Uvalde buries 10-year-old Amerie Jo Garza, the first of many funerals to come

She wanted to be an art teacher. Her favorite color was purple. She was laid to rest three weeks after her birthday.

Amerie Jo Garza was laid to rest Tuesday before the eyes of God

her broken family, a shattered town and a shamed nation.

It was three weeks to the day after her 10th birthday.

On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, her funeral Mass at this small town’s Catholic

church began a procession of grief that will stretch across two weeks as services are held for 18 of her classmates

and two of their teachers killed at Robb Elementary a week ago.

The mourning will include at least two joint funerals and services

for two sets of cousins because the slain children were often family as well as classmates.