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Kimberly and Felix Rubio Turned Down Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Invitation to Meet Up

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Following the tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, families were invited to meet with Texas Governor Greg Abbott, but parents Felix and Kimberly Rubio turned down the invitation, citing their daughter’s dislike for him as a key reason.

Felix and Kimberly Rubio, the parents of Alexandria “Lexi” Rubio, sat down for an interview with ABC News, where they revealed they had no interest in meeting Abbott. Kimberly Rubio explained by saying, “My Lexi doesn’t even like him.”

“It’s not what Lexi would have wanted,” she confirmed. Kimberly Rubio also revealed that their late daughter shared their sentiments on gun control.

“There’s no reason for just an average citizen to have these types of weapons,” Kimberly elaborated. “What for? What do you need them for? Is it worth my kid? These kids?”

Following the tragic school shooting, parents have been calling on legislators to ban AR-15 style weapons. However, Felix Rubio, an off-duty deputy sheriff, believes his department will go against him supporting gun restrictions.

The Rubios, whose two children go to Robb Elementary School, the venue where the tragedy fell, were at the grounds the morning of the shooting. They were attending two award ceremonies, one at 8 a.m. and the other at 10:30 am. Once they heard about the shooting, Felix Rubio said he rushed to the school while the gunman was still alive. He also said he saw the perpetrator get shot.

Salvador Ramos, the shooter, was in the classroom for 77 minutes before the officers entered the premises and killed him, according to authorities. Ramos discharged 315 rounds of ammunition in that time, shooting hundreds of the rounds within the first four minutes of his arrival.

Kimberly Rubio was asked about their response to Texas officials and who made the unwise decision not to breach the classroom sooner. Kimberly said she blames herself for not bringing Lexi home after the ceremony.

“I have enough ‘what ifs’ on my end, so I am not interested in reading about someone else’s mistakes, because I already have to live with my own,” said Kimberly. “It wasn’t done on purpose, but it’s still a mistake because I made it, otherwise she’d be home with me. I left my baby at the school.

Before her life was taken too soon, Lexi Rubio was known to have a passion for softball and dreamed of becoming a lawyer.

“She wanted to make a difference. And I want that for her now. She still can,” said Kimberly Rubio. “As far as, like, bringing my kids back to school next year, yes, we’re terrified. We’re terrified because we didn’t think it would happen here.”

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