The solemn succession of families took turns walking from the steps of the Texas Capitol to a lone microphone placed in the bright, Saturday sun. There, they shared sacred details of loved ones, who were among the 21 people gunned down in Texas’ deadliest school shooting May 24.
Thunderstorms hit the Dallas-Fort Worth area Sunday night into Monday and dropped massive amounts of rain in the span of 18 hours, inundating streets, flooding homes and forcing some drivers to abandon their vehicles in high water. A 60-year-old woman died in Dallas County when her vehicle was swept away.
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The following story, images and video clips contain disturbing material and explicit language. The footage does not include any images of the shooter or gunshot victims. The faces of teachers and students have been blurred out. In some instances, overlapping voices in the videos made exact transcriptions for captions impossible.