Matthew McConaughey visits Uvalde’s hometown after the shooting to meet with families

Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey visited his hometown of Uvalde, Texas, following the mass shooting last Tuesday that killed 19 children and 2 adults, Rep. Tony Gonzales said.

McConaughey met with families and community members Friday at the Uvalde Civic Center. Gonzales, a Republican who represents Uvalde in Congress, tweeted photos of McConaughey meeting with members of the Uvalde community on Friday.

“This week was a solemn reminder that evil exists in the world, but we will never let it destroy us. We will come together to be an even more powerful reminder that love never fails and together we can make a difference,” she wrote. “We thank Uvalde native Matthew McConaughey for helping us heal.”

Later on Friday, Gonzales sent out another tweet, again thanking McConaughey for his visit.

“Thank you Matthew for helping to heal our community. Your visit brought so many smiling faces to Uvalde. See you soon my friend,” he wrote.

Immediately after the shooting, McConaughey shared a statement on social media, which did not directly mention gun safety, but said “we are not responsible for the rights that our freedoms give us.”

“This is an epidemic that we can control, and whichever side of the aisle we are on, we all know we can do better,” he continued. “Measures must be taken so that no parent has to experience what Uvalde’s parents and others before them have suffered.”

He said “we must do better” and offered his prayers to those affected by the Uvalde shooting.

“And for those who left their loved ones today without knowing it was goodbye, no words can understand or heal their loss, but if prayers can bring comfort, we will keep them coming back,” he wrote.

McConaughey was born in Uvalde, and his mother, Kay McCabe, taught at St. Philip’s Episcopal School, which is about a mile from Robb Elementary School, People reported.

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