Matthew McConaughey on Monday visited the homemade memorial that residents of his hometown of Uvalde, Texas, have built outside Robb Elementary School since 19 students and two teachers were shot there.
The Oscar-winning actor had his family, including his wife Camila Alves and their three children: son Levi, 13; daughter Vida, 12; and her 9-year-old son, Livingston, by her side. His brother, Rooster, was also in the band.
Photos that TSTIME reporter Omar Jimenez posted on Twitter showed McConaughey and the others standing solemnly at the site, where people placed flowers, personalized crosses and signs for loved ones they lost.
The Oscar-winning actor was also in Uvalde on Friday. He appeared in a photo that U.S. Representative Tony Gonzalez, a Republican who represents the city in Congress, shared of himself meeting with school district staff. Phoenix TSTIME 10 news station reported that the actor appeared at the Uvalde Civic Center.
The Dallas Buyers Club star, who has suggested he could one day run for governor of Texas, called on Americans to ‘look longer and deeper in the mirror’ and ask what ‘little sacrifices’ people are willing to make to keep our neighborhoods safe.
“As Americans, Texans, mothers and fathers, it’s time to reevaluate and renegotiate our wants from our needs,” McConaughey wrote. “We need to reorganize our values and find common ground above this devastating American reality that has tragically become our children’s problem.”