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nothing changes. and laura, warriors public address announcer doing something similar to what the heat did the night before saying -- encouraging people to donate to groups that had vow cat fo advocate for sensible gun laws and it and i will starts at the ballot box. >> interesting to see how they are using their platform in that way. not just hopes and prayers. thanks, andy. and thanks for joining me. "new day" starts right now. today was supposed to be the first day of summer break for 19 children and two teachers, instead, the families are planning their funerals. i'm john berman in uvalde, texas, this morning, brianna keilar is in washington. this morning our exclusive conversation with an 11-year-old girl who survived the worst of the attack here at the robb
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elementary school. she saw her teacher killed. for the first time we learn what the killer said before he fired his gun in that classroom. we hear new details about what he did, this witness says he played music during the massacre. and we learn what this brave 11-year-old did to stay alive while it was all happening. all of this at the top of the next hour. in the meantime, the police response to the tragedy that took place here is facing intense scrutiny and there are new questions about the timeline. this is what we know. the 18-year-old gunman was not -- not -- confronted by law enforcement before he entered the building. this contradicts what we were told repeatedly by law enforcement. officers at the scene we are told were calling for backup as shots were being fired inside the school. a source close to a teacher who was inside says the school was not on lockdown before the
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shooter entered, even though he fired shots at two people near the school 12 minutes earlier. frantic parents arriving at the scene were held back by police. officials say they were holding the parents back because of the volatile nature of the situation. >> and this morning we are learning the identities of more young victims. leyla salazar was 11 years old, she loved to run, film tiktok videos and dance. 10-year-old alithia ramirez loved to draw, she wanted to be an artist. for many of the young survivors the experience left them shaken and scarred. here is how a second grader explained his ordeal. >> i was praying, thinking why is this happening? i have the fear of guns now
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because i'm scared someone might shoot me. >> president biden and the first lady will be visiting uvalde on sunday to comfort families who lost loved ones and to speak to community leaders. >> again, in just a little bit we're going to hear the story of an 11-year-old girl who saw the worst of it. first, though, cnn's adrienne broaddus with me. you spoke to a young boy who lived through this as well. what did he tell you? >> he is a survivor. he doesn't remember much about that tuesday, but he does recall certain moments. for example, the moment he heard the gunfire. he said his teacher quickly locked the door and told the students to hide and be quiet. >> reporter: jayden perez is better today. >> still sad about some of the -- some of my friends that died. >> reporter: and the 10-year-old shooting survivor says talking
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helps. >> it was very terrifying because i never thought that was going to happen. >> reporter: inside a fourth grade classroom the 10-year-old said he and his classmates hid near the backpacks. this photo of the classroom was taken long before the shooting. >> five of us hiding there and the rest under a table, but that didn't stop one of my friends getting hurt. the shooter shot through the window and hurting my friend and my teacher. like my teacher got hurt like on -- like on -- i don't know which side, but she got hit -- like hit on the side, and then -- and then my friend got like shot through the nose and they had -- and they both had to get surgery. >> reporter: perez said an officer helped him and his classmates escape through a window, but not before the shooter had killed his friends. >> makenna, tess, annabelle.
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basically almost some of them -- basically almost all of them. >> reporter: jayden's pain not physical, but emotionally paralyzing. >> because after what happened, no. >> reporter: do you ever want to go back to school? >> i don't want to, no, because i don't want anything to do with another shooting and me in the school. >> reporter: you're scared it might happen again? >> uh-huh. and i know it might happen again probably. >> reporter: jayden's mom crystal shared these pictures taken about 90 minutes before the shooting. she's with her son at the school celebrating jayden's honor roll achievement. his mom said waiting, not knowing, was tough. >> what did you tell your mom when you finally saw her? >> i left my water bottle at
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school. >> your water bottle. did you hug her? >> uh-huh. well, she hugged me first. she was like -- >> was she so happy to see you? >> yes, and my dad, and my grandma. >> what do your parents mean to you? >> a lot. because they brought me into this world. >> reporter: a world where schools are also crime scenes. >> did you hear the gunfire? >> yes. you never know whenever you can lose someone close to you. >> and at 10 he is reminding everyone to hug people that you love while you can. this after witnessing what he saw inside of this school behind us. he said -- he told me before tuesday he wanted to become a police officer as an adult. now that's changed. he says he wants to be a surgeon because he wants to help people after witnessing what he saw here. >> and i'm sure he will.
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look, when he describes the hug that his mother gave him, i just can't imagine what that hug must have been like. >> it meant everything for mom. she said, yeah, he was concerned about his water bottle, but i don't care about the water bottle, that's material. a water bottle can be replaced. she said it felt like an eternity waiting to be reunited with her son. >> she was in the school. she was in the school with him an hour before this all happened. adrienne, terrific reporting. thank you for being with us. we do have more information about the investigation this morning. for that let's bring in cnn's shimon prokupecz. shimon, look, there are still a lot of unanswered questions here and now we have direct contradictions as well. >> we have direct contradictions, we have a timeline, finally a more fuller timeline, but despite all that, john, there are still significant questions here about the police response.
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>> reporter: growing outrage as more details emerge about the crucial hour a shooter had barricaded himself in a classroom at robb elementary school. >> you go in and that didn't happen here. i don't want to monday morning quarterback this thing, but at the end of the day we have to find out for the future so that this never happens again and what kind of failures happened and i feel in this situation standing back was not the thing to do. >> reporter: 19 children and two teachers were killed in tuesday's massacre. and new video reveals parents frantic outside the school begging law enforcement to enter. >> i told one of the officers myself if they didn't want to go in there let me borrow a gun and a vest and i will go in there myself to handle it, and they told me no. i mean, they -- like they were doing their job, what they could
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have done quicker before that man went in the school. >> reporter: criticism over the police response is mounting. >> since columbine we've known that law enforcement has known that you don't have a second to waste when you're dealing with an active shooter. police engage the teachers, get the kids out of here and you hold that ground, you bang it out with them until heavier weapons arrive. those parents were right. >> reporter: further law enforcement is back peddling earlier statements made to the public in the hours after the shooting. on tuesday the public was told that the shooter engaged with the school resource officer, but that was not the case. >> he was not confronted by anybody, to clear the record on that. >> reporter: there was no school resource officer at the school when the shooter entered the building. here is where the timeline of events stands according to law enforcement.
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at 11:28 a.m. the gunman crashed his vehicle in a ditch near the school. onlookers nearby saw the crash and the gunman emerge weapon in hand. >> came out with an automatic weapon, shot at least twice, maybe three times at them and then that's when he spotted me and, i mean, i was already in motion to run and that's when he bam, bam. >> reporter: at 11:40 a.m. the gunman seems to have walked into the school through an unlocked door. inside the gunman entered the classroom and fired more than 25 times. at 11:44 a.m. law enforcement entered the school. they immediately received fire and took cover. officers say the shooter was barricaded in a classroom and they were talking to him. they also called for backup. officials defending the response to the shooting. >> at that point they had the suspect contained within the classroom. if those officers were not there, if they did not maintain their presence there is a good chance that gunman could have made it to other classrooms and
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commit for killings. >> reporter: there is still a crucial hour where details are sparse as to why officers were not able to breach that barricaded classroom and apprehend the gunman. >> we will be doing updates. we will be doing -- answer those questions. >> answer that question now, sir. >> what is your name? >> shimon prokupecz. >> shimon, i hear you. >> we've been given a lot of bad information so why don't you clear all of this up now and explain to us how it is that your officers were in there for an hour, yes, rescuing people but yet no one was able to get inside that room. >> shimon, we will circle back with you. >> and, john, it's really that hour that this gunman was inside that has law enforcement experts raising all sorts of questions because people want to know -- want to know what did the police do to try and engage, to try to stop the gunman in that hour and there are still so many questions because the police are not revealing what they were doing. yes, they were taking kids out,
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they were rescuing some of the kids that were not in that classroom, but what efforts did they make in that crucial hour to try to stop that gunman? >> from right here you were trying to figure out how the classroom was barricaded, which is the word they keep on using, but they still haven't told us, right? >> that's right. and it's raising serious questions because if you hear some of these explanations, i'm not -- it's not entirely clear that the initial officers even approached this classroom door where we've been told was somehow barricaded or locked because the explanation keeps being that they were taking gunfire and then they had to take cover. so how close to this door did they get and did they, in fact, try to breach this door and get inside this classroom to stop the gunman? >> again, we are going to speak once again to lieutenant chris olivarez who we have spoken to repeatedly. we will get a chance to talk to him next hour and put some of these questions to him as this story as i'm putting this charitably evolves.
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>> certainly. look, the thing is that we were given bad information early on and it sort of has taken on this narrative and then they're saying, well, we need to talk to other people, we need to continue to talk to witnesses, but the fact is that these investigators should have a better timeline by this point, john. >> the school -- either the resource officer was there or not and that's something that coffin known, should have been known within hours. shimon prokupecz, thank you for asking the questions. thank you for your reporting. so the husband of one of the teachers who was killed here has died. family members say it was from a broken heart. that story next. a monster was attacking but the team remained calm. because with miro, they could problem solve together, and find the answer that was righght under their nose. or... his nose. ever get a sign the univiverses trying to tell you something? the clues are all around us! not that one.
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killed here at the robb elementary school, the husband joe has died from a heart attack. his death came shortly after he left flowers here. his family said he died of a broken heart after losing the love of his life of more than 25 years. they had four children. our hearts go out to that family that has suffered so much. their larger family here in the uvalde community standing behind them all this morning. so as they mourn there are still questions about the investigation and the timeline. joining me investigative reporter for the "austin american statesman" tony, thank you for being with us. this timeline now days after the event law enforcement laying it out there. what questions do you still have this morning? >> well, i think there are
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several critical minutes that happened once about a handful of officers, municipal and school district police officers arrived at the scene and i think one of the main questions is exactly what they did to try to confront that gunman as he barricaded himself in that classroom. we understand that there was, in fact, an exchange of gunfire, but that is something, too, that is part of the investigation as officials are trying to build the timeline themselves. one of the things that i'm told they are going to be relying upon is ballistics -- are ballistics in terms of using ballistics to try to figure out which police officers may have fired and at what point during the sequence of events he or she may have fired. >> it's not crystal clear at this point to what extent they fired before he even got inside that classroom. we had been told -- look, initially we were told there was an exchange of fire with him
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outside the school, but then we were told that officers fired at him before he got in the classroom. now i'm not sure that's clear. >> it's absolutely not clear. i mean, again, we've seen this story shift since the very beginning of this tragedy on tuesday. and i think another question that is almost uncomprehensible to think about and that is once he was inside that classroom, how were the officers then trying to stop the bloodshed that happened inside? law enforcement officials -- law enforcement experts tell me at that point you've got to do almost anything possible, even if it means putting your own life in the line of fire to protect those children and so the degree to which that happened or why it may not have happened is, i think, a huge unanswered question at this
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hour. >> tony, you also cover guns here in texas. it's interesting, it will be interesting to see how all these questions about the police timeline figures into the discussion about guns and gun safety. >> it certainly complicates it. i mean, here in texas and particularly in small town texas like uvalde, you have a back the blue sentiment that runs really deep as well, as well as pro second amendment rights. and so some of the people i was talking to on that town square yesterday evening were trying to just reconcile all of this. they certainly did not like the fact that they were having to challenge their own beliefs about police officers and police conduct. i do think it is important to mention and underscore that according to what law enforcement officials told us yesterday and in the previous couple of days is that once
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those officers retreated after taking fire, they did, according to officials, then begin assisting in the evacuation of other students and teachers, but, again, a huge question about what they were trying to do to preserve the lives of those children and teachers inside that barricaded classroom. >> tony, thanks so much for being with us this morning and talking us through these issues. great work you've been doing here. >> you bet. thank you. so in washington mitch mcconnell seems to have opened the door to a bipartisan response to the shooting here. what the republican leader is telling cnn. plus, federal judges appointed by former president trump have ruled against limiting gun sales to people younger than 21. stay with us, our special live coverage continues.
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there is new cnn reporting this morning senate majority leader mitch mcconnell says he directed texas senator john cornyn to collaborate with democrats for a solution on gun violence to see if they can maybe find a middle ground on any legislation to respond to the uvalde shooting. cnn correspondent lauren fox broke this story, she is with us now for the latest on this. the question always is is this movement theater or is this actual movement? >> yeah, and we don't know the answer to that definitively yet, whether or not mcconnell is trying to encourage john cornyn to start these conversations, maybe realizing that they may not lead anywhere, or are they really trying to seek a solution? i will say it's significant that mcconnell wanted to talk about
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this, that he stopped and answered a question about this, because you've covered the hill, mcconnell goes back and forth from the floor to his office, often completely ignoring reporter questions. he wanted to answer a question about this and he told me directly yesterday, i have encouraged cornyn to talk with senator murphy and senator sinema and others who are interested in trying to get an outcome that is directly related to the problem. i am hopeful that we could come up with a bipartisan solution. now, the keywords there, directly related to the problem. what does he mean by that? we are not talking about changes in gun laws that would address, you know, limiting ar 15s in this country. we are not talking about a debate on limiting the size of magazines on these kinds of guns. instead what he's talking about is a more limited universe of solutions, things like red flag laws, background checks, access to mental health. that seems to be the area that
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republicans are more willing to engage on. in fact, when senator cornyn got back from texas yesterday i talked to him and he directly said that mental health was something he thought lawmakers should start having a conversation on. he was a little more skeptical on the questions of background checks because they want to know more information about what happened in this shooting. republicans often you will see after these mass shootings will pivot to what was directly related to stopping the last mass shooting that we are watching unfold in the united states. >> when really we should be looking at all of them together, right? what the trends are that we're seeing. so they are going away or they left already, right? >> yes. >> they're back in a week and change. >> yes. >> it's amazing how quickly momentum can slow, right? what do you think is going to happen? >> well, you saw some bipartisan conversations happening yesterday on the senate floor, some more formal conversations happening after votes yesterday, but the reality is can you keep
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this discussion up when lawmakers return? senator chris murphy a democrat from the state of connecticut who has led on these issues, he told me he is going to be having phone conversations next week, he is not just going to take next week off and come back to this when they return. he views this as there's momentum, we need to act now. i want to be ready to have some kind of framework in hand when we come back. and schumer said this yesterday on the floor, the majority leader, if republicans do not make a decision on what they're willing to support or they continue to use delay tactics, we're going to bring those house passed background checks to the floor. we are not just going to give them unlimited amounts of time to delay this negotiation and delay this debate. they know that time is the enemy here. >> lauren fox, thank you so much. great reporting. these high-profile mass shootings perpetrated by gunmen in their late teens coming at a time when the federal judiciary, many of them trump appointees, have increasingly ruled against gun control limits aimed at
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people who are under 21 years old. citing historical record that teenagers were in the militia when the second amendment was adopted in the u.s. let's bring in the anchor of "early start" and cnn correspondent laura jarrett to tell us more about this. tell us about this point that they are arguing. >> hey, brianna, good morning. so here is what we know, let's start with the data. the data shows teens are responsible for a disproportionate share of gun violence in this country, yet the laws currently on the books don't address that reality in a uniform way. take a look at this, only 19 states have passed laws requiring someone to be 21 years old to purchase a handgun. when it comes to long guns, like the types of guns that we see in so many of these mat shootings, the number of states is even smaller, just six places where you have to be 21 years old. but the other part of this story is what's happening in court because even when states try to pass stricter gun safety laws they're often struck down. earlier this month a panel of judges appointed by former
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president trump on the 9th circuit found that california went too far in trying to ban the sale of semi-automatic rifles to anyone under 21. the judges did a lengthy historical analysis and the opinion says this in part, quote, ultimately the second amendment protects the right of people to keep and bear arms and refers to the militia. young adults were part of the militia and were expected to have their own arms. last year the 4th circuit reached a fame lar conclusion, a panel of two judges and one appointed by george w. bush said the restrictions on the sale of handguns to 18 to 20 year olds were unconstitutional because historically 18 year olds had to be part of the militia. in both cases the judges were unpersuaded by the data that i just mentioned on teens and gun violence and they found that those laws were overinclusive and overly restrictive. now, of course, there have been plenty of decisions upholding gun restrictions in all kinds of places but the supreme court right this very minute is
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working on a case about new york's concealed carry license requirement and given the current balance of the high court a sweeping ruling could have major implications for all kinds of other gun laws throughout the rest of the country. >> certainly could. laura, thank you for that. president biden and first lady jill biden will travel to uvalde, texas, this sunday to meet with the families of the 19 children and the two teachers killed inside robb elementary school on tuesday. this is the second time in just two weeks that the president will console a mourning community that has been shattered by mass gun violence. joining me now to discuss this upcoming trip is cnn political analyst david gregory. david, you've seen these before, right? you've seen these visits before. what does he have to do and what specifics does he have to bring? >> reporter: we have seen these before. i mean, i think way back to the oklahoma city bombing and the impact that president bill
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clinton had on the country and the world with his remarks. remember, 18 children killed in the federal building in oklahoma city, 19 children murdered here. the president had done this to great effect because he knows firsthand tragedy, loss, he can speak to parents as the president and as a human being in a way that very few other people can with that level of understanding. you know, i think your question assumes the idea that he goes beyond eulogy and gets into some specifics about remedy, about politics, about gun safety, and, you know, at this point the president is walking a line here. there have been some discussions as you've been reporting this morning. he wants to push that along, but i think he also wants to keep some distance to allow that to gain some momentum. >> he also has to know his audience, right? i mean, when you're talking about texas, when you're talking about uvalde, we've heard -- we just heard from a reporter
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covering this story locally in texas that people there are conflicted. they're trying to kind of challenge their own beliefs about what happened here. >> exactly. and you have the murder of children. you know, i mean, we talk about the epidemic of these school shootings often, most often perpetrated by young men who are disturbed in some way. if you think about the facts of this case that are just so depraved, the premeditation involved, the fact that this was a young man who evidently wanted to confront law enforcement, understood what that would mean in terms of losing his own life, but still takes the lives of these children, which is just beyond comprehension. i think the president wants to speak to that and speak to the epidemic piece of this. i mean, ultimately we've got to figure out in our country how to reconcile fundamental rights we have in our constitution with an epidemic of violence because people who are committing these
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acts understand something beyond whatever illness they're facing, however depraved they are, they understand that the most significant way to get attention is to perpetrate this kind of act. that's, i think, in part what has to be addressed. >> david, you heard lauren's reporting about what is happening on the hill. senator cornyn comes back from texas, mitch mcconnell is now enlisting him in these bipartisan discussions. do you have any hope that there is actually something different this time? >> i'm a bit cynical. been here before. saw it after sandy hook in connecticut and i remember saying to myself if they can't pass something after the murder of children in sandy hook i don't know what it would take. and here we have the murder of children again that is -- that is so heart wrenching. you know, are there signs of progress? yeah. i mean, the fact that mitch mcconnell wants to have a conversation and he's sending cornyn, those are positive signs if you look at the inside
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baseball on that. the fact that joe manchin who has spearheaded efforts before unsuccessfully but he can be certainly an important hinge player here. i still think it's in the realm of something far more minimal in terms of what they can get agreement on. i think the larger point that i think liberals have to understand is that the reflex sieve push to do something to get rid of certain weapons has often been unsuccessful. i think a push toward gun safety, how do we -- how do we try like we do with cars to make something that is lethal potentially more safe, more restricted, whether -- you know, how can somebody get so much ammunition? how do we use technology to make guns safer and how do we address the mental health piece? i think this has the most potential at least as a foundation to draw in republican lawmakers, but democrats have to be careful. there's a lot of people who stand up after something like this and say, by god, why do we
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have so many weapons? we have to get rid of guns. there's just not a constituency for that. i know people don't understand it but we are awash in this country in guns. i have just seen this even after something like this that doesn't change, unfortunately it doesn't change. this is where there's this huge delta between public opinion what people would like to see their lawmakers do and the hold that interest groups like the nra have in washington. >> we will be talking a lot about that hold a little later in the show here. david, always great to have you on. thank you so much for being with us this morning. >> thank you. so next we're going to have more on another young life taken. leyla salazar, an 11-year-old fourth grader. her family tells cnn that she was their everything. plus, meghan markle makes a surprise visit to uvalde honoring the victims. she's getting graded on her green i investments with merrill. a-plus.
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this morning we are learning more details about the lives of the 19 children and two teachers who were killed here including 11-year-old layla salazar. leyla's family spoke with cnn's gary tuchman about her favorite things to do and the places that she loved. >> reporter: the girl wearing the gray shirt is 11-year-old fourth grader layla salazar about to win this race at last month's robb elementary school field day. her family was there. but today they mourn. her parents, two brothers and grandparents have lost their little girl. >> she loved to run. her favorite thing was, you know, tiktok, you know, doing little tiktok dances. >> she loved -- she loved -- >> she liked to dance. >> she was just a tomboy/girl.
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i mean, if anything she knew how to climb a tree, she would probably climb a tree and jump off of it. >> she loved the river. she loved to swim. >> your husband was telling me, you were telling me that she loved guns and roses song "sweet child of mine" which i love, too, but you played that for her. >> we played that every time in the morning when we took her to school we sang that song. >> what an appropriate song, because she was a sweet child. >> it hurts now. >> reporter: earlier this month on mother's day leyla took to tiktok. >> hey, guys. today is mother's day, okay, and if you haven't said happy mother's day to your mom, what are you doing? go say it right now. and i just wanted to wish all the moms out there happy mother's day even though you are not my mom and i also wanted to say i hope you -- i hope all the moms out there have an awesome and blessed day. >> this is my only princess. she's my everything. she's like -- we went together
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everywhere. she was like stuck on me like glue. she had her own bedroom. she always laid with me. she always -- we did everything together. everything. we had so much plans for her. >> she liked to go to the park, she liked to feed the ducks. >> feed the ducks a lot. >> she was so excited about her last few days of school. >> reporter: everyone in this family doubted on leyla, particularly her grandparents. >> she was our world. >> she was our world. >> no replacing that. even though we can't speak up, our hearts are shattered. >> reporter: there was a dense of disbelief among these family members that this was. how can leyla no longer be here? how can they cope with never seeing her again? >> the thing that's the hardest is i'm her father and i wasn't there. i wasn't there to protect her. >> reporter: for now this family leans on each other for support.
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>> and i hope you know that so many of us, not just us who are here with you right now in your yard, but around this country and around the world are thinking of you. does that give you strength? >> it helps. >> it helps. >> it helps to know that so many people care. >> yes. >> reporter: a makeshift memorial has been set up in downtown uvalde. uvalde is a small city, only about 16,000 people, surrounding county has 26,000 people, but so many people are coming here to pay their respects partly because lots of the people who are showing up are from other parts of texas and from out of state. 21 crosses for each of the victims with their names on top and with hearts on the crosses where people are writing things. this is the little girl we just did the story on, leyla salazar, flowers, stuffed animals an poignant messages like this one, i will always love you. rest in peace. my beautiful granddaughter. here from a classmate, you are so pretty. one of the visitors who came here a short time ago, unannounced, meghan markle, the wife of prince harry, she
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>> reporter: it's salty right now, brianna. the traffic is building here on interstate 395 along with the expense of this big holiday weekend. the national average of a gallon of regular just hit $4.60 a gone, but it is not just gas, it is food, hotels, airfare. this big weekend is only just the start. single day eric stevens says he makes $110,000 a year but even that is not enough to afford a trip to the lake. here in los angeles $6 a gallon gas has kept his plans in park. >> maybe for the affluent they can afford t but for me to go anywhere is minimum a $200 dec decision. >> reporter: weekend gas prices are the highest they have been since 2012 but the pain goes beyond the pump, new data says hotels have jumped 42% compared to last year, airfare is up 6%.
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>> this will likely be one of the most expensive memorial day travel periods we have ever seen. >> reporter: still aaa thinks americans will not be stopped. traveling to top destinations like orlando, seattle, miami and las vegas. the latest projection $34.9 million people will drive 50 miles or more over the five days of memorial days. >> do you think that the numbers will be that far off from the projection? >> our projections have been pretty accurate but we have never been trying to project in an environment like this. >> reporter: the new fear is this expensive start to summer travel could last, gas buddy thinks the average price of gas will not dip below $4.50 for months. >> i don't really think the higher price of fuel is going to slow down many. it may slow down some but certainly there's still a very healthy appetite to hit the road this summer. >> reporter: eric stevens says he's choose to go pay for his
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says if people just changed the way that they think about gun control then america can achieve change. andy scholes has more on this in our morning's "bleacher report." >> reporter: steve kerr gave that passionate press conference the day of the uvalde shooting demanding change from politicians. ahead of game five last night he said gun control needs to be thought of as a public health issue. >> for whatever reason it's a political issue, but it's really a public health issue. so as soon as we can just shift the dynamic to this being a public health issue, then -- then you get momentum. so what i'm asking people to do
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is to get involved in their local communities. i've got lots of friends who are democrats, i have lots of friends who are republicans and all i know is they all want gun violence to go away. >> kerr's warriors advancing to their sixth nba finals in the past eight years, first time to do that since the bulls in the '90s. klay thompson was great making eight threes. despite a late run by the mavs the warriors led this game wire to wire winning 120-110, steph curry named the finals mvp. the warriors will host game one of the nba finals on thursday. in baseball the yankees and rays social media teams joining forces last night, instead of tweeting about the game they presented facts about gun violence in america. they posted nine different statistics on their accounts simultaneously throughout the night. the rays saying at one point we all deserve to be safe. this cannot become normal.
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we cannot become numb. we cannot look the other way. we are all know if nothing changes, nothing changes. "new day" continues right now. welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world, i'm john berman in uvalde, texas. brianna keilar is in washington this morning. we do begin this hour with a cnn exclusive. a perspective we have not heard before. an 11-year-old survivor who saw the worst of the carnage and wanted to share her story to help other children. now, we've been talking to the family of 11-year-old mia cerrio who was wounded in the fourth grade classroom. she wants the world to know what she saw, what she lived through but she is so scared of men right now because of what happened that she only feels comfortable speaking with women. she also did not want to gon


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