Flags lowered in honor of victims of school shooting in Uvalde, Texas
The shooting in Uvalde, Texas left 21 dead, including 19 children and two adults. The information was updated by the Texas Department of Public Safety after an initial announcement by Texas Governor Greg Abbott earlier in the day.
Maui Mayor Michael Victorino released a statement after Tuesday’s mass shooting in Texas saying:
“Today we learned of yet another senseless act of gun violence in the nation… Like so many in our community, I feel disgusted, angry, and very, very sad… I ask the people of Maui County keep the victims, their families, friends and neighbors in your prayers. Joycelyn and I join you in asking God to comfort everyone in the Uvalde community during this terrible time.”
Flags are being lowered today through Saturday as a mark of respect for the 14 children and one teacher who were shot and killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas this morning.
“I join our nation in mourning the tragic and senseless loss of these innocent victims, and I stand with the families of those affected by this horrific act of violence,” said Governor David Ige in issuing the flag order. “On behalf of the State of Hawai‘i, I express my deepest condolences to the victims’ families, the faculty, staff and student body at Robb Elementary School, and the Uvalde community in Texas,” he said.
The order was issued at the direction of the President of the United States in a proclamation.
Upon President Biden’s request, Gov. Ige ordered that the US flag and the Hawai‘i state flag be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and upon all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawai‘i National Guard in the State of Hawai‘i.
The flag order runs until sunset on Saturday, May 28, 2022.