Del Valle High School students march down SH 71

Del Valle High students protesting and walking along SH 71 in Del Valle on Feb. 15, 2017. (KXAN Photo)
Del Valle High students protesting and walking along SH 71 in Del Valle on Feb. 15, 2017. (KXAN Photo)

DEL VALLE, Texas (KXAN) — Close to a hundred students blocked traffic as they marched on State Highway 71 in Del Valle near State Highway 130, Wednesday afternoon.

Video shows the group of students walking westbound on the highway, with some students walking on the concrete barriers, as they made their way west from Del Valle High School on Ross Road.

A spokesperson for Del Valle ISD says 50-75 students walked off campus. School is normally out at 4 p.m. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office along with other law enforcement followed the students to assist with traffic.

As the students were marching, a deadly shooting occurred less than a mile down the road, just before 3 p.m. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office says a kidnapping suspect was coming from Bastrop when he encountered the traffic backup related to the march.

Instead of staying on the highway, authorities say he turned into a church parking lot and got out of his car with the victim. Deputies who were assisting with the rally noticed something unusual and when they went to check on it, they encountered the suspect who they say immediately shot and killed the victim before turning the gun on himself. For full details on the deadly shooting, click here.

While it was not immediately clear what the students were protesting or marching for, students at Lanier High School marched Monday afternoon in response to the Immigration and Custom Enforcement operation in Austin that saw 51 undocumented immigrants arrested. 

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