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One Fund El Paso application deadline approaching; NCF staff to assist Nov. 1-2

National Compassion Fund staff will be in El Paso November 1-2 to assist with applications for financial assistance from One Fund El Paso in relation to the August 3 mass shooting.

National Compassion Fund staff will assist with applications from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 at the El Paso United Community Assistance Center (El Paso County’s Family Youth Services Center) at 6314 Delta.

Email onefundelpaso@nationalcompassionfund.org to request an appointment.

There are four types of applications — death benefits; individual physical injury for victims requiring overnight hospitalization or long-term care; individual physical injury of victims treated at area hospitals on an emergency outpatient basis; and individuals witnessing the attack and its aftermath.

Victims must have been present at the Cielo Vista Walmart, Sam’s Club or their respective parking lots during the attack.

One Fund El Paso is a single entity established by the City of El Paso, the El Paso Community Foundation and the Paso del Norte Community Foundation to streamline the process of distributing donated funds to victims of the August 3 mass shooting.

Those who have registered for assistance may apply at nationalcompassionfund.org. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Friday, November 8.

The following agencies are offering application assistance through November 8:

EL PASO

Applicants must call or email ahead to set up an appointment at any of these locations.

  • Centro San Vicente Health Center, 8061 Alameda, 915-858-2932

Ask to speak with Outreach and Enrollment Assisters

  • County of El Paso General Assistance, 6314 Delta, 915-775-2726

Contact: Maria Lopez, malopez@epcounty.com

  • El Paso Center for Children, 2200 N. Stevens, 915-565-8361

Contact: Jacqueline Flores, jflores@epccinc.org

  • El Paso Child Guidance Center, 2701 E. Yandell, 915-562-1999, ext. 3000

Contact: Betty Avila, bavila@epcgc.org

  • Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, 1500 Yandell 915-283-4706

Contact: Linda Corchado, lindacorchado@lasamericas.org

  • Project BRAVO, 2000 Texas, 915-562-4100

Email casemanagers@projectbravo.org

  • Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc., 1331 Texas, 915-585-5115

Contact: Gracie Martinez, gmartinez@trla.org

CIUDAD JUAREZ

No appointment necessary.

  • Technology Hub — Edificio GAGA,Ave. Lopez Mateos 924, Col. La Playa, 656-257-0136

Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, November 2.

UTEP’s Day of the Dead Altar to honor August 3rd Victims

The University of Texas at El Paso’s C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department will honor the 22 people who died as a result of the mass shooting in El Paso on August 3rd at its Day of the Dead altar.

“This affected so many people,” Claudia Rivers Head of Special Collections said. “We all are still in mourning.”

The department annually erects an altar to celebrate the life or lives of local to international celebrities with a background in the arts or literature who have died within the past year.

This year’s altar will include a collage of the photos of those who died, their names and newspaper clippings of the shooting and its aftermath. The display also will have some text about internet sites where people can get more information about this event.

The display, located on the third floor of the University Library near the stairs, is expected to go up Wednesday, October 30, and stay up for about two weeks.

As always, the altar will include traditional sugar skulls, candles, flowers and “papel picado” (tissue paper cut into decorative designs).

If the public would like to bring in items that relate to the Aug. 3 victims, they may contact Rivers at 915-747-5697 or crivers@utep.edu.

One Fund El Paso announces locations for application help

One Fund El Paso and the National Compassion Fund have joined with agencies in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez to provide help for those applying for direct financial assistance related to the August 3 mass shooting in El Paso.

Applications to One Fund El Paso may be completed online, or with the assistance of the following agencies. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. Friday, November 8, 2019.

There are four types of applications — death benefits; individual physical injury for victims requiring overnight hospitalization or long-term care; individual physical injury of victims treated at area hospitals on an emergency outpatient basis; and individuals witnessing the attack and its aftermath.

Victims must have been present at the Cielo Vista Walmart, Sam’s Club or their respective parking lots during the attack.

One Fund El Paso is a single entity established by the City of El Paso, the El Paso Community Foundation and the Paso del Norte Community Foundation to streamline the process of distributing donated funds to victims of the August 3 mass shooting.

EL PASO

Applicants must call or email ahead to set up an appointment at any of these locations.

  • Centro San Vicente Health Center, 8061 Alameda, 915-858-2932

Ask to speak with Outreach and Enrollment Assisters

  • County of El Paso General Assistance, 6314 Delta, 915-775-2726

Contact: Maria Lopez, malopez@epcounty.com

  • El Paso Center for Children, 2200 N. Stevens, 915-565-8361

Contact: Jacqueline Flores, jflores@epccinc.org

  • El Paso Child Guidance Center, 2701 E. Yandell, 915-562-1999, ext. 3000

Contact: Betty Avila, bavila@epcgc.org

  • Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, 1500 Yandell 915-283-4706

Contact: Linda Corchado, lindacorchado@lasamericas.org

  • Project BRAVO, 2000 Texas, 915-562-4100

Email casemanagers@projectbravo.org

  • Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc., 1331 Texas, 915-585-5115

Contact: Gracie Martinez, gmartinez@trla.org

CIUDAD JUAREZ

No appointment necessary.

  • Centro de Inclusion Digital, Melquiades Alanis 6431, Col. San Lorenzo, 656-257-0136

Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. October 19, October 26, and November 2.

 

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One Fund El Paso y el National Compassion Fund están colaborando con agencias de El Paso y Ciudad Juárez para ayudar a llenar la forma para asistencia financiera a los afectados por el tiroteo del 3 de Agosto en El Paso. La forma se puede llenar en linea en nationalcompassionfund.org, o pueden recibir asistencia para el llenado en las agencias aquí abajo enlistadas. Recuerde que la fecha límite para aplicar a los fondos es el 8 de Noviembre del 2019.

Existen 4 tipos de aplicación – para beneficiarios por fallecimiento, para herida física con hospitalización de mas de 24 horas o de cuidados de largo plazo, para herida física con atención ambulatoria en hospitales de la región y para individuos que presenciaron el ataque y/o la escena después del ataque. Las víctimas tuvieron que haber estado presentes en el Walmart o Sam’s Club de Cielo Vista o en sus respectivos estacionamientos durante el ataque. One Fund El Paso es una organización individual establecida por la Ciudad de El Paso, El Paso Community Foundation y Paso del Norte Community Foundation para agilizar el proceso de la distribución de los fondos donados para las víctimas del tiroteo del 3 de Agosto.

Senate Select Committee on Mass Violence Prevention Hearing set for El Paso

The Senate Select Committee on Mass Violence Prevention and Community Safety will hold a hearing in El Paso to hear invited and public testimony next week.

The hearing is set for Monday, October 21st at the El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center at UTEP, from 2 to 7 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to attend and testify, especially community members impacted by the El Paso shooting.

“This is an important opportunity for individuals to speak before state leadership on the personal, family, and community impacts of mass shootings in Texas and potential state policies that may prevent future acts of mass violence,” State Senator Jose Rodriguez shared via a news release.

The members of the Committee include Sen. José Rodríguez of El Paso, and Sens. Joan Huffman (Chair), Judith Zaffirini (Vice Chair), Donna Campbell, Kelly Hancock, Jane Nelson, Charles Perry, Larry Taylor, and John Whitmire.

Please contact Sen. Rodríguez’s office at 915-351-3500 for more information on how to testify, submit written testimony, or if you require translation services.

The full hearing notice may be viewed on the Committee’s webpage.

What: Senate Select Committee on Mass Violence Prevention & Community Safety

When: 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (MST), Monday, October 21, 2019

Where: The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center  |  2051 Wiggins Way

Information: Daniel Hernandez, 915-351-3500

Bishop Mark Seitz pens pastoral letter ‘Night will be no More’

Following the concluding Celebration of Mass of the Hope Border Institute’s 2019 Teach-In: Jornada por la justicia, Most Rev. Mark J. Seitz, Bishop of the Diocese of El Paso, signed and released a pastoral letter on the theme of racism and the El Paso shooting which took place on August 3rd, 2019.

“The pastoral letter, entitled, Night Will Be No More, represents a major statement from the Catholic community on the intersecting issues of race, gun violence, racially motivated attacks on Latinos in the United States and the ongoing militarization of the border,” Diocese of El Paso officials shared.

“It will be the first major statement from the Catholic Church on the theme of racism from the perspective of the border and connects the El Paso shooting to historical racism at the border and the recent resurgence of racism against Latinos in the United States,” officials added.

The signing of the pastoral letter will took place in the presence of hundreds of Latino leaders who were in El Paso for the Jornada por la justicia, including the Latinx Catholic Leadership Coalition, an emerging coalition of faith leaders, theologians and labor leaders recently formed in response to recent events at the border.

To read his complete letter on the Hope Border Institute website, click on the link below.

Night Will Be No More | Pastoral Letter to the People of God in El Paso

Pastoral Letter to the People of God in El Paso: On August 3rd, 2019, El Paso was the scene of a massacre or matanza that left 22 dead, injured dozens and traumatized a binational community. Hate visited our community and Latino blood was spilled in sacrifice to the false god of white supremacy.

Gov. Greg Abbott launches domestic terrorism task force in wake of El Paso massacre

Less than two weeks after a gunman walked into an El Paso Walmart and killed 22 shoppers, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has launched a Domestic Terrorism Task Force to protect against statewide acts of extremism, his office announced in a Wednesday release.

The task force — comprising federal, state and local officials, including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and El Paso police Chief Greg Allen — will analyze current and emerging state threats and form prevention and response strategies, the release says. Federal authorities have treated the El Paso shooting as an act of domestic terrorism after the discovery of a hate-filled manifesto, which they believe was authored by the gunman, warning of a “Hispanic invasion of Texas” amid other racist and xenophobic language.

“Our top priority is to keep Texans safe in their communities,” Abbott said in the release. “Part of that mission is to combat domestic terrorism and root out the extremist ideologies that fuel hatred and violence in our state. This task force brings together leaders with the expertise Texas needs to develop effective strategies and combat domestic terrorism.”

Members will provide recommendations on statewide security planning to Abbott’s office and aim to improve interagency cooperation in response to threats. The release did not mention any responsibilities related to revisiting Texas gun laws.

Abbott took similar action — which led to sweeping legislation — after 10 people were killed during a Santa Fe school shooting last year. The resulting school safety measure he signed into law instructed school districts to implement multihazard emergency operation plans, ensured district employees were trained to respond to emergencies and strengthened mental health initiatives available to children.

The task force in response to the El Paso shooting will convene for the first time Aug. 30 and meet on at least a quarterly basis afterward.

Author:   – The Texas Tribune

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UPDATES 8/4: Hospitals provide updates on victims: D.A. Esparza ‘We Will Seek the Death Penalty’

This story will serve as an update for the events, comments and other information that comes into our newsroom on Sunday.  To read yesterday’s statements and view the videos, click here.

During the Sunday morning news conference various city and law enforcement officials spoke to the press and the public, providing an update for the information gathered in the last 24 hours.

Mayor Dee Margo began the news conference by simply saying that  the “outpouring of support from around the nation and around the world was phenomenal.”  Adding that “El Paso is a resilient city, and the incident would not define us.

Chief Greg Allen stated that the facts from Saturday ‘had not really changed,’ and that the task of removing bodies from the scene was underway.  He added that the entire scene would then be handed back over for public access.

District Attorney Jaime Esparza said his department was working with all local law enforcement as well as the US Attorney’s Office as the investigation moves forward.

Esparza confirmed that the charge against the alleged gunman would be Capital Murder, and would make him eligible for the death penalty.

“We will seek the death penalty…the loss of life is so great, we certainly have not seen this in our community, we are a safe community, and certainly this community is rocked and shocked by this situation, but we will proceed…” Esparza added.

To view the entire news conference, click play above.

UPDATE 8/4 9:40 p.m.

Ysleta ISD, Vitalant to host blood drive in support of shooting victims

The Ysleta Independent School District and Vitalant will host a blood drive from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5 at the Ysleta ISD Central Office Atrium, located at 9600 Sims Drive.

The drive is in response to the call for blood donations from local hospitals that are treating victims of Saturday’s mass shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart. Any eligible donors who are 16-years-old or older are encouraged to bring a photo ID and donate blood during the drive.

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Free Meals To First Responders and Blood Donors

Evolution proudly announces its appreciation to the city of El Paso for coming together to help the victims and families of Saturdays senseless tragedy.

This Monday and Tuesday (Aug 5thand 6th) Evolution will be giving all first responders and all blood donors free meals from 10am thru 4pm. Located at 1420 Lee Trevino, El Paso, TX 79936 (inside the Burritos Crisostomo Food Court) Free meals include one (1) choice of menu items available that range from Brisket Tacos, Chicken Tacos, Burgers or a healthy meal prep.  ID/Badge or blood donor card must be shown, limit one meal.

“The El Paso community is resilient and together we will heal and overcome, no one can tear us apart or instill fear in us.  This is our city and we are Strong.” Says Mando Garcia owner of Evolution Foods.  “The free meals are our way to show our appreciation and to help do our part in this process, we are here for El Paso.”

Evolution is based in El Paso’s eastside and serves healthy meal preps with vegetarian and keto options. Meal preps are available for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The kitchen also serves lunch Monday-Friday which includes; Tacos, Burgers and more. Located at 1420 Lee Trevino, inside the Burritos Crisostomo Food Court.

UPDATE 8/4 9:05 p.m.

Statement from UTEP President Diana Natalicio Regarding Aug. 3 Events in El Paso

“All of us at UTEP share with our fellow El Pasoans the pain of recent horrific events in our community, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families whose lives have been most directly affected. The UTEP family stands together with you as we confront this incomprehensible tragedy and its aftermath. El Paso is a deeply caring and resilient community, and these qualities will enable us to become even stronger as we work together through this difficult period. On the UTEP campus, we will do all that we can to support our students, faculty and staff as they seek to cope with this tragic situation. Our students are encouraged to seek the assistance of the Counseling and Psychological Services staff on campus or call the Miners Talk Crisis Line, and support is available for our faculty and staff through the employee assistance program.”  ​

– UTEP President Diana Natalicio

UPDATE 8/4  7:05 p.m.

UMC, EPCH GIVE UPDATE ON PATIENTS FROM SHOOTING

University Medical Center of El Paso and El Paso Children’s Hospital today provided an update on the patients treated as a result of the mass casualty shooting at an El Paso Walmart on Aug. 3.

The total number of patients brought to UMC as a result of the shooting is now 15. Of those, two are children with non-life threatening injuries. These two children were discharged today. One adult patient is a transfer from another hospital, in need of surgery with injuries caused by the shooting.

Another patient has died, and two other patients have been discharged.

The remaining 10 patients range in condition from stable to critical.

Another update will be provided Aug. 5.

UPDATE 8/4  6:45 p.m.

Congresswoman Veronica Escobar Remarks During Press Conference with El Paso Elected Officials and Community and Faith Leaders in Response to Domestic Terrorism Investigation

We are taking a moment from the time we’ve been spending with families and the community of El Paso to make a statement about the decision announced earlier today by United States Attorney John Bash, who confirmed that the Department of Justice would be investigating the massacre in our community as domestic terrorism.

But before we do that, we must make some acknowledgements.

First, we again recognize the valor and quick response by local, state and federal law enforcement, our firefighters, ambulance services, as well as the incredible work of the doctors, nurses, techs, and all healthcare professionals in our community. Our first responders saved more lives than we even understand.

Second, we thank the heroes — the women and men who aren’t with law enforcement, but who are civilians who jumped in to save children, the elderly, and many others who benefitted from their courage in those terrifying moments. There’s no doubt that we will be hearing countless stories of heroism by every day El Pasoans in the days and weeks to come.

And finally, we thank the community. In El Paso, everyone is family. And when family needs you, we are there.

El Pasoans, from the moment we learned of the horrific events, we have opened up their hearts and wrapped their arms around those in pain and suffering.

Yesterday, today, tomorrow and the weeks and months to come will be no different.

We encourage those who can make donations to visit the El Paso Community Foundation or Paso del Norte Community Foundation webpages, where they have established victims relief funds. They are coordinating the financial support we’d all like to provide to families who have lost loved ones, and families whose loved ones are recovering.

El Paso is resilient and strong, and as long as there is someone in need, we will be there.  Nothing will or can change that.

But we would be remiss if we did not address the determination by the Department of Justice.

We are heartened that this has been recognized for what it is: a racially-motivated terrorist attack on our safe and tranquil community.

The shooter came into our community because we are a Hispanic community and because we have immigrants in our community. He came here to harm us.

The Department of Justice and local law enforcement have identified this as being motivated by hate.

And it is this hate that is at the root of much suffering in our country. There are deadly consequences to bigotry, racism and hate. There are deadly consequences to dehumanizing our fellow human beings.

Domestic terrorism is one of those deadly consequences, and we stand together in calling for our federal government to hear the alarm sounded by federal law enforcement about “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists.”

To Immediately instruct federal agencies and law enforcement to draft a national plan to deal with white supremacy and domestic terrorism as a national crisis.

And support legislation and funding that would deal with the national emergency that we face with both the gun violence epidemic as well as the hate epidemic plaguing our country.

El Paso is an incredible community — we have been safe for decades. Historically, El Paso has led the nation in its desegregation and integration efforts; and during moments of crisis, we’ve demonstrated to the country how we treat strangers and the most vulnerable in our midst.  We will continue to do this because we have chosen to face challenges with decency, strength and love.

We will continue to celebrate our diversity, and come together in unity, especially during times of strife. We will persevere.

And we have a request of our fellow Americans. If we are to honor all of fallen, the survivors, their families and their communities in El Paso, Ohio and across the country, we can only do that by treating one another — everyone — with dignity and kindness. El Pasoans are doing that – we have done that – and we ask everyone to join us

UPDATE 8/4 4:35 p.m.

MEDIA STATEMENT FROM DEL SOL MEDICAL CENTER

“Following the mass shooting on Saturday in El Paso, Texas, 11 victims were transported and treated at Del Sol Medical Center. As of August 4, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. MT, eight patients remain in this hospital, with three in critical condition and five in stable condition. Two patients have been discharged, and one patient has been transferred to another El Paso-area hospital.

“I am incredibly grateful to the physicians, nurses and staff here in El Paso who have worked tirelessly to care for the victims and their families this weekend.”

–David Shimp, chief executive officer of Del Sol Medical Center

UPDATE 8/4 10:45 a.m.

City officials hold press conference providing updates on yesterday’s deadly shooting (see video above)

UPDATE 8/4 10:35 a.m.

Sunday Vigil

In response to the horrific shooting and loss of life that unfolded today in the borderlands, the Interfaith Alliance of the Southwest will hold a faith vigil – Sunday August 4th.  The vigil will be held at Ponder Park, located at 7500 W H Burges Drive.

A prelude with music at 6:30 pm will be followed by inter-faith prayer, reflection and mourning at 7pm.

Parishes around the Diocese of El Paso will be holding prayer vigils in response to the horrific events of the last 24 hours. Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in the North East will have a holy hour with exposition from 3-4pm and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in the Lower Valley will hold a prayer vigil at the parish at 7pm.

UPDATE 8/4  8:15 a.m.

Bishop Mark J. Seitz, D.D. Statement on El Paso Mass Shooting August 3, 2019

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” ~Matthew 5: 4

After this tragic day in El Paso my heart is filled with sadness for the many victims and their families. Saturday began like any other. People were going about their daily activities. Some chose to stop by the local Walmart to pick up some things. And then hatred and evil insanity interjected their senseless aggression.

As a minister I am called to be present to those who suffered this attack and to their families. I need to do so with a sense of composure. But as I visited with victims and those they love my heart was breaking within me. Their questions are mine as well. Why the innocent children? Why the mothers with babes in their arms? Why should any human being ever be subjected to such violence?

Once again in our nation we see the face of evil. We see the effects of a mind possessed by hatred. We see the effects of the sinful and insipid conviction that some of us are better than others of us because of race, religion, language or nationality. “He waited for judgment, but see, bloodshed! For justice, but hark, the outcry!” (Isa. 5:7).

In the last several months, the borderlands have shown the world that generosity, compassion and human dignity are more powerful than the forces of division. The great sickness of our time is that we have forgotten how to be compassionate, generous and humane. Everything is competition. Everything is greed. Everything is cold. Tenderness and the love that knows no borders are crucified in a whirlwind of deadly self-seeking, fear and vindictiveness.

It was precisely to confront this diabolic evil that God sent his Son into the world. It was to enter into the midst of this and to experience its full force that the innocent one, Jesus, experienced his passion and cross. Just when it appeared that evil had won the day Christ rose victorious!

This is my hope for all who have suffered this violence today and for our community. The Christ who suffered is in our midst. He is our companion. We trust he will raise up the fallen, bring healing to the victims and console our broken community.

Our El Paso community will indeed rise above this terrible day. Our God is a loving God, greater than hatred, more powerful than evil. We trust that we will witness the fulfillment of his words, “See, I make all things new!” (Rev. 21:5) Today let us mourn the dead and pray for them.

Tomorrow let us recommit to love. And let us all brace ourselves for just action that will overcome the forces of division and build a more loving society.

Most Reverend Mark J. Seitz, DD Bishop of El Paso

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Letters to the Editor – 8/4

EL PASO LOSS

I got up  this morning to discover that while I had been sleeping El Paso had been thrown into darkness.  The type of darkness that on some days you will wonder if you will ever see a glimpse of the sun again.

But right now – I hope, somehow it may  lighten your load to know we are weeping with you.

One individual cannot bring down a City like El Paso.   From experience in I can tell you it  has the opposite effect.   And as each individual is ready there will be  A sunrise.

Take care of each other – “YOU ARE ONE”

JOANNE PARK, CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND

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J.W. King

Oh God! Why El Paso?  I grew up on your streets. I attended your school’s there. My life was painted in El Paso.

Every other town I have lived, I have thought back to El Paso.  I’ve never cried for El Paso, except tonight.

I can’t be there physically, but mentally people of El Paso God is with you.

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