The families of the Uvalde school shooting victims — who include 19 slain children and two teachers — are asking for a $27 billion settlement from the school district, multiple law enforcement agencies and Uvalde city officials in exchange for not suing them, the Texas Tribune reports.

The multibillion-dollar claim points to systemic failures made by the school district to prevent gunman Salvador Ramos from entering Robb Elementary School and a botched police response that didn’t stop his May 24 rampage.

Jazmin Cazares, sister of Uvalde shooting victim Jackie Cazares, calls for justice during a "March for Our Lives" rally in Austin, Texas on June 11, 2022.
Jazmin Cazares, sister of Uvalde shooting victim Jackie Cazares, calls for justice during a “March for Our Lives” rally in Austin, Texas, on June 11, 2022.
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Reggie Daniels pays his respects a memorial at Robb Elementary School on June 9, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.
Families of the victims of the Uvalde school shooting are demanding a $27 billion settlement to avoid a federal lawsuit.
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The lawyers representing the nine victims’ families that are part of the claim hope to reach a settlement in the coming weeks. If they don’t, they said, they will file a federal lawsuit in September, attorney Charles Bonner told the Tribune.

The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District was served on Monday, said the Bonner and Bonner law firm, adding that it planned to serve the city of Uvalde on Tuesday.

The law firm is also seeking damages from Daniel Defense, the manufacturer of the AR-15 that the shooter used. A doctor who saw the victims of the shooting described children’s bodies that were “decapitated” and “pulverized” by assault rifle bullets.

A report by Texas lawmakers who investigated the shooting will be a key part of the claim. The report, which included video of the failed police response, found “systemic failures and egregious poor decision making” contributed to the gunman’s ability to get to the children.

In this photo from surveillance video provided by the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District via the Austin American-Statesman, authorities stage in a hallway as they respond to the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, May 24, 2022.
Family members of the slain Robb Elementary School students accused law enforcement of failing to protect their children.
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The law enforcement response was led by Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo. On Wednesday, the school district will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. local time where it could decide to fire him, which many victims’ families have called for.

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