The family of Amerie Jo Garza laid the 10-year-old Robb Elementary School student to rest as the focus turns to gun control, with US President Joe Biden meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to discuss her 2019 ban on military-style weapons that followed the Christchurch massacre.
Last week, two teachers and 19 students were killed in the town of Uvalde, about 90 minutes west of San Antonio, when an 18-year-old gunman burst into a classroom on Tuesday, May 24 (local time) and began firing a military-style rifle.
The first two funerals were held exactly one week later, while the pressure on local funeral homes means at least one family still has not seen the body of their loved one.
Mr Biden praised Ms Ardern for her “galvanising leadership” on New Zealand’s efforts to curb the spread of extremism online after a white supremacist killed 51 Muslim worshippers at two Christchurch mosques.
Ms Ardern successfully won passage of gun control measures less than a month after the shooting, with all but one of the country’s 120 federal politicians voting in favour of banning military-style semiautomatic weapons.
The New Zealand PM offered her condolences to Mr Biden and said she stood ready to share “anything that we can share that would be of any value” from her country’s experience.
“Our experience demonstrated our need for gun reform, but it also demonstrated what I think is an international issue around violent extremism and terrorism online,” Ms Ardern told reporters after the meeting.