Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un. To God, we belong and to God, we shall return.
Our hearts are broken into 22 little pieces.
On Tuesday, May 24th, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos opened fire at Robb Elementary school with an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle, killing 19 elementary school children, two teachers, and his own grandmother in the town of Uvalde, Texas. He also injured 17 others. The world continues to grapple with the reality that Uziyah Garcia, Alithia Ramirez, Amerie Jo Garza, Xavier Lopez, Annabell Rodriguez, Eliahana Torres, Jose Flores, Eliahna Garcia, Rojelio Torres, Jaliah Silguero, Jace Luevanos, Jacklyn Cazares, Makenna Elrod, Naveh Bravo, Tess Marie, Alexandria Rubio, and Layla Salazar won't be playing in the schoolyard anymore. Dedicated educators Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia won't get to impart the love and knowledge they held to their fourth graders. Their murder comes on the heels of two mass shootings in the last 10 days, Buffalo, New York on May 14th and Laguna Woods, California on May 15th. It follows 280 incidences of gun violence in the last 72 hours (Gun Violence Archive). It comes in the light of 200 mass shootings in 2020. MuslimARC prays for all victims and those affected by gun violence. As we grieve, we are praying to our Creator to ease our sorrows during this time of unimaginable loss.