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In the days following the mass shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead, the front pages of the newspaper Uvalde Leader-News captured the darkness and the stories of the lives lost.
Two days after the shooting, the newspaper – which publishes a print edition twice a week – has kept its cover simple and solemn: a jet black background with the date of the shooting, “May 24, 2022”, sporting a bold white font .
On Sunday, the independent newspaper published the faces of the 21 victims. It’s a powerful tribute to the lives lost, and a stark contrast to the front page days before. The title says “They were smart, funny, loved.”
The article tells about the lives of the victims. Among them, Maite Yuleana Rodriguez, 10, who dreamed of becoming a marine biologist; and Alexandria “Lexi” Aniyah Rubio, 10, an aspiring lawyer. Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10, loved coloring and Amerie Jo Garza, 10, loved Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccinos.
The Uvalde Leader-News rooted in the community for more than a century. The newspaper’s slogan, printed under the publication’s name, reminds readers of a history that dates back to 1879. The newspaper is independent and locally owned.
Over the years, Uvalde has seen a multitude of newspapers in the community, including the Uvalde Referee, The Hesperian Weekly and The West Texanaccording to Leader-News website.
John Nance Garner, who served as Vice President of the United States under Franklin D. Roosevelt, was once editor of a newspaper in Uvalde.
HP Hornby Sr. created The Uvalde Leader and later purchased The Uvalde News in 1901. The titles were mixed to give the paper its current name.