'Nothing about this is normal': PM Trudeau, U.S. officials and celebrities respond to horrific Texas elementary school shooting

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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement on the horrific shooting that killed 19 children and three teachers at a Uvalde, Texas elementary school.

"My heart breaks for everyone affected by the horrific shooting in Texas today," the statement from Trudeau reads.

"I’m thinking of the parents, the families, the friends, the classmates, and the coworkers whose lives have been forever changed – Canadians are mourning with you, and are here for you."

Ontario Premier Doug Ford also released a statement on Tuesday evening.

"I’m horrified by the senseless shooting at Robb Elementary School in Texas," Ford's statement reads.

"Tonight, all of Ontario grieves for the young children and teacher who lost their lives and with the moms, dads and families whose lives are shattered forever."

The 18-year-old suspect is also dead and allegedly also killed his grandmother before the attack at the elementary school.

"When parents drop their kids off at school, they have every expectation to know that they're going to be able to pick their child up when that school day ends," Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said on Tuesday. "There are families who are in mourning right now."

"The state of Texas is in mourning with them for the reality that these parents are not going to be able to pick up their children."

Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat who represented Newtown in Congress, where the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred, made passionate remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday, advocating for stronger gun laws in the U.S.

"What are we doing? What are we doing?" Murphy said. "Nowhere else does that happen except in the United States of America, and it is a choice. It is our choice to let it continue."

Several people, including celebrities, also took to social media to respond to the tragic news from Texas.

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