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UVALDE — The loved ones of 21 people killed during Texas’ worst school shooting have spent weeks grieving their losses and begging officials for answers.

But even after state officials publicly released the most comprehensive look yet at the Robb Elementary shooting and law enforcement’s painful delay in confronting the gunman, many relatives of the victims expressed anger and continued frustration Sunday.

“Cowards!” Ruben Mata, whose 10-year-old great-granddaughter Alexandria Rubio died, yelled at the three members of a Texas House committee investigating the massacre during a press conference.

Hours earlier, the committee had released a report describing how the shooter prepared and armed himself, how the school district fell short on campus safety preparations and how law enforcement moved too slowly to kill the shooter.

Relatives of those killed and other residents said the report, a private meeting with House committee members and an afternoon press conference either told them things they’d already concluded or skirted answers they’re still seeking.

Some faulted state officials for not saying more about how they plan to prevent another mass shooting. Others said the committee tried to redirect blame from law enforcement to school officials by focusing on the fact that several Robb Elementary doors were unlocked when the shooter arrived. Some say they want officers who delayed the confrontation to be criminally charged.

“They should be charged for not going in and for letting that happen to our kids,” said Evadulia Orta, whose 10-year-old son Rojelio Torres who was killed in the shooting.

“They should be charged for not going in and for letting that happen to our kids,” said Evadulia Orta, whose 10-year-old son Rojelio Torres who was killed in the shooting.

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