Nikki and Brett Cross are still in disbelief that 10-year-old Uziyah Garcia was among the 19 children and two adults killed in the May 24 massacre., Texas. It was their nephew who lived with them and they considered him their son.
Sunday,It found “systematic failures and extremely poor decisions” that led to the failures in the Uvalde shooting response.
The Crosses told CBS News’ Lilia Luciano that they believe the failures highlighted in the report contributed to Uzziah’s death.
“The police failed us. The school system failed us. Those failures cost our son his life,” said Brett Cross.
After the news, multiple police body camera and school security camera images of the shooting were released. Brett Cross said watching the footage was the “worst thing” he had ever seen in his entire life.
“We shouldn’t have had 21 funerals. We should have held a parade for the fallen heroes who took care of our babies,” he said.
After reading some of the nearly 80-page report that highlighted the inaction and confusion of the force of about 400 responding officers, Cross is calling for accountability.
“I’m glad it’s coming out so we can see all the failures, but I don’t know if it’s going to help because nobody’s being held accountable,” Brett Cross said.
How Nikki Cross spoke through tearshe wanted to be a policeman before he was killed.
“He wanted to be the only thing that failed him,” she said.
To honor Uzziah, the Crosses built a memorial at home out of his favorite items, including a water bottle returned to them by the school that bore marks from the shooting.
“I don’t think we’ll ever get over the feeling that this could just be a bad dream we’re having and I’m going to wake up tomorrow and it’s not going to be true,” Nikki Cross said.
Uvalde shooting report sparks reaction from victims’ families: ‘We shouldn’t have held 21 funerals’
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