Ellie” Garcia
Jackie Cazares
Jailah Nicole Silguero
Jayce Luevanos
Jose Flores
Layla Salazar
Makenna Lee Elrod
Maite Rodriguez
Miranda Mathis
Nevaeh Bravo
Rojelio Torres
Tess Marie Mata
Uziyah Garcia
Xavier Lopez
Eva Mireles
Irma Garcia

Those are the names of the nineteen third and fourth graders and two teachers who were murdered at Robb Elementary earlier this week.

Nineteen babies killed. Two educators killed. More injured.

Words such as anger, sadness, terror, or frustration fall short of encapsulating the tidal wave of shattering heartbreak we are feeling.

On Tuesday, we told you that our team was working to find a way to turn our heartbreak into action—and we came to you and asked if you’d join us in providing support and helping protect our families and babies from living like this, and dying like this.

In 44 hours, 2,739 of you donated $213,708.84.

Every penny is being urgently deployed, with $106,854.42 going directly to the Uvalde victims’ families via VictimsFirst and $106,854.42 to Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, which includes Everytown Law and One Thing You Can Do.

Founded and led by families of victims of mass casualties, VictimsFirst ensures that “100% of donations collected for victims of mass casualty crime actually go directly to those victims.”

A program of Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, Everytown Law is the “largest team of litigators in the country dedicated to advancing gun safety in the courts and through the civil and criminal justice systems.” Focused on impact litigation, they fight tirelessly for victims of gun violence.

One Thing You Can Do provides up-to-date information about states’ red flag laws, which enable a loved one to have firearms quickly and temporarily removed from a high-risk individual.

Every penny we receive this week will be equally split between supporting the Uvalde victims’ grieving families and preventing future tragedies via Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund.

Thank you for trusting us to turn heartbreak into action.

With love, fury, and relentless hope,
Together Rising