Friday morning, El Paso County Judge Ricardo A. Samaniego, along with members of the Commissioners Court, the District Attorney’s Office, and the El Paso Community Foundation held an intimate ceremony at the Healing Garden for families who lost a loved one on August 3, 2019.
“We were so honored to join the families this morning as they were each able to plant a tree in memory of their loved one and most importantly, be a part of the process as we work to construct the Healing Garden,” said County Judge Samaniego.
“I can only imagine the pain that they continue to endure, and we really just wanted to do something private and special for them.”
The eremony was held at the construction site of the Healing Garden located at Ascarate Park which will be unveiled on the 2nd anniversary of the tragedy that forever impacted the El Paso community.
The trees planted were Italian Cypress and will stand as a living tribute for all 23 victims.
Each tree was donated by the El Paso Community Foundation, who have been working closely with the County of El Paso in preparation of the unveiling of the Healing Garden.
Judge Samaniego also shared with the families, the County’s Month of Unity and Healing initiative which will include a series of events from July 3rd to August 3rd in order to light a path toward goodwill leading up to the unveiling of the County’s Healing Garden. Click here to view the resolution for a Month of Unity and Healing.
“The pain that was felt in El Paso echoed throughout the Nation as we all mourned the beautiful lives that were taken,” County Judge Samaniego added.
“Only in unity can we work towards bringing out the best in humanity and overcome the hatred in today’s society that led to this horrible act. It is my hope that the Healing Garden becomes the initial seed needed to spread unity and healing throughout the Nation.”