May 25, 2022

'Heartbroken': Colorado officials, candidates react to massacre at Texas elementary school

Colorado officials and candidates for statewide and federal office reacted Tuesday with anguish and outrage following an attack by an 18-year-old gunman at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that left at least 22 dead, including 19 children. The gunman was killed by law enforcement, authorities said.

Amid calls for prayers and action, some state leaders noted that Coloradans are all too familiar with mass shootings, from the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 to the shooting last spring at a Boulder King Soopers, with too many to count in between.

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, a Democrat who represents Boulder in the House, said he was heartbroken and frustrated.

"Children. Innocent children," he tweeted. "Devastating and horrific. I’m heartbroken for the families of those who lost their loved ones, And frustrated beyond words at the refusal of lawmakers to protect our kids from harm. Praying for the people of Texas."