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After losing his wife in a mass shooting, he invited El Pasoans to her funeral. Hundreds showed up.

After a gunman took the life of Margie Reckard in a mass shooting at a Walmart store two weeks ago, her husband Antonio Basco didn’t have any other family in this town. So he invited all El Pasoans to celebrate “the love of his life” at her funeral Friday.

Their response overwhelmed him.

Hundreds of people began lining up outside La Paz Faith Memorial and Spiritual Center in Central El Paso at about 5 p.m. The line of supporters eventually spanned several blocks and grew to nearly 1,000. A group of motorcyclists that included several veterans stood at attention while holding American flags. Later, neighbors set up a buffet line for supporters who were still in line as the afternoon turned to evening.

Basco thanked the people there for the support. A thin, 61-year old man who walks with the help of a cane, he greeted hundreds of supporters inside the church, where mariachis serenaded parishioners before an hour-long prayer service delivered by Bishop Harrison Johnson. But the El Pasoans who lined up to offer their condolences said they also owed Basco for offering them a chance to come together and try to heal as a community.

Dean Eckard, Reckard’s son who came to El Paso from Omaha for the services, described her as a gentle soul who “had it tough” growing up.

“But when she met Tony though, she seemed really happy and in love,” he said. Eckard added that his mother was battling Parkinson’s disease when she died. “For Tony to stick by her through those years … I can’t thank you enough.”

Earlier this week Basco told CNN that he takes fresh flowers to a vigil at the Walmart everyday. In a video posted by the news outlet, Basco could be seen speaking to his wife at the site of a white cross that bears her name.

“There’s going to be a lot of people. I told you you were important,” he said before the funeral. “So what you been up to? What are you going to do up there? I wish you could tell me something.”

The attack on Aug. 3 killed 22 people and is being investigated as a hate crime. Authorities believe the gunman posted an online manifesto railing against the “invasion” of Texas by immigrants and Mexicans. Friday’s funeral was one of the final services for the victims of the massacre, which included eight Mexican citizens. The attack has thrust the issue of gun control back into the spotlight; Gov. Greg Abbott has announced the creation of a domestic terrorism task force.

State Rep. Joe Moody, an El Paso Democrat, said the display was a physical manifestation of the city still trying to make sense of the tragedy.

Antonio Basco was overwhelmed with the support of the El Paso community at his wife Margie Reckard’s funeral at La Paz Faith Center in El Paso, Texas Friday, August, 16, 2019. Without much family and friends in town, Basco invited the public to his wife’s funeral and El Paso showed up in droves. His wife was one of the 22 killed in the Walmart mass shooting on August 3, 2019. Mark Lambie /USA TODAY NETWORK

“This is a very real way for everyone to openly grieve and go through that process. When you lose someone in your personal life, this is a part of that process you go through,” he said. “I think our community lost something and this is our community grieving together.”

Politics wasn’t a major theme Friday night. But Salvador Perches, owner of Perches Funeral Homes who coordinated the service, announced he ordered 22 hearses to deliver the hundreds of floral arrangements donated for the funeral to the Walmart parking lot to honor the victims.

He also hopes to make a point.

“We’re going to make a statement to the world,” he said. “That something is wrong, and something needs to change.”

Disclosure: Walmart has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.

Author:  JULIÁN AGUILARThe Texas Tribune

More than 20 people were killed in an Aug. 3, 2019, shooting rampage at a Walmart in El Paso. The gunman was arrested and charged with capital murder for the shooting in El Paso, which is recoveringfrom what federal law enforcement has classified as an act of domestic terrorism.

MORE IN THIS SERIES 

Family Assistance Center set to close, transition to Resiliency Center

The Family Assistance Center (FAC), opened by the El Paso City-County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the American Red Cross, will be moving out of the Convention Center in Downtown El Paso at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13.

The resources and services provided by the FAC will still be available directly from the public, private and nonprofit organizations while the center transitions to the upcoming El Paso Resiliency Center.

A full list of services, contact information, and their locations will be available at EPStrong.org and by dialing 2-1-1 once the center closes on Tuesday.

The FAC will remain open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., today and tomorrow, August 13. Individuals affected by the August 3 event are still encouraged to visit the Family Assistance Center to receive any needed support or services.

Information regarding the coming Resiliency Center will be provided by the City of El Paso in the next several days.

Anyone needing immediate support may call the Crisis Hotline at (915) 779-1800.

UTEP Athletics Announces #ElPasoStrong Campaign,Will include all Fall sports

Following the tragedy in the Sun City on August 3, UTEP Athletic Department officials have announced the #ElPasoStrong campaign, to be spread over two months and encompassing home events for football, men’s basketball, soccer and volleyball.

“Anyone who has spent even the slightest bit of time in our great community has been touched by the warm, loving and welcoming nature of El Pasoans,” Director of Athletics Jim Senter said.

“The events of Aug. 3rd left us shaken, but it hasn’t deterred our spirit.  Our objective is to not only pay tribute to the victims of this senseless violence, but to celebrate all things that make El Paso so wonderful – including the efforts of the first responders and other heroes in the face of this unspeakable tragedy.”

The #ElPasoStrong campaign will kick off at the soccer team’s season opener versus Wyoming on August 22 at University Field (7 p.m.), and continue at the football season opener against Houston Baptist on August 31 in the Sun Bowl (6 p.m.), and the volleyball season opener versus Coppin State on September 6 at Memorial Gym (10 a.m.).

In addition, the Miner men’s basketball team will battle 2019 national runner-up Texas Tech in an exhibition game at the Don Haskins Center on October 12 (7 p.m.), with all proceeds being donated to a local non-profit supporting the victims of the August 3 tragedy.

The UTEP football team will wear #ElPasoStrong decals on their helmets throughout the duration of the 2019 season, beginning against Houston Baptist on August 31.

The HBU game will include recognition of the victims and heroes of the August 3 tragedy as well as a halftime celebration of “Everything El Paso” including performances by the UTEP band, cheer and spirit teams, as well as other special appearances.

The football game will be held in conjunction with a busy weekend of #ElPasoStrong events on the UTEP campus, with Minerpalooza slated for Friday, August 30 and a Khalid benefit concert scheduled for Sunday, September 1 in the Don Haskins Center.

The basketball exhibition will also feature a celebration of El Paso.  All tickets will be $10 with general admission (first come/first served) seating.

The exhibition game is not part of the 2019-20 season ticket package as all proceeds will benefit a local non-profit supporting the victims of the tragedy in El Paso.

Tickets are on sale now at the UTEP Ticket Center, located at 2901 North Mesa next to the Don Haskins Center and the UTEP Ticket Center East Side location, located at 1452 Zaragoza Suite A-1500.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234 as well as online.  Parking for the exhibition game will not be reserved and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

In addition, all UTEP student athletes will wear #ElPasoStrong warmup t-shirts prior to their 2019-20 home events.

Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine donates $100K for scholarships to El Paso Victims’ Education Fund

In wake of the devastating El Paso shooting that left 22 dead on August 3, the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) is giving $100,000 to support future scholarships for children who were affected by the massacre.

“We are deeply saddened about the tragic shooting in our sister city, El Paso,” says BCOM President, John Hummer. “With so many of our faculty, staff and students connected to El Paso — this truly hits close to home.”

Dozens of BCOM students, faculty and staff call El Paso home and regularly commute between Las Cruces, NM, and El Paso, TX.

“Our hearts are especially heavy for the children and teens who have lost a loved one,” Hummer says. “We hope this gift will help ease any future worries they have about their education; please know that the BCOM family is behind you and is here to help.”

The gift will go directly to the El Paso Community Foundation Victims’ Education Fund, which was established to provide tuition assistance and related expenses for university, college, trade or vocational school.

UMC, EPCH update on patients from August 3rd shooting

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

The following is an update regarding the 15 patients brought to University Medical Center of El Paso as a result of the mass casualty shooting. Currently, there are seven patients at UMC as a result of the shooting:

 2 children were transferred from University Medical Center to El Paso Children’s Hospital on Aug. 3 with non-life threatening injuries and discharged by El Paso Children’s Hospital Aug. 4

 5 adult patients have been discharged from University Medical Center

 1 adult patient was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at University Medical Center on Aug. 3

 2 adult patients remain in critical condition and are receiving treatment in University Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit

 5 adult patients are in stable but serious condition at University Medical Center

Another update will be provided as appropriate or when there is a significant change in status of these patients.

UPDATES 8/8: Paso del Norte Community Foundation benefit set for Sunday; City to hold community memorial service next Wednesday

This story will serve as an update for the events, comments and other information that comes into our newsroom on Thursday.

Update 8/8 – 5:00 p.m.

Paso del Norte Community Foundation benefit at El Paso County Coliseum to support shooting victims

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation, in partnership with the El Paso Sports Commission, will be sponsoring a special benefit fundraiser this weekend at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 East Paisano, organizers announced Thursday.

The Unidos El Paso Strong event will take over the Coliseum from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. All proceeds will go toward the foundation’s El Paso Victims Relief Fund in support of the victims and families of the tragic shooting that occurred in East El Paso on Aug. 3.

The fundraiser, thanks to generous donations and additional sponsorships from area businesses and entities, will feature live music and entertainment, including DJ Chuy, DJ Leeroy, folklórico dancers and Mariachi Frontera, as well as a variety of beverages and food trucks, vendors, a car show, a kid’s play area, and so much more.

A team of experts from El Paso Mental Health will offer free counseling for those in need.

There will be a $5 donation entry fee for adults at the gate, while ages 12 and under get in free.

Update 8/8 – 3:00 p.m.

Community Memorial Service – Tribute to Honor Victims, Offer Community a Place of Healing

The City of El Paso is hosting a Community Memorial Service to reflect and remember the victims of the mass shooting and to offer a place of healing and support for the community.

“El Paso is resilient and our region is going to come together to show that we will not be defined by this act of violence, but rather by our outpouring of love,” Mayor Dee Margo said. “This memorial gathering will allow our entire region to unite in support of those injured, and mourn those who have lost their lives.”

The memorial gathering is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. It will be held at Southwest University Park in downtown and will be simulcast live at three satellite locations – the Convention Center and Cleveland Square Park both in downtown, and at Ponder Park, at 7500 WH Burges Drive.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE SERVICE

  • Starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at four locations.
  • Doors open at 6 p.m. at Southwest University Park, located at Franklin Avenue and Santa Fe Street. The public should arrive no more than one hour prior to doors opening. The memorial program will be simulcast live at three satellite sites to provide enough space to accommodate all who wish to participate.
  • Live simulcast at: the Convention Center, located at Santa Fe Street and San Antonio Avenue; at Cleveland Square Park, located at Santa Fe Street and Franklin Avenue; and at Ponder Park, located at 7500 W.H. Burges Drive.
  • Event is open to the public, free of charge and tickets are not required.
  • Free parking will be provided at all metered parking spaces and at various parking garages located in Uptown and Downtown. The following parking garages and lots will offer free parking:  Glory Road Transit Terminal, the Convention Center, the Union Plaza Transit Terminal, Mills Building Garage, 122 Kansas Parking Garage, Wells Fargo Parking Garage, the Surface Lot at 401 Mesa (across from San Jacinto Plaza), and the Surface Lot at 415 Mesa (behind Stewart Title).
  • At Ponder Park, the public may park in nearby on-street parking spaces, and at Sun Metro’s Eastside Terminal Parking lot, at 1165 Sunmount Drive.

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El Paso Pro-Musica to Raise Funds for EP Shooting Victims Fund

El Paso Pro-Musica is dedicating 100 percent of the funds from the EPPM 100 Special Event, “An Evening with Zuill Bailey,” to the El Paso Shooting Victims Fund.

The Evening, will be hosted by the Herrera Group at 1011 North Mesa at 6:00 p.m. For more information go to eppm.org or call 915-747-8163.

El Paso Pro-Musica has been reaching out to the Community this week to provide soothing healing sounds of music. Students from the UTEP Studio of Zuill Bailey and the UTEP Center for Arts Entrepreneurship have been providing comfort through music this week at UMC and at the YISD Blood Drive.

 

El Paso Pro-Musica will continue in its mission to make music accessible to all throughout the community.

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Update from  DEL SOL MEDICAL CENTER

-Following Saturday’s mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, 11 victims were transported and treated at Del Sol Medical Center.

-As of August 8, 2019, at 2:15 p.m. MT, six patients remain in this hospital. Three patients are now in good condition, two patients are in stable condition and one remains in critical condition.

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915 United to hold benefit cruise Friday evening

Event is scheduled to star at 7:30 in the parking lot of FourWheel Parts (11751 Gateway West Blvd)  all information is below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Family Assistance Center Augments Services

The El Paso City-County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the American Red Cross has expanded the services being provided at the Family Assistance Center (FAC) to ensure the community is given comprehensive support to cope with the August 3 tragedy.

The Family Assistance Center is housed at the Convention Center in Downtown, near Santa Fe Street and San Antonio Avenue.

The center is opened from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. Resources and services will be provided by public and private organizations. Parking fees will be waived for individuals visiting the FAC.

Services available include:

  • Counseling/spiritual Care
  • Healthcare assistance
  • Travel assistance
  • Financial support
  • Legal support
  • Government Assistance Program
  • Temporary ID’s and driver’s licenses
  • Documentation for Mexican Nationals
  • Belongings recovery
  • Onsite childcare
  • Translation services
  • Social Security card replacement
  • Vital statistics

Anyone needing immediate support may call the Crisis Hotline at (915) 779-1800

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Red Lobster Hosts Dine Out Event to Support El Paso Community

Red Lobster is hosting a dine out to donate event in El Paso, TX following the awful tragedy that took place this past weekend. Red Lobster is committed to helping the local community. To show support for everyone affected, Red Lobster will donate 10% of its sales on Saturday, August 10th and Sunday, August 11th to the El Paso Community Fund.

WHEN: Saturday, August 10th & Sunday, August 11th, 2019

WHERE: Three Red Lobster restaurants located in El Paso, TX, including:

  • 800 Sunland Park Drive, El Paso, TX 79912
  • 8401 Gateway Blvd West, El Paso, TX 79925
  • 1860 Joe Battle Blvd, El Paso, TX 79936

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Representative Svarzbein Offers Statement About 8/3/2019 Shooting Event

I am heartbroken by the events that took place in our City of El Paso. I am thankful to the first responders that activated to secure the situation, and who work every day to keep our beautiful community safe.

The resilience of our community is much greater than the hate that struck on Aug. 3rd 2019. Together we will heal and stand behind those affected by this tragedy. We will show our greatness through our love.

What El Paso and Juarez, being the great bi-national community that it is, can do more than any other place in the world is show how to live together. This is our destiny, our birthright and opportunity not just today, but every day moving forward, generation after generation. This is something few understand unless you were fortunate enough to live here.

This city is the biggest, boldest and most humble representation of the American Dream.

Below, are resources you may use to give back and assist those in need.

To Donate:
El Paso Community Foundation Victims Fund

Blood Donations:
El Paso, Texas – East Side Center
1338 N Zaragosa Rd
El Paso, TX 79936
(915) 849-7389

El Paso, Texas – West Side Center
424 S. Mesa Hills Drive
El Paso, Texas 79912
(915) 544-5422

Stay Safe, and be sure to hug those you love when you see them.

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Mister Car Wash to Raise Funds for Paso del Norte Community Foundation August 10-11

Mister Car Wash El Paso Locations to Donate a Dollar for Every Car Wash and Oil Change This Weekend

EL PASO, TX – To raise funds in support of victims and their families affected by last weekend’s tragedy in West Texas, Mister Car Wash has announced that it will donate a dollar from every car wash and oil change its stores complete in El Paso this weekend.

All 10 Mister Car Wash locations as well as seven oil change locations in El Paso are participating in this fundraising endeavor.

How to participate: Simply visit any of the El Paso Mister Car Wash or Oil Change Express locations during normal business hours for a wash or oil change on Saturday, August 10 or Sunday, August 11 and Mister Car Wash will do the rest.

For hours and locations, visit their website.

Every dollar donated by Mister Car Wash this weekend as a result of this endeavor will flow through the Paso del Norte Community Foundation. Please note that Mister Car Wash is unable to accept cash donations.

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Update 8/8 9a

EPStrong Counseling Co-Op Established to Assist Border Community

In the coming weeks and months, residents in our borderland area   may face many emotional challenges when dealing with the recent tragedy that has affected so many people in our community.

Emergence Health Network (EHN) together with Atlantis Health Services and the El Paso Psychiatric Center have established the EPStrong Counseling Co-Op.

“El Paso is strong, but we are stronger together. For families or individuals who need a safe space or would like to speak to a behavioral health professional, our co-ops offer those opportunities.,” said Kristi Daugherty, Emergence Health Network CEO. “When a traumatic event occurs, the impact can be immediate or delayed. These counseling drop-in locations makes getting that help much easier.”

Mental health professionals will be available at five different “drop-In” locations throughout the city.

No appointments are necessary.  Counseling provided free of charge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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El Paso Delegation Statement on Meeting with State Leaders

State Sen. José Rodríguez released the following statement on behalf of the El Paso delegation:

We had a productive initial meeting. The state is providing $5.6 million in immediate state agency assistance, and  Gov. Abbott is working to find additional resources to support our community, including services for first responders and victims.

State leaders pledged to work with the El Paso delegation to address gun violence driven by white nationalism. We all agreed that gun violence and white nationalism are pressing issues. Gov. Abbott, in his remarks, was frank about calling the shooter a white supremacist and his actions domestic terrorism. All leaders, from local to state to federal, must reject the ideology of white supremacy. 

The Governor’s office will announce further actions soon, including round table discussions on policy solutions. We are #ElPasoStrong, and as our community heals, we will work to find solutions so this does not happen anywhere else. 

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Cowboys Make Donation To El Paso Victims’ Fund

FRISCO, Texas – In the wake of the recent tragedy in El Paso, Texas, the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation and the Dallas Cowboys have committed $50,000 to the El Paso Community Foundation Victims’ Fund, established to assist those families affected by the August 3 shooting.

The El Paso Community Foundation is working with the County of El Paso and the City of El Paso to help those impacted by Saturday’s incident.

The El Paso Community Foundation has waived all administrative and credit card fees associated with donating to the families. The City of El Paso encourages anyone wishing to make contributions to the victims click here.

The NFL Foundation, of which Cowboys Executive Charlotte Jones Anderson is the Chair, will also be announcing a donation of $50,000 to the El Paso effort later today.

“Our hearts and support are with the entire El Paso community and especially with the families of the victims of this very tragic event,” said Anderson. “Our organization has long enjoyed a wonderful following from the people of El Paso, and our wish is that so many others in Texas and around the country will be inspired to assist the loved ones who are grieving.”

The Dallas Cowboys have very close ties to the City of El Paso as a very large percentage of the area’s football fans have been strong supporters of the Dallas Cowboys for decades. The Cowboys annually activate community outreach programs in the El Paso area – including youth and high school football camps and public education grant opportunities.

Additional outreach opportunities will be promoted as scheduled for local North Texas residents wishing to support the El Paso Community Foundation and the Victims’ Fund.

The El Paso Community Foundation was established in 1977 to foster philanthropy and provide a long-term endowment to address the unique opportunities and challenges of the El Paso, southern New Mexico and Ciudad Juárez region. Today, the El Paso Community Foundation provides a wide-range of philanthropic services in the region as a grant maker, convener and leadership organization to the community.

In the area of community service, the mission of the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation is built upon an overall philosophy of helping those who do not have the strength, the resources or the means to help themselves.

story via DallasCowboys.com

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COMMENTS / EMAILS from around the world supporting El Paso.

Via email from The Wolf

Out of a desire for malice, out of ignorance, whites are racist through their own education.   Even the nicest white friends say the most horrendous, insensitive & racist things. It’s no longer a surprise, just surprising it didn’t come out sooner. Whites lack empathy, they lack understanding, they lack a broader sense of human connection, they lack a sense of respect. Here is the caveat; It’s not all whites, but a large majority.  I haven’t met many that aren’t. Perhaps it’s how they are wired, their DNA must not permit change, or tolerance.  Whites can be cool with Hispanics but call blacks the N word. It’s a WTF? kind of head scratcher.  Maybe they’re stupid.  What whites really are is trained white.  Whites are taught this agenda by their families, by great grandpappy’s, grandpa’s and fathers.  It’s a generational thing with them.  Whites do NOT recognize the chains that bind them and thus, cannot break free. People worldwide are breaking generational curses, and traditions for their betterment.  Whites though, are sitting mouth agape and clueless. They talk about making America Great Again….. but which era do they mean?  The 1800’s?, the 1940’S, 50’S 70’S?  Which one?  The era where they owned black slaves? The era where it was ok to bathe Mexicans at the border in El Paso, the era where they could insult and mistreat women? The golden years of mistreating, killing people because they were not white? What era do these imbeciles mean when they say that malarkey? What MAGA really means to whites is let’s not evolve, let us not face the future, let us not embrace change. Whites seem perfectly content with it all.  Those are unintelligent wishes by white America. I agree with MAGA but in a very different way never before seen in America.  Now, the real MAGA, is a nation were America is not a white America but a peaceful America. Where laws apply equally to all, and not favor whites or anybody, be they rich, powerful, beautiful etc.  A place where we are concerned more about humans than about skin color or nationality. Where Americans truly are a land of immigrants that all positively contribute to a nation’s greatness.  The world is done with “speak English” you’re in America nonsense. Americans traveling abroad are incapable of at attempting to speak the native tongue themselves.  One language is not better than two is it?  Citizens of most other countries speak 2 or more languages, yet the white citizens of the “greatest country in the world” remain in the darkness of their monolingual world, mocking and disparaging multilingualism worldwide.  How foolish. That is akin to shouting I HAVE ONLY ONE TESTICLE! at a beautiful woman. That was an awful analogy but the take away is there for those that understand. Whites train to be white.  Whites prefer to exist in a kind of white from long ago, that now has no place in this America. Whites are tying to fit a square peg into a round hole. They just can’t seem to embrace change, and their difficulty in adjusting to change has caused them to say untrue and imagined things about non whites  which have inspired acts of violence. Imagine that, whites inciting whites to murder Mexicans because a politician said Hispanics were murderers and rapists. Although Trump’s words were untrue, his words created a murderer.  The El Paso shooter, shot zero murderers, zero illegal aliens, zero criminals, zero drug dealers, zero human traffickers and zero rapists. He shot people.  He shot American citizens.  He shot a U.S. Army veteran. He shot people that, had they ever seen him struggling, would have offered to help him.  But he was taught, by his family or other whites (Mexicans would not have taught him this, duh) to be violent, taught to hate, taught to destroy. At age 21, this kid had learned all there was to learn about life, about other wonderful cultures, he had learned all about being American. He was done and in his profound wisdom drove hundreds of miles for hours to a peaceful community, just to kill. Not all white people think this way, just don’t be surprised when white people say racist things. They are being taught these things. Maybe it’s xenophobia, maybe it’s what being white is about. Maybe we are all God’s kids. MAGA, Mexicans Are God’s Also. El Paso is love.  El Paso is going to shoot back. Not bullets, but love and light. Whites don’t have enough bullets to stop El Paso Love.

All the best,

The Wolf

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Via email from Jürgen G. – Becheln, Germany

Dear Sirs and Madames,

I follow the news again and again when it comes to a rampage anywhere in the world. I also know that there will never be 100% security here. Maybe my suggestion can help reduce the number of victims in the future. I will not send this mail to Donald Trump. Although I am sure that my proposal will meet with great resistance, but it is worth a try when it comes to the protection of human lives.

Gun laws: How many more innocents do you want to bury? Most Americans want to be able to defend themselves, and that does not have to change. But a handgun is sufficient protection. Assault weapons and pump-action firearms should be banned in private homes. I am aware that many Americans love their guns, and there is no need to go changing that. There must be a great many firing ranges where people could safely store military-grade weapons in a single location, allowing them to pursue their interests whenever they want (separation of weapons and ammunition)

Ammunition for military-grade weapons should only be available at firing ranges. The firing ranges would be staffed by security personnel who would be responsible for making sure the weapons and ammunition are kept under lock and key. Security guards would keep the weapons and ammunitions safe during times when the firing ranges are closed. The manager of the firing range would keep the access code and the necessary keys safe 24/7. People would need to present a police certificate (clean criminal background check) to buy weapons. Personal weapons would need to be stored safely out of the reach of children and adolescents. Owning illegal weapons is a criminal offense.

Yours Sincerely

Jürgen G.

Becheln, Germany

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Via email from Randy C.

I SUPPORT your Right to Bear Arms – But with LIMITS!

First of all, it is important to understand that I consider myself a pretty staunch fiscal conservative that generally leans Republican.  I am also a believer in upholding the Constitution, but that means ALL of it, not just the parts that are convenient for me.  Specifically I support the 2nd Amendment, but not at the expense of children’s lives or ignoring the rest of the constitution, or the safety of our citizens.

Our founding father started with a Preamble that states “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

They then added Amendments to list our specific rights, including:

Amendment 2 – Right to Bear Arms. Ratified 12/15/1791:  A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

But, they also added:

Amendment 9 – Construction of Constitution. Ratified 12/15/1791:  The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

So, it seems pretty obvious that they intended to protect the right to bear arms, but based on Amendment 9, only if it does not to deny or disparage other rights provided in the constitution.  When the ownership of guns includes things like machine guns, assault rifles, and other weapons with high capacity magazines that can be used to kill dozens in a matter of seconds, I think it has just denied others their “domestic tranquility”, “general welfare:, and the “Blessings of Liberty”!

And for all those members of the NRA, as well as the politicians indebted to them, I have a simple message.   This is not about eliminating the 2nd Amendment. It is about deciding what arms and weapons are acceptable in the world we live in today.  It is not about taking away the right to own pistols, rifles, or shotguns.  It doesn’t even need to be about automatic or semi-automatic weapons.  We are talking about guns with high capacity magazines that can rip through the flesh of 25 people in a matter of seconds.  Many oppose changes to gun control to protect their right to have hunting and sporting rifles.  Does any self-respecting hunter need a gun that can fire 30 shots in 15 seconds without reloading?  If so, it is no longer hunting or sport!!   If it takes 30 rounds to down your prey, you need to take up fishing.  You may lean on the excuse that “We need those weapons to protect our freedom, but I have a news flash for you:  If our freedom is threatened, even these machine guns will not help.  The enemy is not going to appear marching over the hill or through the woods to try to capture your house!  If we are going to make the 2nd Amendment sacred, let’s not limit ownership just to machine guns!  Perhaps you need to add a couple of rocket launchers with a nuclear warhead to your gun cabinet!

Finally, I hear people use the argument that “banning assault guns will not prevent all these mass killings”.  To that, I agree.  So does that mean we just ignore the problem?  But if we ban them, maybe it will prevent SOME of them.  For me, or to any of the hundreds of family members who have buried loved ones, I bet they wished their loss would have been among some of them that were prevented.

I have said my peace, and without a doubt alienated friends, but this is an important issue, one of life and death.  If you are an adamant 2nd Amendment person, you will “shoot holes” in everything I have said, and that is your choice.  But I challenge you to do something.  If you are convinced that your right to own machine guns and assault rifles is so important, clip out the letter below, just fill in your loved ones name, identify your relationship to that person, and sign your name.  Read it to them, and ask them to keep it in a safe place so they can cherish it forever!  If you really believe in your 2nd amendment rights, stand up and have the guts to give this letter to your loved ones!

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Via eMail from pfabiani184

My heart goes out to the victims, family of the victims and the city of El Paso for the recent deplorable attacks on your citizens. Your healing will be a long and difficult journey. If there is a website where I can send any financial assistance to those that were victimized please let me know so that I may help in the healing process. I am disappointed that many politicians took advantage of this tragedy to promote hate and promote their political objectives for office, especially those that sought out financial donations for their cause, while the people of El Paso sought only to heal. This was not the time or place to promote and ask for donations to their party. Don’t we have enough hate. To the politicians that are taking advantage of this tragedy to promote themselves, please back off and leave the political rhetoric at home.

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Via email from Ofelia G.

Why have we not heard about the shooters family life.

Why have we not heard about the parents and life style.

I want to know his upbringing.

Does this ideology spill over to parents way of thinking?

I don’t think he acted on just what websites say but deeper roots to racism at home!

We are raising children to do what they want and give them so much that parents become afraid of them when they grow up.

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Via email from S myres

We used to live in El Paso and it was a good place to live….

However, there was not a BETO mouthing off all his hate, ignorance,  lies. It is HIS RHETORIC that creates hate, division, slander, and pure EVIL to any city or country.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH…Trump is not a RACIST,  he is NOT a FACSISIT or SOCIALIST or COMMUNIST…

These DEMOCRATS have got to SHUT THEIR ARROGANT NARCISSISTIC DESPICABLE DIAHARREA mouth

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Via email from Gordon S.

I was astounded to read about yet another mass shooting in the US ,when are they going to liten to australia and NZ ,NZ prime minister solved the problem within one fornight of a shooting ,ban all military automatic weapons ,when your constitution was framed the founding fathers had no concept of weapons available today outlaw guns and then only outlaws will have them

As an ausralian I feel deeply embarrassed for all americans

I live in Perth western Australia and have never been intrested in american politics but it is now starting to impact on my superannuation and may get australia involved in world politics not of our making

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Via email from Susan B.

The man who fills the role of your President does not deserve respect – I would turn my back on him and I would also shout him down with ‘Do something!” My father fought in the Second World War – the rise of Neo Nazis does such dis-service to those men and women who gave their lives and their life to fight against this evil!

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Via email from Rajend N. in Sidney, Australia

Trump contends it’s not guns but mental illness that is responsible for gun violence in America. In his letter in the Sydney Morning Herald ( 9 August ) Jeremy Smith wonders ” if Trump has stopped to consider why there is a disproportionately large number of Americans who suffer from mental illness “.

If it was not for that large number of mentally affected Americans Trump would not be elected President . A sane society would never elect such a misfit as president .

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Via email from MICHAEL M.

  1. HOPE THE PEOPLE OF El Paso FILE A CLASS ACTION SUIT AGAINST Donald Trump FOR INCIING VIOLENCE IN THE CITY OF El Paso

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Via email from Susanna L.

In the last week we have witnessed additional horrific events with the usual response from the Trump administration and congress, silence except for the rote rhetoric we’ve heard so many times.    Since domestic terrorism has become an integral part of the American fabric and those who have the power to change it, i.e., McConnell and Trump, seemingly don’t care, I say the dark side has taken over, and the dark side emanates from the president and is passed to his hateful base.  The base, as we know, is predominantly white and racist and as I’ve come to accept, uneducated.   The reason I say uneducated is that they don’t seem to realize that they themselves are immigrants, yes generally of a different color, but they too “invaded” to use Trump’s favorite term and stole land from the Native Americans and then proceeded, to name a few examples, to enslave Africans, use Chinese to build infrastructure, put Japanese citizens in internment camps, and now demonize the “brown” people from Central America who take enormous risks in getting here to escape rape, murder and poverty.   Without the energy and contributions of our brown brothers and sisters, this country would come to a standstill!  We must finally admit that our country is racist and always has been.  I am struggling with the reasons for this and have come to the conclusion that humanity is greatly flawed, the dark side is real and those who seek it are currently running our country.

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Via email from Samar A.

In an attack of outright cowardice and terrorism, an attacker opened fire in a popular downtown area in Dayton, killing 9 and injuring 26 others.  This also comes on the heels of a tragic shooting that occurred in El Paso, Texas almost 12 hours earlier.

As an Ahmadi Muslim, I condemn this senseless and vile attack.  Terror, in any form, is unacceptable and against the fabric of any moral system.  I would also like to offer my heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families, who were only trying to enjoy a relaxing, fun night.  My earnest prayers are with them at this time.

Islam places tremendous importance on the sanctity of human life.  In the Holy Quran it states, “Whosoever killed a person..it shall be as if killed all of mankind” (5:33).

It is my hope and prayer that we can all unite in this tragic period in our history, where mass shootings have become not a blip but a deadly trend.  It is also imperative that we do not tolerate any form of violence or abuse as it eliminates any hope of a peaceful and prosperous future.

Sincerely,

Samar A.

Member, Muslim Writers Guild of America

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Via email from J.W. King – North Carolina

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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Via email from JOANNE P. – CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND.

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”

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None of the eight patients being treated at the hospital Trump visited in El Paso wanted to meet with him

On a day when President Trump vowed to tone down his rhetoric and help the country heal following two mass slayings, he did the opposite — lacing his visits Wednesday to El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, with a flurry of attacks on local leaders and memorializing his trips with grinning thumbs-up photos.

A traditional role for presidents has been to offer comfort and solace to all Americans at times of national tragedy, but the day provided a fresh testament to Trump’s limitations in striking notes of unity and empathy.

When Trump swooped into the grieving border city of El Paso to offer condolences following the massacre of Latinos allegedly by a white supremacist, some of the city’s elected leaders and thousands of its citizens declared the president unwelcome.

In his only public remarks during the trip, Trump lashed out at Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, both Democrats, over their characterization of his visit with hospital patients in Dayton.

“We had an amazing day,” Trump said in El Paso as he concluded his visit. “As you know, we left Ohio. The love, the respect for the office of the presidency.”

Trump also praised El Paso police officers and other first responders and shook their hands, telling one female officer, “I saw you on television the other day and you were fantastic.”

None of the eight patients still being treated at University Medical Center in El Paso agreed to meet with Trump when he visited the hospital, UMC spokesman Ryan Mielke said. Two victims who already had been discharged returned to the hospital with family members to meet with the president.

“This is a very sensitive time in their lives,” Mielke said. “Some of them said they didn’t want to meet with the president. Some of them didn’t want any visitors.”

Before Trump’s visit Wednesday, however, some of the hospitalized victims accepted visits from a number of city and county elected officials, as well as Reps. Veronica Escobar, D-El Paso and Jesús “Chuy” García, D-Illinois.

This has thrust Trump into the center of a roiling political and societal debate, with some Democratic leaders saying the president has emboldened white supremacy and is a threat to the nation.

Former vice president Joe Biden, who is running to unseat Trump in 2020, said in a speech Wednesday, “We have a president with a toxic tongue who has publicly and unapologetically embraced a political strategy of hate, racism and division.”

Both in Dayton and El Paso, Trump kept almost entirely out of public view, a marked break with tradition, as presidents visiting grieving communities typically offer public condolences.

Trump avoided the Oregon district where the shooting in Dayton took place, and just a short drive from Miami Valley Hospital, which he did visit. Whaley said he would not have been welcome in the Oregon District, where scores of demonstrators congregated, holding ­anti-Trump signs and chanting “Do something!” in a call for stricter gun laws.

Brown and Whaley described the visit by the president and first lady in favorable terms.

“They were hurting. He was comforting. He did the right things. Melania did the right things,” Brown told reporters. “And it’s his job in part to comfort people. I’m glad he did it in those hospital rooms.”

Whaley added: “I think the victims and the first responders were grateful that the president of the United States came to Dayton.”

Both Brown and Whaley, however, were also sharply critical of Trump’s divisive rhetoric and Republican resistance to gun-control legislation.

Whaley later responded to Trump’s comments about her and Brown by calling him “a bully and a coward.” She said on CNN, “It’s fine that he wants to bully me and Sen. Brown. We’re okay. We can take it.”

The traveling press corps was not allowed to observe Trump’s visit with three victims who remained hospitalized. It fell therefore to White House aide Dan Scavino to proclaim in a tweet that Trump “was treated like a Rock Star inside the hospital.”

Trump and the first lady also met with police officers, fire officials, trauma surgeons and nurses at the facility, which treated 23 victims of the shooting. The hospital invited victims who had already been released to come back and meet with the president and the first lady.

“It was an authentic visit,” hospital president Mike Uhl said, praising Trump as “attentive, present and extremely accommodating.”

Trump offered his own affirmation on Twitter: “It was a warm & wonderful visit. Tremendous enthusiasm & even Love.”

Grisham said journalists were kept out of the hospital visit because staff did not want it to devolve into “a photo op” and overwhelm the victims with media.

The White House, however, distributed its own photos of Trump smiling for pictures with first responders, along with a slickly produced video, helping make the president the center of attention.

Trump’s reception in El Paso was less hospitable, and not only because so many local leaders have said they believe his rhetoric inspired Saturday’s slayings at a shopping center near the U.S.-Mexico border. Although he won the state of Texas in the 2016 election, Trump captured just 25.7 percent of the vote in El Paso County, the worst performance recorded here by a major-party presidential candidate in at least two decades.

An ever-growing makeshift memorial has sprouted near the shooting scene that features piles of colorful flowers, a row of white crosses, a line of prayer candles, as well as messages to the president. “Mr. T, Respect our sorrow and grief. Do not ‘invade’ our city,” reads one note, a reference to Trump’s repeated warnings of a migrant “invasion” at the border.

Just before Trump arrived in El Paso — where he and the first lady met with law enforcement personnel at an emergency operations center following their hospital visit — several hundred people gathered in opposition to his trip .

Congregating under the hot midday sun in a baseball field for an “El Paso Strong” event, some held homemade signs. “Go home! You are NOT welcome here!” read one. “This was Trump-inspired terrorism,” read another. “Trump repent,” read a third.

At one point, the crowd chanted, “Send him back!” — a nod to the incendiary “Send her back!” chant about Somali-born Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) at one of Trump’s campaign rallies last month.

“We feel like right now we should be in mourning, and we feel like we should be collecting our thoughts, we should be doing vigils and we should be gathering together as a community. We believe it is an insult that the president is coming here,” said one of the organizers, Jaime Candelaria, a 37-year-old singer and songwriter.

Escobar said onstage, “In this moment, someone is visiting … I felt it was important that we come together and not focus on the visitor, but focus on El Paso.” She added, “We will not stop resisting the hate! Resisting the bigotry! Resisting the racism!”

In the crowd at the El Paso Strong event was Shawn Nixon, 20, a Walmart employee who was at work restocking the school supplies area when the gunman opened fire Saturday morning. At the sound of the shots, Nixon said he fell to the ground, pulling with him a young child who had been shopping with his mother.

All I’m just asking for Donald Trump, for the president, to do is to say ‘sorry,’ ” Nixon said. “He created this crime. He created it because of his words. Every time that he’s on TV, that’s what he’s doing.”

During his flight home from El Paso, Trump attacked Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, the twin brother of presidential candidate Julián Castro, tweeting that he “makes a fool of himself every time he opens his mouth.” The congressman has come under scrutiny for publicizing a list of San Antonio donors who have contributed to Trump and accusing them of “fueling a campaign of hate.”

On Saturday in El Paso, authorities said, a man opened fire inside the Walmart, killing 22 people and injuring two dozen others. At 1:05 a.m. Sunday, a gunman killed nine people and injured 27 others outside a bar in Dayton, police said.

All week, Trump has zigzagged between two competing instincts: unite and divide.

In the immediate aftermath of the shootings, Trump remained cloistered at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., issuing only short statements on Twitter. Back at the White House on Monday, the president delivered a scripted speech in which he preached harmony.

“Now is the time to set destructive partisanship aside — so destructive — and find the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion and love,” Trump said, reading from teleprompters.

The president did not heed his own advice, however. Late Tuesday night, he took to Twitter to attack Beto O’Rourke, the former El Paso congressman running for president who has said Trump bears some responsibility for the shooting there because of his demonization of Latino immigrants.

Trump tweeted: “Beto (phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage) O’Rourke, who is embarrassed by my last visit to the Great State of Texas, where I trounced him, and is now even more embarrassed by polling at 1% in the Democrat Primary, should respect the victims & law enforcement — & be quiet!”

Then, as he departed the White House on Wednesday morning en route to Ohio, Trump told reporters he would refrain from attacking his adversaries during the trip.

“I would like to stay out of the political fray,” the president said. Asked about his rhetoric, he said he thinks it “brings people together” and added, “I think we have toned it down.”

That detente lasted only a few minutes. Answering a reporter’s question about Biden, Trump pounced. “Joe is a pretty incompetent guy,” the president said. “Joe Biden has truly lost his fastball, that I can tell you.”

By the time the president had left Dayton, he was back on Twitter and sniping at Democrats, a tirade triggered by his consumption of cable television news aboard Air Force One.

“Watching Sleepy Joe Biden making a speech. Sooo Boring! The LameStream Media will die in the ratings and clicks with this guy,” the president wrote.

Then he lashed out at Brown and Whaley, falsely accusing them of “totally misrepresenting” the reception he received at Miami Valley Hospital. He alleged that their news conference immediately after the president’s visit “was a fraud.”

But neither Brown nor Whaley said Trump received a poor reception at the hospital.

When Whaley first saw Trump’s tweets criticizing her and Brown, she paused for a moment to read them on a cellphone and said, “I don’t — I mean, I’m really confused. We said he was treated, like, very well. So, I don’t know why they’re talking about ‘misrepresenting.’

“Oh, well, you know,” the mayor added with a shrug. “He lives in his world of Twitter.”

Parker and Johnson reported from El Paso, and Rucker and Sonmez reported from Washington. Arelis R. Hernández in Dayton, Robert Moore in El Paso, and Colby Itkowitz and John Wagner in Washington contributed to this report.

Authors:  ASHLEY PARKER, FELICIA SONMEZ, JENNA JOHNSON AND PHILIP RUCKER, THE WASHINGTON POST

More than 20 people were killed in an Aug. 3, 2019, shooting rampage at a Walmart in El Paso. The gunman was arrested and charged with capital murder for the shooting in El Paso, which is recoveringfrom what federal law enforcement has classified as an act of domestic terrorism.

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Story+Gallery: As El Paso mourns, residents welcome, others protest President Trump’s visit

Wednesday the city of El Paso braced for President Trump’s arrival.  As the day went on the temperature rose – as did tensions.

In Washington Park, leaders from the Border Network for Human Rights and the Women’s March of El Paso led an anti-Trump rally. Hundreds showed up, ready to send Trump away.

The crowd chanted “El Paso Strong,” as well as “pay us back,” a reference to the unpaid bills of Trump’s last El Paso visit.

There was no shortage of harsh words for the president — or love for El Paso. Among the speakers were former El Paso Representative and presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke and Representative Veronica Escobar.

Local organizer Adri Perez spoke to the crowd about their own connection to the community – and their love for El Paso and Juarez. They also cautioned that the white supremacy that motivated the shooter didn’t start with Trump – and won’t end, they said, when Trump leaves office.

Prior to the rally, a community letter against Trump circulated through the city.

The letter read, in part: “this shooter was inspired by your words and your attitudes… your constant reliance on sowing hatred and fear, your embrace of racism and white supremacy, all of this over these past years has brought us to this place of pain.  Given this history of hate on your part, we ask that you stay away.”

Just a few blocks away, a crowd gathered outside of UMC. While rumors of the presidents visit swirled, a contingent of Trump fans waited. Their signs and red hats a sharp contrast to the protest just down the road.

When the Washington Park rally ended, many individuals made their way to the hospital. Fearing a confrontation, police in riot helmets — many with face shields — kept the crowd off of the street.

While shouting did occur, the crowd remained peaceful. At one point, Trump’s supporters broke into a rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner, followed by many choruses of Amazing Grace.

Meanwhile, hundreds gathered outside of Walmart. The gathering was impromptu – it wasn’t organized by the city or any organization. “This is just El Paso,” said one mourner at the scene.

Volunteers passed out water in the 100-degree heat. A man passed out free paletas. Some at the memorial offered free hugs, others prayer.

Among the crowd outside the memorial, reactions on Trump’s visit were mixed.

One individual mused that Trump would be blamed if he came or if he didn’t. Another wondered why Trump came at all — wishing he could have just set Melania.

Yet another mourner chimed in, saying Trump wasn’t welcome in this town.

Photos by the Author+Photographer Steve Zimmerman + Chief Photographer Andres Acosta – El Paso Herald Post and as otherwise noted in each photo.

UPDATES 8/7: President visits UMC, EPPD; Walmart announces $400k cash donations; Fountains at Farah to Donate $100k

This story will serve as an update for the events, comments and other information that comes into our newsroom on Wednesday.

8/7 UPDATE 8 p.m.

PRESIDENT VISITS UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER OF EL PASO

University Medical Center of El Paso hosted President Donald J. Trump today during his visit to El Paso to meet with hospital staff, families or victims of the Aug. 3 mass casualty shooting.

While at UMC, President Trump greeted many of UMC’s healthcare providers who ensured the very best care for patients who arrived as a result of the mass casualty shooting Aug. 3.

“Our entire UMC team performed exceedingly well on Aug. 3, along with our partner physicians from Texas Tech Physicians and the entire team at El Paso Children’s Hospital,” said Jacob Cintron, UMC President & CEO. “This was an opportunity for us to showcase our expertise and facility, a place that our entire region can look to for the highest level of care.”

What follows is the White House Pool Report of the visit via Eli Stokols – LA Times, Washington Bureau

POTUS arrived at University Hospital in El Paso at roughly 3 p.m. Pool did not see him enter.  As we neared the hospital, some crowds of protesters could be seen gathered down a few side streets.

Pool held for the last hour or so in a hallway by some elevators while POTUS met with victims, families and medical staff at University Hospital in El Paso. One doctor getting on the elevator did express some excitement to a colleague about having gotten “a pic with POTUS” on his phone.

At 4:07 p.m., we were directed back downstairs and then out of the hospital and into vans. As in Dayton earlier, there was no opportunity here for the pool to see POTUS or any of the people he met with during this visit.

The White House reiterates to the pool that they have kept the pool at a distance today out of respect for victims and families who they didn’t want to feel overwhelmed by a crush of reporters and cameras. Per her previous gaggle on AF1, Stephanie Grisham said the White House would be releasing photos after being asked by a reporter.

Motorcade is rolling from the hospital as of 4:23.

A few hundred onlookers gathered on the sidewalk, cameras in the air, as POTUS pulled away from the hospital at 4:23 p.m. local time. Driving back through town, one group of protestors could be seen again down a side street.

After about a 15-minute ride north on US 54, POTUS is nearing his second stop in El Paso at an emergency operations center. Pool access is again uncertain.

POTUS pulled into the gates of the El Paso Regional Communications Center at 4:42 local time. On the street outside, in a group of protestors, someone held up a large white bedsheet on which they’d written in black: “Racist, go home.”

Pool is holding in a meeting room; pool coverage of what we’re told will be a quick event is still unknown.

     Q    Mr. President, can you tell us about today and what you’ve seen?

THE PRESIDENT:  We had an amazing day.  As you know, we left Ohio.  And the love and the respect for the office of the presidency, it was — I wish you could have been in there to see it.  I wish you could have been in there.

And it was no different here.  We went to the hospital — just came from the hospital.  We were there a lot longer than we were anticipated to be.  It was supposed to be just a fairly quick — we met with numerous people.  We met with also the doctors, the nurses, the medical staff.  They have done an incredible job — both places.  Just incredible.

And the enthusiasm, the love, the respect, and also the — telling me, “Let’s see if we can get something done.”  And Republicans want to do it and Democrats want to do it.

And, by the way, here is a great hero.  This man — the job he did.  You all know who it is.  Everybody — the whole world knows who you are now, right?

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS OAKLEY:  Yes, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT:  So you’ll be a movie star, the way you look.  That’ll be — hey, that’ll be next.  Who knows, right?

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS OAKLEY:  Yes, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  But what a job.  What a job you did.

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS OAKLEY:  Thank you, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  There are a lot of heroes.  There are a lot of heroes.  A lot of people did just incredible work.  Now we’re going in, I believe, Chief, and say hello to some of your folks.

POLICE CHIEF ALLEN:  Yes, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  This is one of the most respected men in law enforcement, and I want to thank you very much.

POLICE CHIEF ALLEN:  Thank you, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.

Q    President Trump, you said today was about healing and unity, and you’ve attacked a number of your critics — Vice President Biden, Senator Brown, Mayor Whaley, as well as various members of the media.  Can you explain why you chose to take that tone?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, they shouldn’t be politicking.  Yeah, they shouldn’t be politicking today.  I had it with Sherrod Brown.  He and the mayor, Nan Whaley, they asked to go in — “Could we possibly go in and make the tour with you?”  I said, “Yeah, let’s do it.”

They couldn’t believe what they saw, and they said it to people.  They’ve never seen anything like it.  The entire hospital — no different than what we had in El Paso — the entire hospital was — I mean, everybody was so proud of the job they did because they did a great job.  They did a great job here.

And then I said goodbye.  I took them in, at their request.  We made the tour.  They couldn’t believe it.  She said it to people.  He said it to people.

I get on Air Force One, where they do have a lot of televisions.  I turn on the television, and there they are, saying, “Well, I don’t know if it was appropriate for the President to be in…”  You know, et cetera, et cetera.  You know, the same old line.  And they’re very dishonest people and that’s probably why he got, I think, about zero percent and he failed as a presidential candidate.

We’re going to go in and see some very brave people.  And I wanted to meet this hero before I did anything.  And we appreciate it.

Pool is moving to a second, larger room where roughly 100 first responders are gathered. Trump just entered and is praising first responders.

In the larger room, Trump told the first responders that they are “the best” and gave brief remarks before moving to a line to shake hands with a number of the people.

Pool is in the back of the room and it is hard to hear POTUS clearly, but I could hear him say “All over the world, they’re talking about the job you’ve done.”

He also referenced the El Paso shooter and seemed to be saying something about how he “gave up” but pool couldn’t make out the quote clearly.

As POTUS shook hands and spoke with some first responders, he made his way closer to the pool.

“I saw you on television the other day and you were fantastic,” Trump told a female office who responded to the Wal-Mart shooting.

He also signed a couple autographs, speaking in a low voice and sometimes a whisper.

Trump, after making his way around the room, concluded by telling the group that he “sent a lot of new equipment your way.”

He said that if they need anything just to call. He exited the room at 5:15. Pool headed back to vans.

The motorcade was rolling at 5:22 p.m. local time and returned to El Paso International Airport at 5:36.

POTUS waited a moment until the stairs were moved into place, then exited the limousine, waved to the pool, and climbed up the steps with FLOTUS to board at 5:40.

Thank you to co-pooler Ashley Parker for her help catching and transcribing quotes. And another thank you to Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham for pushing for pool access at our final stop and to all of our wranglers today.

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Walmart announces $400,000 in support of the El Paso Community

In response to the tragic event in El Paso on Saturday, Walmart is committing $400,000 in direct cash grants to support local community foundations that have set up funds for those impacted by the tragedy.

To address the urgent need of support, Walmart is providing cash donations to the El Paso Community Foundation’s Shooting Victims’ Fund and Paso del Norte Community Foundation’s El Paso Victims Relief Fund. Walmart is also working closely with local officials and government entities to help meet the needs of those affected.

“Our hearts ache for El Pasoans,” said Greg Foran, president and chief executive officer, Walmart U.S. “As we work on helping our associates through this tragedy, we also want to help ensure the community has the resources it needs by providing funds to support the important work the El Paso Community Foundation and the Paso del Norte Community Foundation are doing during this difficult time. We want to support the people of El Paso every step of the way.”

The El Paso Community Foundation, established in 1977, has a long history of providing a wide-range of philanthropic services including community convener, grant maker and leadership organization for the El Paso region. Since 2013, the Paso del Norte Community Foundation has worked to improve education, health, social services, economic development and quality of life in the Paso del Norte region.

In addition to the commitments to the two foundations, Sam’s Club has donated food and water to the local family reunification center and three area hospitals. Walmart is also providing support for its associates through its Resources for Living program to ensure they have what they need at this difficult time.

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Fountains at Farah to Donate $100,000 to Victims’ Relief Fund

The Fountains at Farah announced today that the center will match up to $100,000 in donations towards the El Paso Shooting Victims’ Relief Fund at the El Paso Community Foundation.

Members of the public are encouraged to visit the donation website to donate.  The foundation is waiving all administrative fees and credit card fees associated with the fund.  The donations will help the families of those affected.

“We continue to grieve for the victims and their families in the wake of this horrific tragedy,” said Giovanni Silva, General Manager at The Fountains at Farah.  “We applaud the ongoing efforts of our local law enforcement and medical professionals who protect and care for those in the Borderplex community.”

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8/7 UPDATE 3 p.m.

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President Trump lands in El Paso, heads to UMC to meet with victims

Some 3 hours after visiting the country’s second mass shooting location in Dayton, Ohio, President Donald Trump landed in El Paso.   The President’s visit is expected to be a brief one, similar to his Dayton stop where he visited with survivors at a local hospital, as well as first responders.

It’s unknown if the President will be visiting the makeshift memorial directly behind the Cielo Vista Walmart where 22 people were killed on Saturday.

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UPDATE: UMC, EPCH GIVE STATUS OF PATIENTS

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

The following is an update regarding the 15 patients brought to University Medical Center of El Paso as a result of the mass casualty shooting:

 2 children were transferred from University Medical Center to El Paso Children’s Hospital on Aug. 3 with non-life threatening injuries and discharged by El Paso Children’s Hospital Aug. 4

 4 adult patients have been discharged from University Medical Center

 1 adult patient was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at University Medical Center on Aug. 3

 5 adult patients remain in critical condition and are receiving treatment in University Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit

 3 adult patients are in stable but serious condition at University Medical Center

Another update will be provided as appropriate or when there is a significant change in status of these patients.

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MountainStar Sports Group, Foster Family Foundation and Hunt Family Foundation Announce Support For Victims of Saturday’s Tragedy

The MountainStar Sports Group Foundation, on behalf of the El Paso Chihuahuas Foundation and the El Paso Locomotive FC Foundation, the Foster Family Foundation and Hunt Family Foundation together announced today they will contribute a total of $150,000 to the two victims’ relief funds to support those affected by the tragic event that occurred on Saturday, August 3rd in El Paso.

“On behalf of MountainStar Sports Group and our two ownership families, our thoughts are with the victims and their families that were affected by the tragedy that took place Saturday,” said MountainStar Sports Group CEO and co-owner, Josh Hunt. “We are thankful for the first responders for ensuring the safety of our community and the medical staff that have given countless hours to those who remain hospitalized because of this tragedy.”

The Chihuahuas return to Southwest University Park today, Wednesday, August 7th for the start of a seven game homestand. In support of the community, the Chihuahuas will wear their black road jerseys featuring the “El Paso” script and will don the black “EP” cap.

A moment of silence will be held prior to the first pitch.

The Chihuahuas and Locomotive will also wear an “ELPASOSTRONG” patch on their jerseys for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Additionally, upon entry to the Locomotive game on August 17th, fans will receive “ELPASOSTRONG” flags and a moment of silence will be observed prior to kickoff.

Support for the El Paso community does not end with the Chihuahuas and the Locomotive teams.

Locomotive players, led by midfielder Sabastian Velasquez, have raised more than $20,000 to support EP Fusion FC, a youth soccer team that was directly affected by Saturday’s tragedy. Monies raised will also be donated to support victims and their families.

Velasquez, along with other El Paso Locomotive players, began a Twitter campaign to help in the fundraising efforts. Teams, players, and coaches from around the United States and beyond have made contributions.

The San Diego Padres, the Chihuahuas Major League Baseball affiliate, are also assisting in the El Paso Victims Relief Fund efforts. The Padres will wear the black “EP” cap during Thursday’s batting practice in San Diego. At the conclusion of batting practice, the players will sign the caps and later the Chihuahuas will auction them off with proceeds benefiting the El Paso Victims Relief Fund.

The Padres organization will also make a $30,000 donation to the El Paso Victims Relief Fund via a joint contribution from the Padres Foundation, Executive Chairman Ron Fowler and General Partner Peter Seidler.

Moreover, fellow Texas club San Antonio FC will join the Locomotive in making a donation to victims’ funds.

MountainStar Sports Group President Alan Ledford said, “Both the Chihuahuas and Locomotive organizations have been overwhelmed by the outreach and support from outside El Paso. Clearly, those we work with who have gotten to know El Paso and its people have developed a love for this city which they’ve expressed with their words and generous donations. We are very thankful and touched by this outpouring of love and support. El Paso is an amazingly resilient community and as it moves forward, the city will be stronger than ever. We look forward to playing a role in this process.”

More information on the Chihuahuas and Locomotive efforts are forthcoming.

For more information on how to contribute to victims’ relief efforts, visit pdnfoundation.org or contact the Paso del Norte Community Foundation at (915) 544-7636 and/or the visit epcf.org or call the El Paso Community Foundation at (915) 533-4020

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Paso del Norte Community Foundation: Victim’s relief fund now at $1.6m and growing

The El Paso Victims Relief Fund was established to accept monetary donations to support victims and their families affected by the tragedy of Saturday, August 3, 2019.

The outpouring of support has been extraordinary with more than $1.6 million in donations of gifts large and small received to date from over 3,087 donors, with additional contributions expected over the coming days and weeks. The fund has been the beneficiary of significant corporation contributions as well as proceeds from local fundraising efforts.

“This has been an incredibly difficult week for our community struck by an unthinkable act of violence. We are so grateful for the generosity and caring of thousands of people in El Paso and around the United States and the world,” said Tracy J. Yellen, CEO of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation. “Our hearts are with each family and our entire community.”

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation is working with the City of El Paso and other funding and community partners to coordinate and provide direct financial assistance to the victims and their families to assist with short, medium and long-term expenses. The PDN Community Foundation will not assess any administrative fees to ensure that 100% of donations support victims and their families.

Sample of corporate contributions to date:

– El Paso Electric – First National Bank 1871 – Group 1 Automotive – Helen of Troy – Hunt Companies – Macy’s – Mimco/Marcus Family – MountainStar Sports – Panda Express – Peter Piper Pizza – Platinum Software Labs – Tiguas Ysleta del Sur – United Bank of El Paso – Verizon Wireless – Walmart.org

To donate or to learn more, visit pdnfoundation.org or call 915-544-7636. #ElPasoStrong

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Cornyn Returns to El Paso, Donates Blood, and Condemns Hate-Filled Act of White Supremacist

Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) visited Vitalant’s El Paso West location to donate blood to aid survivors of the shooting in El Paso.

While there, he spoke to reporters about what Congress can do to prevent shootings like in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio from happening again in the future.

Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below.

“What happened here in El Paso is heartbreaking, and I know we’re all looking for information and answers. Meeting with some of the families in the hospital, as I know the president will do today, it’s amazing to me to see their resilience.”

“In Congress, we’re trying to come up with some answers.”

“We have tried to respond to some of these mass shootings in the past by improving our background check system to make sure that felons and other people who are already legally disqualified from getting firearms do so, but we also know that mental health is a huge factor.”

“But this particular incident looks clearly to be the act of a white supremacist, an act of domestic terrorism.”

“How you identify these people before they commit their crimes is really the puzzle that we have to try to be able to figure out how to solve.”

“This is a puzzle that we need to try to solve if we’re going to protect innocent lives, as we must do.”

“Senator McConnell, the Majority Leader of the Senate, has tasked members of the Senate to come together to see what sort of legislative responses might be appropriate, and some of the work we’ve done in the past, I think, is helpful, but it doesn’t cover something quite like this.”

“We need to try to adjust and to try to come up with ideas where we can hopefully identify people like this earlier and hopefully take them out of action so that they don’t commit these terrible, terrible acts of violence.”

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8/7 UPDATE 12 Noon

CNN: President visits Dayton, greeted by protesters

President Trump visited Dayton, Ohio Wednesday morning, the site of the nation’s second mass shooting on Saturday.

According to sources there, the president met with some victims, family members as well as first responders.  He did not make any public remarks during his 3-hour visit.

President Trump is expected to arrive in El Paso shortly before 2 p.m.

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Following Saturday’s mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, 11 victims were transported and treated at Del Sol Medical Center.

-As of August 7, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. MT, six patients remain in this hospital, with one in critical condition and five in stable condition.

-Del Sol Medical Center patient Octavio Lizarde, who participated in the August 6 press conference, underwent orthopedic surgery on his injured foot. According to his surgeon, Lt. Col. Dr. Justin Orr, the surgery went very well.

-Del Sol Medical Center is not expecting a POTUS visit, nor is the hospital planning a press conference today.

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8/7 UPDATE 10:00 a.m.

El Paso’s own Khalid will hold his benefit concert for the mass shooting victims on September 1st at the Don Haskins Arena. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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El Paso Mayor Pro Tem Perez and Commissioner Perez Joint Statement on President’s Visit

El Paso Mayor Pro Tempore Claudia Ordaz Perez and County Commissioner Vincent Perez issued the following statement today regarding President Trump’s visit to El Paso:

 

“As the people of El Paso heal from the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history against Hispanics, we call on the President to use his visit to personally condemn racial terrorism by white supremacists, in no uncertain terms.

 

“Calling on our nation to condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy must begin with President of the United States demanding an end to these domestic acts of terrorism, where the lives of 22 innocent victims from our community are now lost. If the President fails to strongly condemn this racially-motivated terrorist attack and fails to call for an end to the use of violence against minority groups by radicalized white nationalist terrorists during his visit, his continued depiction of immigrants and migrants as a threat to our nation will only place our community at greater risk for racially-motivated attacks.

Ahead of Donald Trump’s visit to El Paso where 22 are dead, the president tells Beto O’Rourke to be “quiet”

President Donald Trump lashed out at Beto O’Rourke late Tuesday night, saying the Democratic presidential candidate and former congressman from El Paso should “be quiet” about the deadly shooting in his hometown.

The Twitter missive came hours before Trump was set to visit the city, which is reeling from the massacre Saturday at a Walmart that left 22 people dead and more than two dozen wounded. Along with other El Paso Democrats, O’Rourke has linked the shooting to Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and said the president should not visit.

The accused gunman, from Allen outside of Dallas, allegedly left a racist manifesto that described the attack as a “response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.” Federal officials have catalogued the massacre as domestic terrorism.

“Beto (phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage) O’Rourke, who is embarrassed by my last visit to the Great State of Texas, where I trounced him, and is now even more embarrassed by polling at 1% in the Democrat Primary, should respect the victims & law enforcement – & be quiet!” Trump tweeted.

“Beto” is a Spanish nickname that O’Rourke has had since his childhood.

Trump was last in El Paso in February, when he held a campaign rally and O’Rourke headlined a dueling event. The president’s campaign has yet to reimburse the city more than $470,000 for police and public safety services associated with his rally. O’Rourke has since paid what he owed the city for his rally. Trump also visited Texas last year to hold a rally in Houston with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz when O’Rourke was running against him.

Trump is scheduled to touch down early Wednesday afternoon in El Paso and stay for a few hours. The White House has not released any details about what he plans to do there.

Around the time Trump arrives in El Paso, O’Rourke is scheduled to attend an event “to honor those lives lost, confront President Trump and white supremacy, and demand responsible gun control.”

Author:  PATRICK SVITEK – The Texas Tribune

UPDATES 8/6: President Trump to visit Wednesday; O’Rourke responds; El Dorado HS to hold ‘Morning of Remembrance ‘

This story will serve as an update for the events, comments and other information that comes into our newsroom on Tuesday.

8/6 UPDATE 10:00 p.m.

President to visit El Paso Wednesday

White House officials confirmed that President Donald Trump would be visiting El Paso, making time for patients still in the hospital from Saturday’s mass shooting and visiting the growing makeshift memorial overlooking the shooting site.

Officials have not publicly released the time of the President’s arrival, nor his itinerary while in the city.

This will be the President’s second visit to the Sun City, the first occurring back in February when he hosted a rally at the El Paso County Coliseum.

Beto Pens First Letter to Supporters on El Paso

EL PASO, TXToday, Beto penned his first letter to supporters since returning to El Paso. He stressed the importance of Americans showing up for this moment, saying, “We are all in this together. Unless we make it harder for people to kill, unless we stop this racism and fear, unless we stop seeing our differences as dangerous, unless we hold those in the highest positions of public trust accountable — this violence will find every one of us, sooner or later.”

The full letter follows.

I am so proud of my hometown of El Paso. Always have been.

I tell our story wherever I go. This place of immigrants, of people from all over the planet, who came here to do better for themselves and to do better for this country. I tell people about how we are one of the safest cities in the United States. Nearly 700,000 people and we’ve averaged only 18 murders a year.

And I make sure that people know that those two things are connected. It is the very presence of immigrants and asylum seekers and refugees that has made us so safe. We don’t just tolerate our differences, we embrace them. We treat each other with the dignity and respect we are owed as human beings. It is the foundation of our success and our safety.

I’ve always thought the example set by El Paso could offer a path forward for a country that is so consumed by our differences and our divisions.

Si queremos asegurar nuestro país, I often say, necesitamos seguir el ejemplo de El Paso.

But on Saturday, we realized that we can take no comfort in our safety, in our ability to see the best in each other by seeing ourselves in one another. That, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, “we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”

Though El Paso is a safe community, we are part of a country that is violent. A country that has failed to adopt laws that would allow us to perform a background check on everyone who wants to own a firearm. One that still allows weapons designed for war to be sold into our communities. We lost 40,000 of our fellow Americans to gun violence last year — inexplicable but for the stranglehold that the gun lobby has on Congress and the White House, and the fear that our elected representatives have of the NRA.

And though we are a city that prides itself as a home of immigrants, we live in America at a moment that the President seeks to make us afraid of immigrants, to see them as animals and rapists and killers, a threat to our very lives. An invasion that must be stopped. An infestation that must be stamped out.

At a rally in Florida in May, President Trump asked how America could stop immigrants from coming into the country.

“Shoot them!” someone yelled back.

As the crowd roared their approval, the President smiled.

That violence, that hatred, that fear found us on Saturday. Drove more than 600 miles to a community that is 85% Mexican-American. A community of first- and second-generation immigrants. It walked into one of the busiest Walmarts in the country, full of families from El Paso and our sister city of Ciudad Juarez and killed 22 people. A 90-year old man shot dead next to the wife he’d been married to for 70 years. A 15 year old boy about to start his sophomore year in high school. Young parents, both of them murdered, as they shielded their 2-month old son.

Death and suffering. Pain and devastation. Families grieving an indescribable loss.

But this terrorist, echoing the words of Donald Trump and hosts on Fox News in his manifesto, will fail to achieve his aims of stopping America from being America. A country of immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees. A country which 243 years ago chose to define itself not along lines of race or ethnicity but instead on the principle that we are all created equal.

This hatred and violence won’t define us. The people I’ve met at University Medical Center and Del Sol Hospital, shot in the chest, in the stomach, in the back, in the leg, in the arm, in the foot, all of them meeting their pain with courage will do that. All of them recovering as they receive the care and help they need from their fellow El Pasoans. Lines around the block at blood donation centers. Vigils of thousands throughout the community, in Central El Paso, on the eastside, and over in Horizon.

Though on Saturday, El Paso bore the brunt of the hatred and violence in this country, I believe our community also holds some of the answers. Not just to our pain and challenges, but to those of the country.

Because we now know first hand that no physical distance, no set of circumstances unique to your community, can separate you from what is happening to all of us in this country. We are all in this together. Unless we make it harder for people to kill, unless we stop this racism and fear, unless we stop seeing our differences as dangerous, unless we hold those in the highest positions of public trust accountable — this violence will find everyone of us, sooner or later.

It is on all of us to stand up and be counted, especially when we feel the consequences of America at its worst, to fight for this country to be its best.

That is the spirit of El Paso, a city where everyone belongs. And the hope I have for America is that we become a country like that too.

Beto

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Morning of Remembrance at El Dorado High School
El Dorado High School
12401 Edgemere Blvd
El Paso, TX 79938
7:30 AM MT

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8/6 UPDATE 5:00 p.m.

Border Network for Human Rights, ACLU of Texas, Mexicanos en el exilio, El Paso Musicians United and Paso del Sur co-host ‘El Paso Strong’ event Wednesday 1230 to 2pm

Border Network for Human Rights, Women’s March El Paso and many other community organizations are inviting residents to join them tomorrow for #ElPasoFirme / #ElPasoStrong community action to honor those lives lost, confront President Trump and white supremacy, and demand responsible gun control.

WHAT: #ElPasoFirme / #ElPasoStrong Community Action
WHEN: TOMORROW WEDNESDAY AUGUST 7TH
WHERE: WASHINGTON PARK (4201 E. Paisano Dr)

“El Paso was targeted for the horrific shooting because we are a welcoming city that advocates for immigrant families. We were targeted for fighting against the dehumanization of our immigrant brothers and sisters, for pushing back against the criminalization of our border and for denouncing President Trump’s attempts to paint our communities as something they’re not. President Trump is not welcome in El Paso and his narrative around immigrants and Central Americans should not be welcome anywhere.”

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Local artists to hold Art Show Fundraiser Sunday

Creatives from around the borderland will be hosting an art show Sunday, August 11 at the ArtSpace Gallery, located at 601 North Oregon.

The show will run from Noon to 10 p.m. and will feature many local artists and funds collected from the art auction will be donated to the El Paso Community Foundation Victims’ fund

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Macy’s activates state-wide campaign to benefit El Paso victims

Macy’s customers and colleagues throughout the state of Texas have the opportunity to support those affected by the El Paso tragedy

Macy’s has also donated $20,000 to the Paso del Norte Community Foundation to help support immediate needs of victims and their families

Macy’s is committed to strengthening the El Paso community as they begin the recovery and healing process following the recent tragic events that took place this past weekend. From now through Tuesday, August 20, all Macy’s stores in the state of Texas will offer customers the opportunity to round-up their in-store purchase to the nearest dollar (up to $.99) to benefit the El Paso Victims Relief Fund, established by the Paso del Norte Community Foundation.

100 percent of all funds raised will benefit victims and their families affected by the recent tragedy.

Additionally, to assist the community’s immediate needs, Macy’s has donated $20,000 to Paso del Norte Community Foundation’s El Paso Victims Relief Fund. The relief fund will support paying medical bills, provide mental health counseling, offer scholarships for children and their families as well as additional victims’ needs that may evolve.

This is just the start. Macy’s will continue to work with the El Paso community to identify meaningful ways to support our neighbors and friends impacted by this tragedy.

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8/6 UPDATE 2:00 p.m.

UMC, EPCH GIVE STATUS OF PATIENTS

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

The following is an update regarding the 15 patients brought to University Medical Center of El Paso as a result of the mass casualty shooting:

2 children were transferred from University Medical Center to El Paso Children’s Hospital on Aug. 3 with non-life threatening injuries and discharged by El Paso Children’s Hospital Aug. 4

3 adult patients have been discharged from University Medical Center

1 adult patient was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at University Medical Center on Aug. 3

5 adult patients remain in critical condition and are receiving treatment in University Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit

4 adult patients are in stable but serious condition at University Medical Center

Another update will be provided as appropriate or when there is a significant change in status of these patients.

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8/6 UPDATE 12:00 Noon

Papal Message to Bishop Seitz and the People of El Paso

The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin has sent a direct message of support from the Holy Father, Pope Francis to Bishop Mark J. Seitz and the people of El Paso. The message on behalf of the Holy Father is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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United Way of El Paso County asks for support of victims’ funds following tragedy

As a means to directly support the immediate needs of victims and their families, United Way of El Paso County is asking for support of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation’s El Paso Victims Relief Fund as well as the El Paso Community Foundation’s El Paso Shooting Victims’ Fund.

“Our United Way recognizes that this horrific crime will have a lasting domino effect on our community and its residents,” said United Way President & CEO Deborah A. Zuloaga. “We want to make sure that the agencies providing these much-needed services have the resources to assist with resiliency efforts past the initial weeks following these unimaginable circumstances.”

United Way of El Paso County also announced the creation of the El Paso Community Assistance Fund focused on long-term support for the entire county. Both the Paso del Norte Community Foundation and the El Paso Community Foundation will host the option to donate to United Way’s El Paso Community Assistance Fund.

The El Paso Community Assistance Fund addresses what is expected to be a lengthy healing process for many individuals in our community. The United Way has a nearly 100-year history of supporting the needs of El Pasoans and plans to continue to use that strength to ensure access to a wide-range of services that help families process and navigate the tragedy’s aftermath. Funds are meant to rebuild the resources and capacity of local partners offering services including crisis counseling, emergency food and shelter, disaster response, and other needs as they arise. In addition, the United Way will also coordinate volunteer efforts, when needed and asked.

 

Funds providing immediate relief to victims & families:

Paso del Norte Community Foundation’s El Paso Victims Relief Fund

El Paso Community Foundation’s El Paso Shooting Victims’ Fund

 

Fund providing long-term assistance to the community:

United Way’s El Paso Community Assistance Fund

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COMMUNITY EN ACCIÓN COMBATS HATE AND CREATES A SCHOLASHIP FUND FOR CHILDREN OF FALLEN VICTIMS

We, at Community En Acción (CEA), a non-profit organization of non-partisan Latino business leaders who live and work in El Paso, offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims of Saturday’s tragic event, and our entire beloved community that is reeling from this tremendous loss.

As a nation of immigrants, we must stand united to reject a culture and narrative of hate. At CEA, we choose to demonstrate respect for El Paso, its people, its diversity and its resilience. We will not let animosity change who we are—a vibrant, welcoming and generous community. Instead, we will continue to focus on developing a strong, proud and productive next generation of leaders by celebrating our diverse heritage and the gift it is to our city, this region and our nation.

To the children who lost parents due to this tragedy, we embrace them as our own; they are part of a broader family. We believe in them and the many contributions they will make to our society. For these reasons, Community En Acción has partnered with Paso Del Norte Community Foundation to establish a scholarship fund for the minor children of victims who lost their lives, with special emphasis on children who lost both parents by this senseless tragedy. By doing so, we choose to replace hate with love, and tragedy with triumph. We are El Paso Strong, now and always.

To make a donation to the CEA scholarship fund, please go online, or send your checks or money orders to CEA at 814 Wyoming, El Paso, Texas, 79902, with the designation, “Orphans Scholarship.”

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Tenet Healthcare Foundation Makes $100,000 Contribution  in Support of El Paso Community

Tenet Healthcare Corporation, through The Tenet Healthcare Foundation, is making a $100,000 donation to the El Paso Community Foundation to provide support to victims and families in El Paso following the tragic events on August 3. With 5,300 team members in the community, Tenet operates four acute care hospitals under The Hospitals of Providence brand and over 50 outpatient centers, physician clinics and other care facilities.

Ron Rittenmeyer, Executive Chairman and CEO, said, “This devastating event has caused an inconceivable amount of pain and grief for the entire El Paso community. We salute the efforts of the El Paso Community Foundation to provide support during this time of sadness and loss. We also want to extend our gratitude to all the caregivers in El Paso, including our employees, as well as other community hospitals, first responders and local law enforcement for their efforts to care for victims and their families during this tragedy.”

The $100,000 contribution is being made on behalf of The Hospitals of Providence and Tenet’s United Surgical Partners International and Conifer Health Solutions subsidiaries, all of which have operations and employees in greater El Paso. In addition to the $100,000 donation, The Tenet Healthcare Foundation will match employee contributions to the El Paso Community Foundation up to $50,000. Both the $100,000 contribution and employee match are being directed to the El Paso Community Foundation’s Shooting Victims’ Relief Fund.

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8/6 UPDATE 10:00 a.m.

Del Sol Medical Center statement

“Following the mass shooting on Saturday in El Paso, Texas, 11 victims were transported and treated at Del Sol Medical Center. As of August 6, 2019, at 10 a.m. six patients remain in this hospital, with one in critical condition and five in stable condition.

“I continue to be inspired by the tireless dedication of all the caregivers here at Del Sol Medical Center and across El Paso.”

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

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FBI:  Family Assistance Center Opens at the El Paso Convention Center

The El Paso City-County Office of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross are opening a Family Assistance Center (FAC) at the El Paso Convention Center, located at 1 Civic Center Plaza, in downtown El Paso.

It will be opened from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Resources and services will be provided by public and private organizations. Parking fees will be waived for individuals visiting the FAC.

If you have a vehicle that was left at the Walmart parking lot by Cielo Vista Mall, please visit the Family Assistance Center to claim your vehicle.

In order to claim your vehicle, you must bring a set of keys, identification, proof of ownership, and insurance.

If you can not come down in person to claim your vehicle, written permission must be provided if the person that comes down to the FAC is not the registered owner.

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$100,000 check presentation for El Paso Victims Relief Fund

The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo tribe presented Mica Short, Vice President of Development for the Paso del Norte Community Foundation with a check for $100,000 to the El Paso Victims Relief Fund within the Paso del Norte Community Foundation.

Additionally, the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo will donate to the fund all revenue generated from the Clint Black concert, planned for August 15, 2019 at Speaking Rock.

Every single dollar produced from that event will be donated to the El Paso Victims Relief Fund.

 

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‘El Paso Legends’ Charity football match set for Sunday at SISD’s SAC

All SBFC players, families and friends- let’s get out there Sunday to support our soccer community!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8/6 UPDATE 9:00 a.m.

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Statement from Women’s March Co-Founder Carmen Perez on Trump-Inspired Massacre in El Paso

“22 people were massacred at an El Paso Walmart this Saturday in a reprehensible act of white supremacist violence. I am haunted by the fact that I myself visited that Walmart when I was in El Paso less than a week ago, protesting the border policies of a president supported by this terrorist.

As a Chicana, and the daughter of a Mexican immigrant, I still have family just across the border from El Paso. I grieve deeply for the eight Mexican citizens who died tragically Saturday.

As a Latinx civil rights leader, I demand action. Our families are indigenous to this land, while we are targeted for violence by a President who calls us “illegal” and denies our humanity. There is a direct connection between President Trump’s rhetoric and the act of racial violence that took 22 lives in El Paso.

This President’s bigotry has incited violence, and he must be held accountable.”

-Carmen Perez, President and CEO of The Gathering for Justice, Co-Founder of the Women’s March and Latinx Civil Rights Activist.

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Sun City Motorplex has invited all area car clubs, car enthusiasts, off-roaders and all residents to an event this Friday night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Join Horses Unlimited Rescue and Education Center Inc., for a Memorial Ride on Saturday, Aug. 10

Memorial Ride will be a 2-hour trail ride, $20 per person proceeds to benefit victims.  For more information contact Horses Unlimited at (915)491-7563.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This has been the darkest time in the history of our beloved city and now it is time to give back. SoundFuzion Entertainment will be partnering up with our brother company Catfish Karaoke Co. and will be accepting donations to benefit the families which were affected on Saturday. I chose to open my own karaoke company so that I could unite people every night through their songs so now I ask ever

Family Assistance Center opens at Convention Center

The El Paso City-County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the American Red Cross are opening a Family Assistance Center (FAC) in Downtown El Paso.

Officials say the center’s purpose is to “provide the community a space to begin healing after the tragic and senseless act of violence we experienced over the weekend.”

“El Paso is strong and our residents are resilient. To help our community and region heal from this tragedy, we will be transitioning our Family Reunification Center to Family Assistance Center. We invite everyone, whether they just need to talk, or they are seeking services to help them move forward, to visit the center,” said Fire Chief Mario D’Agostino.

The Family Assistance Center will be housed at the Convention Center in Downtown, near Santa Fe Street and San Antonio Avenue.

It will be opened from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting August 6. Resources and services will be provided by public and private organizations.

Parking fees will be waived for individuals visiting the FAC.

Additionally, to honor the victims and first-responders who immediately responded to the tragedy, the light sculptures on Interstate 10 near Airway will light up the skies in blue. These lights are located near the site of the shooting.

Services available include:

  • Counseling/Spiritual Care
  • Health Care Assistance
  • Language Translation
  • Travel Assistance
  • Financial support
  • Legal support

Anyone needing immediate support may call (915) 779-1800.

A racist manifesto and a shooter terrorize Hispanics in El Paso and beyond

On Sunday night, as the sun dipped behind the blue-hued Franklin Mountains, this grieving border city telegraphed a message.

The community had been violently knocked down by an act of what federal law enforcement has catalogued as domestic terrorism. As El Pasoans gathered by the thousands a day later over the brown dirt of a baseball diamond and out onto the adjoining football field for a community vigil, they were distraught and shaken.

But they also spoke words of hope, of defiance in the face of hate and of a determination to write their own manifesto.

“One of love, of tenderness, of inclusivity, of generosity, of compassion, of hope, of justice — all that makes El Paso and the borderlands truly great,” Dylan Corbett, director of the Hope Border Institute, proclaimed in a combination of Spanish and English to cheers from the crowd at Ponder Park, just a few blocks from the site where 20 people were massacred and more than two dozen others were injured at the hands of a white gunman. Two of them died Monday at local hospitals.

The mostly Hispanic crowd in this mostly Hispanic city was visibly emotional, sharing tissue boxes and prayers as they tried to make sense of why a stranger from outside the community would target members of theirs based on the color of their skin.

By then, law enforcement officials had indicated they were investigating a racist manifesto possibly penned by the gunman that described the attack as a “response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas” and railed against the growing political clout of Hispanics in Texas who would “take control of the local and state government” and change “policy to better suit their needs.”

To reconcile that white supremacy-fueled motive with everyday life in El Paso proved insurmountable to locals living in a city where the culture is a unique blend of Mexican and American, where the boundary between it and Ciudad Juárez is practically indistinguishable from a distance. It’s a community that has persevered for years — but especially in the last few — to welcome immigrants coming to the country seeking safety, asylum and opportunity.

“The shooter came into our community because we are a Hispanic community and we have immigrants here,” U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, an El Paso Democrat, said at a Sunday vigil.

After the shooting at the Walmart, fear washed over El Paso. A popular Mexican restaurant stood empty Saturday night, handwritten notes posted on the door in both Spanish and English: “For your security and ours, we are closed. Thank you for understanding.”

The next day, El Pasoans gathered at restaurants with their families and went to church, but the serenity of a Sunday morning had been shattered. At another local restaurant, as a Hispanic family got ready to leave, a waitress called out a “be careful” in Spanish.

At St. Patrick Cathedral, the Rev. Trini Fuentez asked to change the opening hymnal for the midmorning mass in light of the massacre the day before. When the choir sang the words of “Gather Your People” from a balcony over the nave, it was missing the voice of a choir member who had been at Walmart during the shooting. She was unharmed but too shaken to come to church.

“In El Paso, we love more than we hate,” said Ana Elena Allen, a churchgoer who initially waved a reporter off because she was overcome with emotion.

Throughout the weekend, the only way people seemed to make sense of the tragedy was to underscore that this hate was not homegrown. The suspected gunman had come from Allen, a Dallas suburb 10 hours away. And for some in El Paso, the shooter was not the only one to blame.

Locals spoke of an amplification of hate in the era of Trump, and they worried that it could be violently unleashed beyond El Paso. At one Sunday vigil, an El Pasoan held up a sign: “Mr. Trump, your racist words brought your hate to El Paso to kill our family.”

The words in the manifesto were rooted in white supremacy ideology and talked about an “invasion” of Texas. Republican leaders, including President Donald Trump and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, have used that same wording to decry an “invasion” across the state’s southern border. The manifesto also borrowed from the racist “go back” sentiment Trump recently used to attack four congresswomen of color.

As El Pasoans gathered Sunday, the conversation was not just focused on gun violence and a need for reform, but also about the rise of white supremacy and the urgency to address it — instead of attributing the attack to video games and mental illness, as some Texas Republican leaders did in front of the TV cameras throughout the weekend.

“Nobody wants to talk about gun violence prevention measures. Nobody wants to talk about the fact that we need to do something about the increasing racism in this country, the danger that that poses to the security of this country — not to mention the danger that it poses to the safety and wellbeing of communities like El Paso,” state Sen. José Rodríguez, a Democrat who represents the area, said while gathered with other local leaders in downtown El Paso.

On Saturday, El Paso was the victim of white supremacy, but it was not the only target. The gunman attacked people based on the color of their skin — and on a false sense of who is American. By terrorizing El Paso Hispanics, he terrorized Hispanics across the state and the country.

“It is this hate that is at the root of much of the suffering in our country, and when we fail to call it out, we give it cover,” Escobar said. “There are deadly consequences to bigotry, racism and hate.”

The two leaders spoke to a growing crowd of El Pasoans and some New Mexican neighbors who came together for a silent march that stretched out the length of several city blocks. Some passed out sunflowers. Others shared their protest signs, spreading messages of hope and border pride and calling on others to help fight racism. A couple — one wrapped in an American flag and the other in a Mexican flag — held hands as they walked.

“To know that white supremacy and hatred infiltrated El Paso — a community of love, a community of kindness — just breaks my heart because I’ve never grown up here afraid of any other El Pasoan,” Joshua Anaya, a 17-year-old El Pasoan, said at the vigil.

“Immediately it left me hopeless and afraid,” Anaya said. “But as of right now, I’ve allowed myself to mourn, to feel grief, to feel sadness, but now it’s all morphed into an anger and into a need to fight for the rights and the love that I’ve always known in El Paso.”

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Author: ALEXA URA – The Texas Tribune

UPDATES 8/5: VIDEO – City officials release names of shooting victims

This story will serve as an update for the events, comments and other information that comes into our newsroom on Monday.

8/5 UPDATE 5:15 p.m.

During a Monday afternoon briefing, city officials, law enforcement and other first responders gave an update on the injured, dead and the upcoming Presidential visit on Wednesday.

City Manager Tommy Gonzales led the news conference by thanking the community for their patience and understanding in the aftermath of the shooting the recovery of the victims.

“I’d like to thank the first responders for removing the bodies from the scene, yesterday at 3 p.m.,” Gonzales shared. “It was a priority both for the city council members and for the well being of all the family members.”

Gonzalez added that the vehicles would still remain in the parking lot for a few more days, as investigators were still processing the entire scene.

A somber Mayor Dee Margo shared the new count of those killed, adding the two who died today to the tally.

“Our hearts and prayers go out the families,” Margo said in his prepared statement.  The mayor also went on to say that the eight Mexican nationals killed in the shooting would not be overlooked.

“While borders may separate us, our grief transcends them…we will honor every victim like the members of our community,” Margo said. “El Paso is a family and we must stand united.”

“El Paso has shown that we are much stronger than this attack…this was an act of domestic terrorism, fueled by hate…and our diversity is what makes us special.

Mayor Margo then turned to the upcoming Presidential visit on Wednesday, and gave some details on his interaction with President Trump in the wake of the shooting.

“Donald Trump called me yesterday [Sunday]….he was gracious, he offered to help in any way he could,” Margo stated. “It was a brief call, and I made no requests at that time.

“I want to clarify,” Margo went on to say, “this is the office of the Mayor of El Paso – in an official capacity – welcoming the Office of the President, which I consider my official duty.”

Margo concluded by saying he will ask President Trump to support the recovery efforts with any and all resources available.

“Our recovery is no small task and together we will rise out of the tragedy,” Margo said. “I will continue to challenge any harmful and inaccurate statements about El Paso…I will not allow this evil and senseless act of violence to change what our community represents.”

El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen then took to the podium to confirm and release the names of all those killed in the shooting, and those already released from the hospital.

Allen shared that there were still 15 victims in the hospital, with two in critical condition and another nine having been discharged.  The youngest of the patients was an infant with broken bones.

Fire Chief Mario D’Agostino touched on the upcoming transition of the family reunification center to a family assistance center.  The center, now designated the ‘El Paso Strong Resilience Center’ will be part of the long-term recovery effort.

During the question and answer session, Chief Allen could not go into the details of the investigation, as investigators were still going over the extensive crime scene.

To view the news conference, click the button above.  The list of victims, as presented by EPPD, is below.

Andre Anchondo
Jordan Anchondo
Arturo Benavidez
Leonard Cipeda Campos
Maria Flores
Raul Flores
Jorge Calvillo
Adolfo Cerros
Alexander Gerhard Hoffman
David Alvah Johnson
Luis Alfonzo Juárez
María Eugenia Legarreta
Elsa Libera Márquez
Maribel Loya
Ivan Filiberto Manzano
Gloria Irma Marquez
Margie Reckard
Sara Esther Regalado
Javier Rodríguez
Teresa Sánchez
Angelina Silva-Elisbee
Juan Velázquez

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Senator Rodríguez Statement on President Trump’s Visit

In response to numerous inquiries regarding whether Senator Rodríguez opposes President Trump’s visit to El Paso on Wednesday, he has issued the following statement:

It depends on the nature of his visit. His hateful campaign rhetoric of the past is not welcome. I do welcome constructive dialogue on how the federal government can help the victims, families, and our community heal.

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City of Socorro Mayor Releases Statement Regarding Saturday Tragedy

“It still hasn’t settled in. Our Saturday morning started like any other weekend. Families went shopping for their groceries and school supplies. We always join other cities in support and prayers, but when it happens in one’s own city, it’s just unimaginable. I cannot find the right words to even attempt to express what we are all feeling now. So many questions unanswered, although our community was frightened; we will not be held back. El Paso is strong, El Paso is resilient, and El Pasoans are good people. I believe there are mostly good people in this world, and we can see that: through the long lines donating blood, local businesses coming together, and just people providing their support. The presence at the local vigils has been immense, and we must all stand together and united because we are all one. The City of Socorro and all the surrounding municipalities stand with El Paso. We are resilient, and we will not let hate define us.”-Mayor Elia Garcia

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El Paso Cultural Collective to Donate T-Shirt Profits to EPCF Victims Fund

Osaple, an El Paso-based cultural collective, will donate 100% of their profits from sales of its I “Star” EP t-shirts to the El Paso Community Foundation’s Victims Fund for the Walmart shooting which occurred this past Saturday, August 3.

“Our entire team has been emotionally devastated by the hateful and evil act that occurred in our city but the love that El Pasoans possess will help us all during our healing process. Our hearts and deepest love go out to all the victims and their loved ones,” said Gabriel Acuña, Osaple co-founder.

Anyone interested in purchasing a t-shirt can visit Proper Printshop at 800 Montana Avenue or order online via the following link:.

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8/5 UPDATE 3:35 p.m.

The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo leadership announced they will be donating $100k to the community fund to assist the victims and their families.  In addition, they announced that the proceeds from the upcoming Clint Black concert would be donated as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/5 UPDATE 2:35 p.m.

According to media reports and a filed Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) advisory, President Donald Trump is expected to visit the Sun City sometime Wednesday.  The White House has not released any details, however he is expected to visit Dayton, Ohio – scene of another mass shooting before heading to El Paso.

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Rep. Lina Ortega: President Trump is Not Welcome in El Paso

In response to reports that President Trump may be visiting El Paso this week, Representative Lina Ortega released the following statement:

“El Paso has been known to be one of the safest cities and communities in the United States. Our community is currently grieving and trying to heal from the massacre that took place at the Cielo Vista Walmart on Saturday, August 3rd. The motives of the shooter were inspired by the political climate of national leadership. There is a possibility Trump may be visiting El Paso. He should know that he is not welcomed in our community during this time of mourning, as his rhetoric has deeply hurt the El Paso community.

However, we expect that the President take the necessary steps and actions to reform gun laws to prevent future gun violence.”

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The El Paso Rhinos hockey team announced Monday afternoon their intent to donate $10k to the El Paso Community Fund for the victims and their families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8/5 UPDATE 11:35 a.m.

Via a simply worded Tweet, officials with the El Paso Police Department confirmed that the death toll from Saturday’s shooting now stands at 22; as one of the victims died in the hospital of their injuries.

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State Sen. José Rodríguez Cancels Legislative Town Halls

In light of the recent mass shooting tragedy in El Paso, State Sen. José Rodríguez has cancelled three legislative town halls that were scheduled to take place this week in El Paso, Marfa and Presidio this week. These town halls will be rescheduled for a later date. The details of the three cancelled events are below.

 

What: SD 29 Legislative Town Hall

When: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (MST), Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Where: Silva Magnet High School (Auditorium), 121 Val Verde St., El Paso, Texas 79905

What: SD 29 Legislative Town Hall

When: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. (CST), Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Where: Hotel Paisano (Ballroom), 207 N. Highland, Marfa, Texas 79843

What: SD 29 Legislative Town Hall

When: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. (CST), Thursday, August 8, 2019

Where: Presidio Senior Citizens Center, 1200 E. O’Reilly St., Presidio, Texas 79845

8/5 UPDATE 11:05 a.m.

State Bar of Texas seeks to educate the public about improper solicitation by an attorney after El Paso shooting 

AUSTIN — The State Bar of Texas seeks to remind the public that in many cases it is a crime in Texas for a lawyer or someone representing a lawyer to contact a person for purposes of legal representation if the person has not first requested the call or personal visit.

The contact is not illegal if the attorney is not seeking payment or has a preexisting professional-client or family relationship with the person being contacted.

If you witness something you believe to be improper solicitation, or barratry, please get the name and phone number of the person making contact and report it to your local law enforcement authority or to the State Bar of Texas Chief Disciplinary Counsel’s Office toll-free at 866-224-5999.

8/5 UPDATE 10:05 a.m.

El Paso’s own Khalid announced via twitter that he would be holding a benefit concert later this month.  Details will be announced at a later date.

Via an earlier tweet on Monday, Khalid shared his thoughts on the shooting, writing

“Over the past few days, my mind and heart have been heavy. Hearing/seeing an act of terrorism happen so close to home, my family, and my friends has been unbelievable and shocking. Singing “915” and “city of El Paso” on tour every night feels indescribable”

Khalid’s tweet announcing the benefit is below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Update on patients at Del Sol Medical Center

Of those involved, 11 victims were transported to Del Sol Medical Center. As of Sunday at 4:30 p.m. MT, eight patients remained hospitalized at Del Sol Medical Center, with five in stable condition and three in critical condition.

8/5 UPDATE 9:35 a.m.

El Paso Police announced that the death toll from Saturday’s mass shooting at Walmart increased by one, as one of the victims died in the hospital early Monday.

This additional death brings the total number of victims to 21.

Additionally, Clint ISD officials announced the death of one of their former students.  The family confirmed to CISD that 15-year-old Javier Amir Rodriguez was among the victims in Saturday’s Walmart shooting.

Rodriguez formerly attended Horizon High last year, and had been in CISD schools since Kindergarten.

Rodriguez’s family has started a GoFundMe account to assist in the costs during their hour of need.  To donate, click here.

Photo courtesy CISD/Rodriguez family

On their Facebook page, Clint ISD released the following statement.

We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of one of our students, Javier Amir Rodriguez, who formerly attended Horizon HS. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers are with his parents and family.

Clint ISD will have counselors available to support and comfort our students and staff.

Horizon High School will hold a vigil for Rodriguez at 6:30 p.m. at Emperor Stadium in Horizon.

Gallery: Thousands gather to remember victims of Walmart shooting

Sunday night, thousands of El Pasoans from all walks of life made their way to a baseball diamond in a park less than a mile from Saturday’s mass shooting, to remember the victims and to honor those who helped during the incident.

In the summer dusk, the crowd gathered, prayed, sung and heard stories from those who were there and those who helped.

Our very own Andres Acosta was at the ceremony and we bring you his view of the even in this gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

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