Mayor of Uvalde unexpectedly steps down, citing confidential health concerns

Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez has announced his resignation amid growing pressure on city officials to address the failures in response to the 2022 massacre at Robb Elementary School. The teenage gunman killed 19 students and two teachers, leaving the community devastated. Cody Smith, the former mayor of Uvalde, Texas, has also resigned due to undisclosed health issues.

Smith was elected in November after the tragedy and had promised to help the city recover. However, he has now decided to focus on his health and stepped down as mayor effective immediately. Mayor Pro-Tem Everardo Zamora will be taking over his role until a new mayor is elected on November 5.

The resignation of Smith and Rodriguez comes amid growing calls for justice and accountability from parents of the victims like Brett Cross. They are seeking answers about what went wrong during the shooting and how it could have been prevented. The community is anxiously awaiting updates on the investigation and steps being taken to prevent such tragedies in the future.

In a statement released on Monday, Smith expressed his gratitude to the Uvalde community for their support during his ongoing medical issues. He mentioned that it was an honor to serve the city he loves but has made a difficult decision to step down as mayor.

Reports surrounding the shooting and the police department’s handling of the situation have raised concerns within the community, adding to tensions in Uvalde. The timing of Smith’s resignation, just before a City Council meeting, has sparked speculation about its relation to the Robb Elementary shooting report.

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By Samantha Johnson

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