Abbott calls for moment of silence on anniversary of Santa Fe shooting

Flags to fly at half-staff at Capitol, and in Galveston County on Saturday

May 17, 2019 - 4:19 pm

AUSTIN ( -- Flags at the state Capitol will fly at half-staff Saturday, marking the one year anniversary of the deadly school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued the order Friday afternoon, which affects flags at the Capitol as well as those in Galveston County, where Santa Fe is located.

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Abbott also called on all Texans across the state to join in a moment of silence at 11 a.m. Saturday morning.

"The state of Texas remains steadfast in its support for the people of Santa Fe, and we will never forget the victims, families, students, and countless others who were impacted by this horrific tragedy," Abbott said in a statement. "I remain in awe of the community that came together in the immediate aftermath of this shooting to lift one another up, and I ask that all Texans join together in a moment of silence to honor the memory of the victims and all those affected."

Abbott also touched on legislative efforts to better secure Texas schools following the shooting. "While prayers for those affected and remembrance of those lost will never cease, the state of Texas has resolved to do all it can to ensure a tragedy like this never occurs again. This legislative session, we are making meaningful strides to enhance school safety throughout the state, and I look forward to signing several bills into law that will give our students and parents the peace of mind they deserve at our schools."

Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the shooting that left 10 people dead and 13 injured.

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