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Meghan and Prince Harry went to see the family of the person who got hurt in the Uvalde shooting

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Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, went to Uvalde, Texas last Saturday and met with the family of Irma Garcia, a beloved teacher who sadly lost her life in a tragic event at Robb Elementary School.

Irma Garcia, who had been a teacher for 23 years, was one of 21 people, including two teachers and 19 children, who lost their lives in a terrible incident at the school in May 2022. An 18-year-old person armed with a rifle entered the school and started shooting. Sadly, two days after Irma’s passing, her husband Joe Garcia also passed away from a heart attack.

John Martinez, Irma Garcia’s nephew, shared with CNN that Harry and Meghan have been in touch with his family since the tragic event. Meghan spoke at the South by Southwest festival in Austin on Friday before visiting Uvalde with Harry to check in on the family.

John Martinez expressed his surprise and joy at the unexpected visit, saying, “It was such a beautiful experience. They’re so nice and compassionate, very down-to-earth, humble people. It was kind of a surprise; Meghan called my mom one random day and dropped the news on us not too long ago that she was coming to visit the kids, and of course, we got so excited.”

Before leaving, Meghan surprised Martinez’s mom with a birthday cake. A video shared by Martinez shows them singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Claudia Martinez, Irma’s sister. Meghan had previously visited Uvalde shortly after the shooting, where she was seen placing flowers at a makeshift memorial in front of the county courthouse.

A spokesperson for the Duchess stated to CNN at the time, “She took this trip in a personal capacity as a mother, to offer her condolences and support in person to a community experiencing unimaginable grief.”

The royal visit occurred two days after an independent investigator presented a report at a city council meeting, clearing local officers of wrongdoing in their response to the shooting. The report claimed that responding officers acted in good faith, though many victims’ families expressed anger and frustration, demanding accountability for the law enforcement response.

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