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McALLEN — City officials here announced three local law enforcement agencies are sending peace officers to Uvalde to help carry the load following a mass shooting at an elementary school that killed 19 students and two teachers there. 

“The McAllen Police Department, San Juan Police Department and Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office have dispatched officers and deputies to assist law enforcement agencies in Uvalde with the elevated service demand associated with the mass casualty event there,” a news release from McAllen said Friday. 

McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos praised McAllen police for its commitment to serve. 

“The McAllen Police Department is always at the forefront of these efforts to assist neighboring communities in times of crisis and need,” Villalobos said in the release. “We are hopeful that their presence will help the city of Uvalde through the difficult days ahead and the healing period that will follow.”

McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez echoed his sentiments. 

“I am proud of the men and women of McAllen PD who will be there to help our sister community in need when as a state and as a nation, we try to make sense of this senseless tragedy,” Rodriguez said. 

Other Texas cities have also sent law enforcement personnel to support Uvalde.