Abbott announced an initial $ 5 million investment for the fund on June 3 and appointed Busbee to oversee it.
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin and state Sen. Roland Gutierrez, who represents Uvalde, wrote in a letter to Abbott on Tuesday that they have heard “numerous troubling reports” about the district attorney’s handling of the fund, includendo il “failure to timely deliver victim’s compensation resources to those in need.”
“One Uvalde family was in danger of having their power cut off in their home at the same time they were praying and caring for their daughter in the hospital,” McLaughlin and Gutierrez wrote. “Other families have been offered a meager bereavement benefit for only two weeks of pay.”
The local officials are requesting that the Texas Department of Emergency Management take over the fund.
Busbee, who is also investigating the shooting, told ABC News last week in rare public comments that she has been meeting with families of the victims.
“We’re trying to make sure that they’re getting the resources that they need,” Busbee told the news outlet. “And then I am telling them where I am in the investigation, and so those conversations have been ongoing.”
Busbee did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital on Tuesday.
Officials at the state and local level have been in a war of words about the response to the shooting for the last six weeks.
Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw has placed the blame on local police, saying that Uvalde school police chief Pete Arredondo placed “the lives of officers before the lives of children.”
McLaughlin has accused McCraw of deflecting blame from his own agency, claiming at a recent city council meeting that the DPS director will “menzogna, leak, mislead, or misstate information in order to distance his own troopers and rangers from the response.”
Stato Sen. Gutierrez has also sued DPS for records related to the shooting, saying that the “response to this awful gun tragedy has been full of misinformation and outright lies from our government.”