• Wed. Apr 17th, 2024

Uvalde Mayor Resigns Amid School Shooting Investigation, Disappointing Community Calling for Accountability

BySamantha Jones

Apr 2, 2024
Uvalde Mayor Unexpectedly Resigns Due to Unspecified Health Concerns

Uvalde, Texas Mayor Cody Smith has announced his resignation due to undisclosed health issues. Smith, who was elected in November following the 2022 school shooting at Robb Elementary School, ran on a platform of helping the city recover. His resignation, effective immediately, was announced in a statement on Monday.

Mayor Pro-Tem Everardo Zamora will serve as mayor until a new one is elected on November 5th. Smith’s departure comes just before a City Council meeting that may involve discussions about the school shooting. The Uvalde Police Chief, Daniel Rodriguez, also announced his resignation, effective early April.

The Uvalde community has been calling for accountability and justice in the wake of the school shooting. A report by the Department of Justice pointed out several failures in the response to the shooting, and a separate report cleared the police of any wrongdoing, much to the dismay of parents and residents.

Brett Cross, a father who lost his son in the shooting, expressed disappointment in Mayor Smith’s resignation. He believed that Smith was starting to communicate with the families affected by the tragedy and work towards improving the community and achieving justice.

Next month marks two years since the tragic events at Robb Elementary School. The Uvalde community continues to grapple with the aftermath of the shooting and the need for accountability and transparency from local leaders and law enforcement.

By Samantha Jones

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