Pope Francis on Wednesday said he was “heartbroken” after the massacre at a Texas elementary school that killed 22 people, including the attacker, and denounced the “uncontrolled” arms trade.
Speaking after the hearing, the Vatican said, “I am very sorry for this massacre committed in a primary school in Texas. I pray for the children, adults and their families who were killed. It is time to say ‘enough’ to unarmed human trafficking.”
An 18-year-old teenager on Tuesday killed 19 children and two teachers at a school in the small Texas town of Uvalde, close to the Mexican border.
At school, mostly Latino students study children between the ages of 7 and 10.
Texas Governor Republican Greg Abbott said the suspect, identified as Salvador Ramos, was a local resident and US citizen and was likely killed by security forces.
The attack was the deadliest since Sandy Hook, which killed 20 children and six adults in Connecticut in 2012.