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Facebook posts – No, these photos are not of the victims of the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting

Facebook posts – No, these photos are not of the victims of the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting

A photo published on Facebook incorrectly identifies the victims of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24. 

A Facebook user published an image with the photos of these students and teachers with a comment in Spanish saying: “These are the victims of the massacre today in Uvalde, Texas. God give strength to the families that are suffering this tragedy. Let’s pray for all of them.”

However, the photo does not show the victims of the shooting in Uvalde. The image is a collage of photos of the 26 victims of the shooting that occurred in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut.

This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

At least 19 students and two adults were killed in the Uvalde school. However, at the time the post was made the identities of all the victims were not yet known. 

The victims who have been identified are not the ones in the photos included in the collage on the Facebook post. 

Our ruling

A post published on Facebook says a collage of photos identifies the victims of the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. 

However, the photo is not of the Uvalde victims.

The post uses a photo of the 20 students and six adults that were killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newton, Connecticut in 2012.

We rate this post False. 

Source: PolitiFact.

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