A reporter trying to cover the Uvalde families laying their children to rest after the school shooting on May 24 was prevented from going near the cemetery by bikers who claim they were working with police.
On Thursday, June 2, Houston Chronicle health reporter Julian Gill attempted to cover the funeral proceedings in Uvalde when he was met with resistance from a group of bikers, according to a San Antonio Express News report.
Dozens of bikers from at least three clubs — Guardians of the Children, Thin Blue Line LEMC, and Marines MC — were assisting the police and firefighters
The blockade involved police officers and firefighters from Uvalde, Allen, Pearland, Conroe, and Lubbock. They made a perimeter around Rushing-Estes Knowles Mortuary, Sacred Heart Memorial Church, and the Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery and threatened to arrest reporters if they stepped near the cemetery grounds, the report says.
The bikers in attendance physically obstructed cameras within designated media areas, followed reporters and harassed them as they walked closer to the ceremonies, the report states.
Outside the funeral proceedings for Eliahna Torres, one of the 19 children that were killed in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, another unidentified biker club members said in the video, “We are out here to provide a little bit of comfort and support for the families, we just want to give the families a safe and peaceful space.”
In the video, Gill tells the group that he is just trying to do his job and cover Torres’ funeral. The unidentified biker and Gill bump into each other as Gill attempts to walk toward the cemetery. Another biker says, “I just saw him assault you.”
Gill tells the bikers he is not trying to disrupt the funeral or ask questions to the families, he just wants to watch the funeral take place.
A biker club member of the group named Guardians of the Children said the club is working with the police in the video. “They asked us to be here,” the woman says.