• May 16, 2022
 Region set to pause, honor victims of August 3rd tragedy

Photo by Andres Acosta | El Paso Herald Post

Region set to pause, honor victims of August 3rd tragedy

As we approach the second anniversary of the August 3rd Walmart Massacre in El Paso, groups from around the region have scheduled events to honor the victims.

Below is a listing of the upcoming events, which will be updated as more information arrives.  Some of the events my require a RSVP, others may be private openings ahead of a public debut later on, so please take note.

El Paso County

Unveiling of El Paso County’s Healing Garden in Honor of 23 Lives Lost on August 3, 2019.  This event will be closed to the public, but will be streamed via this link.

Border Network for Human Rights

On Tuesday, August 3, the Border Network for Human Rights will lead a memorial service for the El Paso community in remembrance of the August 3, 2019 mass shooting by a white supremacist targeting immigrants and Latinos at a local Walmart, killing 23 individuals and injuring 23 more.

The memorial event, which will commemorate the victims’ lives and take a stand against white supremacy, racism and xenophobia, will open with a procession of crosses followed by an invocation led by Bishop Mark J. Seitz and Pastor Michael E. Grady, and include special remarks by Congresswoman Veronica Escobar as well as a release of balloons honoring victims, and more.

El Pasoans and members of the press are welcome to attend the event to in remembrance of the victims’ lives and stand up against hateful and white supremacist rhetoric.

The event will also be live-streamed on BNHR’s Facebook page.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 from 9 a.m. MT to 1 p.m. MT  WHERE: Ponder Park, 7500 W.H.Burges Drive

La Fe: “Healing Together – An Evening In Memory Of the 23 Lives Lost On 08/03/2019

Centro De Salud Familiar La Fe proudly invites all community members to join us from 5:30 to 8 p.m., this Monday, Aug. 2, 2021 at the La Fe Culture and Technology Center (721 S. Ochoa, Rear Building for “Healing Together – An Evening In Memory Of the 23 Lives Lost On 08/03/2019.”

The evening will include cultural arts presentations by the Matachines San Ignacio de Loyola, the Ballet Folklorico Totec de La Fe, and the Mariachi Real Azteca. Special guests include Poet/ Authors Benjamin Alire Sáenz and Gris Muñoz, and the Hon. El Paso County Judge Ricardo A. Samaniego.

This free event is proudly held in partnership with the El Paso County Month of Healing and Unity Project.
Space is limited. Early arrival is strongly recommended. For more information, please call the La Fe Administration Office at (915) 534-7979.

El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – “Light the Web” in honor of the victims of the August 3 shooting at Wal-Mart.

August 3rd marks a solemn anniversary in the minds and hearts of our community. As we continue to find ways to honor the memory of those we lost that tragic day, the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be lighting the web on August 3 as a tribute to those who were taken from us. We have designed a special luminaria gift that we have shared with our members to help light the web and social media on the second anniversary of this devastating and tragic event. We invite the community to share our luminaria on their own website and social media in honor of the 23 individuals who lost their lives that day.

In addition to our digital luminarias we have also printed over 500 traditional luminaria bags that have been mailed out to our members to display in front of their businesses to further pay tribute to the victims.

“That day has left a lasting mark on our community and we will never forget what we were doing and how we felt when we heard the news. While we may never forget those feelings of shock, fear, anger, and sadness, we must also never forget those who were lost that day, those who were the victims of this violent act of hate,” said EL Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO Cindy Ramos-Davidson. “The Hispanic Chamber will display the names of those lost on our digital billboard and on our social media accounts throughout the day. We will never forget them and we will continue to honor them by shining the light of hope and love in the face of hate and darkness.”

If you would like to “Light the Web” and be a part of the movement, please reach out to our offices at 915.566.4066 and we will help you locate the graphic and download it for your social media or website usage.

The El Paso Hispanic Chamber will continue to stand against hate and discrimination in all of its forms. We embrace the unique and diverse culture that has helped build El Paso into the resilient city that we experience every day. From every wound, there is a scar, and every scar tells a story. A story that says we will survive and we will endure.


Prep1, in partnership with the 915 Showcase, Top View Fitness & Be The Best, are hosting this event that brings together top football talents in the 915 in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the 2019 El Paso Wal-Mart shooting. Before their season commences, these athletes unite & come together as One Team – One Family.

Video of the 2019 El Paso Strong Event

WHAT: 2nd Annual PREP1 El Paso Strong Event

WHEN: Saturday, August 7, 2021, 7pm  DURATION: 1 Hour

WHERE: R.R. Jones Stadium – El Paso High 1600 N. Virginia St. El Paso, TX 79902

WHY:  In remembrance of the Victims of the 2019 El Paso shooting.

Creative Kids Gallery

Creative Kids Gallery is showcasing the work of the participants from the Resiliency Art Program that we created last year in response to the August 3rd tragedy.  The program works with those that were directly affected by the tragedy integrating the power of the arts.

“Creative Kids is grateful to have partnered with the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center where together over the course of this past year, we have been able to heal families that need it the most. By utilizing the power of the arts, we have been able to tap their inner creativity and show them a path for healing in a positive and constructive manner. You will see from their artwork that is
showcased in this exhibit, the depth and creativity these families have to offer and demonstrates the courage of the human spirit in the face of great adversity, and reminds us that art can connect us all.” said Andrea Gates-Ingle, co-founder of Creative Kids

A Retrospective of a Year of Healing:  Creative Kids oLo Gallery for the private art opening of the works of art from the families from the Resiliency Art Program.

Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021  |  Time: 10:00am-12:00pm MST
Place: Creative Kids – oLo Gallery 504 San Francisco Ave, Union Plaza.

Open to the public thereafter:  Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-4:00.

Jefferson football team to remember Aug. 3 victims – including alum – with tree planting ceremony

The Jefferson/Silva Football Team on Friday will remember the victims of the Aug. 3, 2019, attack on El Paso by planting 23 trees in an area south of the football field that previously was filled with brush.

Tony Martinez, the head football coach at the school, received donated funds from alumni groups to buy and plant 23 trees in the area. All but one of the trees are identical.

The one tree that is different is meant to honor the memory of Arturo Benavidez, a decorated U.S. Army veteran and proud
Jefferson alum.

The tree planting ceremony will start at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 30, at by the Jefferson/Silva football stadium, 4700 Alameda.

Teachers and students are expected to help in plant the trees.

 El Paso United Family Resiliency Center

As the two-year mark of August 3rd approaches, the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center (FRC), a program of United Way of El Paso aims to unite El Pasoans in honoring those lost and send love to those deeply impacted.

The El Paso Family Resiliency Center would like to encourage individuals across the borderland to attend the August 3rd Remembrance “Luminaria Drive-Thru” event, featuring local artists and musicians honoring the individuals and families impacted by the August 3rd, 2019, tragedy.

In addition, more than 175 volunteers will be present supporting the remembrance event.

These volunteers represent key corporate community partners, such as:

El Paso Water, El Paso Electric, El Paso Chihuahuas, Helen of Troy, Lauterbach Borshow, Mountain Star Sports Group, Security Service Federal Credit Union, Target, TFCU, Workforce Solutions BorderPlex, and many other organizations.

Luminaria Remembrance Drive-Thru

July 30 & 31 at 8:30PM – 10:30PM  |   Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta Dr, El Paso, TX 79905

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