Uvalde Mayor Unexpectedly Resigns Due to Unspecified Health Concerns

Uvalde, Texas has seen a major shakeup in its leadership as both Mayor Cody Smith and Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez announced their resignations. Smith’s departure comes just before a City Council meeting that may involve discussions about the 2022 school shooting at Robb Elementary School. In his statement, Smith cited undisclosed health issues as the reason for his resignation, effective immediately.

Mayor Pro-Tem Everardo Zamora will serve as mayor until a new one is elected on November 5th. The Uvalde community has been calling for accountability and justice in the wake of the school shooting, with several reports highlighting failures in the response to the tragedy. A report by the Department of Justice pointed out several mistakes made by law enforcement during the shooting, while a separate investigation cleared 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 families affected by the tragedy and work towards improving the community and achieving justice. However, Cross stated that he hopes that new leadership will continue to prioritize accountability and transparency in order to move forward from this traumatic event.

As next month marks two years since the tragic events at Robb Elementary School, it remains clear that healing and recovery are still ongoing processes for those affected by this tragedy. The Uvalde community continues to demand accountability from local leaders and law enforcement in order to move forward from this difficult time.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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