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Gallery: Resilience: Remembering August 3 exhibition at the El Paso Museum of History

On Friday morning, officials with the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the El Paso Museum of History opened their doors for a sneak peek of the Resilience: Remembering August 3 exhibition that is dedicated to the victims of the Walmart massacre.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Museum of History remains closed and the exhibition is available to the public via virtual means.

Museum officials did say, however, that they would be hosting private viewing for families of the victims.

For more information about all the upcoming memorial events, click here or  visit the city’s website.

Our very own Andres Acosta was there and we bring you his view of the special exhibit via this gallery.

 

Gallery: Cleveland Square August 3rd memorial Luminaria Walk

Thursday night, El Pasoans gathered in downtown’s Cleveland Square Park to remember and reflect on the approaching first anniversary of the August 3rd Walmart massacre.

For more information about all the upcoming memorial events, click here.

Our very own Andres Acosta was there and we bring you his view of the event via this gallery.

 

Bowie students help distribute luminarias for August 3 remembrance events

El Pasoans this weekend will mark the somber one-year anniversary of the Aug. 3 attack on our city by lighting traditional luminarias that were – at least in part – distributed by Bowie High School volunteers at Guillen.

The luminarias will stand in honor of the 23 people who died and the dozens who were injured by a gunman at the Cielo Vista Walmart on that day. The race-related shooting shook El Paso and the country and brought attention to issues of diversity in the United States.

“When I think of luminarias I think about El Paso,” said Jesus Ramirez of the Family Resilience Center, which provided the luminaria kits that Bowie cheerleaders and student-council members helped distribute during the Guillen mobile food pantry this week. “Growing up we were big on white candles – the church and healing process that comes with it. I feel it brings you hope more than anything.”

Participants are asked to light the luminarias starting at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, and Sunday, Aug. 2, for a virtual day of remembrance.

Now, with the help of and during the Hundreds of families lined up at the Guillen Middle mobile food distribution Tuesday collecting more than just milk and other necessities. This time, volunteers offered a luminaria kit to light this Sunday and Monday, offering hope and remembrance for the anniversary of the Aug. 3 shooting victims.

The El Paso United Family Resilience Center partnered with the County of El Paso, City of El Paso and other entities to remember the victims lost in the Walmart shooting through different events and activities. The luminaria remembrance includes a simultaneous drive-thru display at Ascarate Park as well as the at-home lighting remembrances.

The Bowie volunteers said they were more than happy to help distribute the luminarias.

“We’re here to show we care about our community and we are willing to do whatever it takes to help,” said Bowie StuCo president Cynthia Tarin. “I think the luminarias show we are respecting the victims and we will keep remembering them.”

For more information on the luminaria remembrance, click here.

Story by Gustavo Reveles  |  Photos by Leonel Monroy – EPISD
**For the record: A previous version of this story had incorrect dates, they have been corrected.

El Paso music collaborative to honor August 3 victims with new composition

Communities for Peace, a collaboration of El Paso’s leading music institutions, announced today that it has commissioned a new piece of music to honor the victims of the August 3, 2019 mass shooting in El Paso.

“We have come together to form Communities for Peace as an artistic response to the pain and shock our community felt on this tragic day,” the group said in a joint statement.

“Together, we are proud to commission a new work to acknowledge this horrific tragedy and offer consolation to our community.”

CFP officials share that the world premiere of the 22-minute cantata — one minute for each person killed in the attack — will be at 7:30 p.m. September 25-26, 2020 at the Plaza Theatre, as part of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s 90th anniversary season-opening concerts.

El Paso Requiem is the working title of the piece by Cuban-American composer Jorge Martin.

Martin is a versatile, award-winning composer whose works have been performed or commissioned by New York’s Center for Contemporary Opera, the Cecilia Chorus of New York, the Fort Worth Opera, the Florida Grand Opera, and tenor Brian Downen, a professor of voice at UTEP.

The performance will include a UTEP music department chorus and El Paso Opera soloists. The concerts will be conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, EPSO music director.

El Paso Opera, El Paso Pro-Musica, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and The University of Texas at El Paso Department of Music formed Communities for Peace as a positive response to the events of that tragic day, which left 22 dead and hundreds wounded or suffering trauma.

Communities for Peace is working with the El Paso Community Foundation to raise $15,000 for the completion of the project. Donations may be made via this link.

#ElPasoStrong inspires book of poems and prose by Jefferson High students

The tragic events of August 3 served as inspiration for a book of poems that captures the emotions and thoughts of Jefferson students and their impressions of how it changed the city forever.

English teacher Jim Riddle compiled the collection of poems in a book titled “915 #ElPasoStrong! A Silverfox Response to the Walmart Shooting” in hopes that they one day would appear on the shelves of Walmart and the very store where the 22 lives were lost among other locations.

“I asked them at the beginning of the year ‘do you think you would like to write something and I’ll put it in a book for you,’” Riddle said. “We can get it to the world and you can do something absolutely extraordinary during your high school career. You can show your grandchildren that you’re a published author.”

Riddle also worked with ESOL teacher Jose Ramos to include the poetic works of his English-learning class in their native language. Riddle is currently working on getting the book published and available for wide distribution so that more can read this generation’s viewpoint.

“Their voice makes a difference,” Riddle said. “Some of the things they write about will blow your mind. They have profound things to say throughout the book.”

He points to a few class exercises that helped get the creativity and words flowing onto the pages – sometimes examining thoughts of “when will El Paso change to be the same again” to “do we have to make racism wrong again?”

The book is filled with a gamut of emotions – from anger to sadness to fear. But much of the sentiment focused on the El Paso Strong feeling that blanketed the city after the tragedy.

“We all represent El Paso,” said junior Mia Ortega. “We have a voice of how we represent our city and ourselves. Our poems show we love our city. We love each other and we respect each other.”

Her poem “Stranger” captured the sentiment of the city and the evil never known before that day.

A stranger came to this place

A place where we embrace all race

That stranger had a gun

And many people had to run”

 

Blood on the ground

Many people all around

The loss of families and friends

We can never make amends

 

The president brought up the wall

And treated us like useless dolls

To activate the whites who have hate

And so a stranger knew where to locate

 

Walmart was a big place that had equality

Now it’s covered and protected by authority

Parents and children went for supplies

But some came back with painful cries

 

When Walmart open’s back up

We have to keep our heads up

Even though when we close our eyes

We can still hear the cries

 

We can still visualize

Where the bodies lie

Where our hopes nearly died

Including our El Paso pride

 

But one thing that can never be taken

Or even bring back that Satan

Our beliefs in our Community

Have brought opportunity

 

To believe that we are strong

For the president to be wrong

To know where we belong

That we are all El Paso Strong

Junior Andres Pippin also shared his thoughts of what it means to be El Paso Strong in his “915 Stands” poem but went a step further by changing his football number to 22 to honor the lives lost on that tragic day.

“El Paso is one of the most loving and caring cities,” he said. “There’s less crime and not too much to be afraid of here and for us to go through this.  I want to represent the people who lost friends and families and have a daily reminder of this.”

He felt it important to contribute to the collection and be a voice for his generation.

“We know how adults have reacted to it but it’s important that we know if kids are still feeling afraid, feeling vulnerable or maybe kids don’t like going to the store anymore because this happened. But for us to speak out loud is for us to represent that we live for the 915. We live for El Paso.”

Story and photo by Reneé de Santos &  Leonel Monroy – EPISD

Tom Lea students get special Valentine’s Day cards in response to Walmart tragedy

More than six months after the tragic attacks on El Paso, students throughout the country continue to shower EPISD schools with positive messages, support and even chocolate bars.

Tom Lea Elementary — which gained local and national recognition following the August 3 shootings after fourth-grade teacher Teresa Garrett asked the country on Facebook to send her students notes of support, garnering thousands upon thousands of mailed-in letters — is once again at the center of this love fest.

Missy Pint, a Kansas City high-school teacher, arranged for every Tom Lea Elementary student to receive a “sweet note” just in time for Valentine’s Day. Pint flew to El Paso last week to help deliver the sweet valentines to the nearly 900 students at the Northeast school.

“I felt appreciated … like I have friends from somewhere else even though they’re not with me here,” said Tom Lea fourth-grader Caiden Slider.

Pint, who created the Sweet Note Project several years ago to make sure no one felt left out on Valentine’s Day at retirement homes and homeless shelters, expanded her program to include students who have been victimized by mass shootings, including the one in Parkland, Fla.

Here in El Paso, the students at Tom Lea were treated with fun, positive Valentine’s Day cards with handwritten messages like I love you to the moon and backWithout you the world won’t be complete, and You are a treasure to the world.

Fourth-grader Gabriella Samaniego said she appreciated the note and the candy.

“I felt loved and that I have friends who support me in everything that I do,” she said.

Garrett hopes that students learn from Pint’s act of kindness to pay it forward.

Story by Liliana Gonzalez   |   Photos by Leonel Monroy  – EPISD

El Paso shooting suspect faces nearly 100 federal charges, including hate crimes

The man accused of killing 22 people during a mass shooting at a Walmart store in the border city last summer has been charged with nearly 100 federal crimes, John Bash, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, announced Thursday.

Patrick Crusius, the alleged gunman in the Aug. 3 massacre, already faces state capital murder charges for the racially motivated shooting spree that also wounded dozens.

He is charged federally with 22 counts of hate crimes resulting in death, 23 involving an attempt to kill and 45 charges of firing a weapon in relation to the hate crimes, according to an indictment of Crusius. The U.S. attorney’s office said that upon conviction, prosecutors will seek either the death penalty or life in prison.

Crusius allegedly published a manifesto in which he indicated the crime was motivated by hatred toward Hispanic Americans and immigrants. He also told authorities after he was arrested that he drove 10 hours from his home in Allen to kill Mexicans and ward off what he said was an invasion. Eight of the victims were Mexican nationals.

“On the morning after the attack I explained that this horrific crime met the federal definition of domestic terrorism, it was an attempt to intimidate or coerce a civilian population,” Bash said. “And I said that we would do at the Department of Justice what we always do with people who perpetuate terrorist attacks on this country — we would deliver swift and certain justice. Today marks a significant step in fulfilling that commitment.”

Crusius has since pleaded not guilty to the state charges and Bash said the federal prosecution would run concurrently to the state’s. Crusius is scheduled to make his first appearance in federal court Wednesday, Bash said. The federal case differs from the state’s in that Texas prosecutors are only pursuing only one charge that could lead to a death sentence. Bash said each of the federal charges of attempted murder or murder carry a maximum penalty of life in federal prison or death, respectively.

“Under our federal system of government, a person can be held liable for both federal and state crimes for the same act or set of acts,” Bash said.

In the days following the shooting, Mexican officials said they wanted to be a part of the investigation and be kept informed about its process because of the fact that Mexicans were targeted.

Bash said he has been in contact with Mexican officials and would keep them up to speed.

“I am not going to go into detail but we have met with Mexican officials during the course of this investigation and our goal is to keep them as informed as possible,” he said.

It’s unclear if the federal trial would take place in El Paso or whether Crusius and his attorneys would request a change of venue, as has been mentioned at the state level. Bash said those decisions would be up to the judge in the case.

The shooting has reignited the debate over gun control and whether people should have access to weapons that can cause such carnage. According to the indictment, Crusius bought a Romanian variant of the AK-47 online and also purchased 1,000 hollow point rounds.

The shooting has also caused Democratic lawmakers to draw attention to President Trump’s rhetoric on immigration, which some lawmakers have said contribute to hate crimes against immigrants and Hispanics.

During her Spanish-language rebuttal to the president’s State of the Union speech Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-El Paso, made a direct correlation to Trump’s words and the shooting.

“On August 3rd of last year, El Paso suffered from the deadliest targeted attack against Latinos in American history. A domestic terrorist confessed to driving over 10 hours to target Mexicans and immigrants,” she said. “Just before he began his killing spree, he posted his views online and used hateful language like the very words used by President Trump to describe immigrants and Latinos. That day, the killer took 22 innocent lives, injured dozens, and broke all of our hearts.”

Author – JULIÁN AGUILAR – The Texas Tribune

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Pope Francis gives Bishop Seitz 50 rosaries for the fallen, injured in August 3 Walmart massacre

Bishop Seitz returned from his Ad Limina visit at the Vatican with a gift from the Holy Father, Pope Francis, for the victim’s families and the injured victims of the tragedy at Walmart on August 3rd.

During his two and a half-hour audience with the Holy Father, along with the Region X Bishops of Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, Bishop Seitz requested that the Holy Father keep in his prayers the victims and the families of those affected by the events on August 3rd.

Following the meeting with the Region X Bishops, the Holy Father gave Bishop Seitz 50 rosaries that he had blessed to give as a personal gift from himself to those affected by those horrific events on August 3rd.

The Diocese of El Paso is requesting the shooting victims, specifically those 22 families who lost a loved one, and those who were injured during the tragedy, to reach out to the office of the bishop so that his office can receive a family and victim list and contact information. One rosary will be given to each family of the fallen and one rosary to those surviving victims.

The Diocese will be holding a small prayer vigil on February 6th at 5pm at the Pastoral Center Memorial to mark the six month since the tragedy.

For those families who choose to attend, Bishop Seitz will hand-deliver the gifts from The Holy Father, Pope Francis, at that time. The Diocese will also make arrangements for Bishop Seitz to hand-deliver these gifts at a later time of their choosing for those who cannot attend the vigil.

Memorial celebrates life of Austin alumna killed in August 3rd attack

The life and legacy of an Austin High School alumna killed in the August 3 attack at the Cielo Vista Walmart was celebrated on Thursday during a poignant memorial that united her family with a new generation of Panthers.

Maribel Hernandez-Loya, a 1980 graduate, and her husband Leo Campos died that tragic August day. Her brother reminisced about her life and time at Austin – telling students of the good times they had in the very same gym that hosted the memorial, cheering on their fellow Panthers at pep rallies.

“I want her to be remembered as a beacon of what was happening here at Austin High School in the 1980s – goodness, happiness, no hate,” her brother Albert Hernandez said. “We don’t want her to be remembered by what happened on Aug. 3. We want her to be remembered as a beacon of light, a beacon of peace.”

The memorial was a project led by a group of Austin’s Panther New Tech/Sandra Day O’Connor Public Service Academy students who wanted to do something to honor one of their own.

“We wanted to figure out a way to honor her and celebrate her life,” said senior Dylan Mauldin. “One message we want students to walk away with is that no matter what generation you’re from, what year you graduated, no matter what you do or what your race, culture or religion is, we are one big family. Everyone respects each other here.”

Mauldin and student organizers offered words of hope, often touching on what it means to be a Panther and the culture that is now known as El Paso Strong.

“We know we can’t replace her, but we can support each other, celebrate her life and heal together,” senior Francesca Ramirez told the family before presenting them with flowers and a framed photo of Hernandez-Loya taken during her sophomore year at Austin.

Mariachis, the choir and the jazz band contributed to the uplifting tribute. The Austin High-based Nueva Frontera band perfectly ended the ceremony with a bilingual rendition of the song “We Belong Together,” made famous by Ritchie Valens.

“This represents our community,” said Yvette Shibley, Hernandez-Loya’s daughter.

“Not only are they sharing their love and extending it to my mom even though she had been out of school for a long time, there are also sharing it with her extended family. It’s been very touching. They’ve embraced us and there’s nothing better than that right now.”

But more importantly for Shibley is the legacy of this next generation and the difference they can make by spreading their love and acceptance. She finds that the majority of mass shooting assailants happen to be in the age group just older than the current class of high-school students. For her, the ceremony offered a sign of hope.

“I’m hoping these kids right now are going to take over that generation and take over all the craziness we’ve had in the past few years,” Shibley said. “They are trying to support us but more than anything I want to support them because we are counting on them. This our future.”

Story by Reneé De Santos   |   Photos by Leonel Monroy – EPISD

El Paso OEM, Emergence Health Network launch new ‘El Paso Strong’ Campaign

As the El Paso community continues to heal after the August 3rd shooting, the El Paso Office of Emergency Management, along with Emergence Health Network and other community partners, have launched an informational campaign designed to remind borderland residents that help is available, especially during the holiday season.

“Although it’s been a few months since the shooting rattled our community, we know the healing process will take some time. EHN along with our other community partners want to remind residents that seeking help is one of the first steps towards recovery now and in the months to come,” said Kristi Daugherty, CEO Emergence Health Network.

The 12-month multi-media campaign is designed to let victims, families, first responders and the entire community know that there is support available for those coping with psychological and emotional effects associated with the mass shooting.

This effort includes local members of the community speaking about their feelings of loss and healing; and encouragement for other residents to be El Paso Strong and seek help.

“Our community has been through a lot and the trauma that we suffered that day, whether directly or indirectly is not something that goes way quickly. Some residents may experience triggers, such as the holidays that can be emotionally challenging, “said Jorge Rodriguez, Assistant El Paso Fire Department Chief/Office of Emergency Management. “Not only do we encourage residents to seek help, but to also share these videos on their social media pages. We are El Paso Strong, but together we are stronger.”

The year-long campaign features radio and television spots, along with digital displays and relies heavily on social media to get the message out in our community.

More information on the new program is available on the El Paso Strong website; to view all the videos, click here.

One Fund El Paso approves funding for victims of August 3 mass shooting

On Monday, the One Fund El Paso Task Force announced the final distribution of $11,518,558.30 in donated funds to victims of the August 3, 2019 mass shooting in El Paso.

The National Compassion Fund is handling the distribution of the funds donated after the shooting, which left 22 people dead.

Total donations to One Fund El Paso were $11,833,588.30, with $315,000 being utilized to provide immediate assistance to victims confirmed by law enforcement between August and November.

The remaining $11,518,588.30 is being distributed among approved applicants for funding.

A total of 363 applications, out of 441 received, were approved by the National Compassion Fund for the non-taxable gifts, which were donated by thousands of caring individuals, businesses and organizations from the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez-Las Cruces borderplex, the United States and around the world.

Applications had to meet the requirements outlined in the Final Protocol to receive approval. Denials occurred for several reasons, including, but not limited to, incomplete applications after several contact attempts, not being present, or not having received specified medical services.

Approved applications were received from American and Mexican citizens.

According to the Final Protocol, victims could apply for benefits in one of four categories — death; long-term injury; short-term injury; and psychological trauma.

The identities of the recipients and the amounts that will be allocated in each category will not be revealed in order to protect the privacy and security of victims and their families.

“The significant funds raised is a testament to the strength and generosity of this community,” said Jeffrey R. Dion, Executive Director of the National Compassion Fund, which administered One Fund El Paso. “We are extremely grateful to the community partners who helped survivors submit their applications, and those who validated victims’ presence and treatment to instill confidence in our process.”

“One Fund El Paso, the collaboration between the El Paso Community Foundation and the Paso del Norte Community Foundation, has demonstrated the unity that is so characteristic of El Paso,” added One Fund El Paso Coordinator Stephanie Karr, former director of the Center Against Family and Sexual Violence.

“The generosity of donors, compassion of individuals and many acts of kindness have helped alleviate the pain and anguish of our families. I am most proud of the work of the One Fund El Paso Task Force, which did the hard work of navigating how best to distribute the collected funds in a fair and transparent manner.”

Officials also remind the public that on December 19, the United Way of El Paso County and the County of El Paso will open the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center, 6314 Delta Drive. It will offer ongoing programs, services and support to those impacted by the shooting.

Go to elpasounited.org, or call 915-533-2434, ext. 220 for more information.

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

One Fund El Paso contracted with the National Compassion Fund and established a task force of representatives of charitable, governmental and nonprofit entities to set policies and provide a recommendation to the One Fund El Paso Board of Directors for the fair distribution of funds in the most transparent manner.

The administrative costs of One Fund El Paso are being paid for by the El Paso Community Foundation and Paso del Norte Community Foundation to ensure that 100% of donated funds went to victims and their families.

WellMed Charitable Foundation presents $575k donation for victims of El Paso tragedy

On Wednesday, officials with WellMed Charitable Foundation (WCF) donated over $575,000 to the El Paso Strong fund, set up to help victims of the August 3 Walmart massacre.

WellMed presented the check to City Representative Henry Rivera and Paso del Norte Community Foundation CEO, Tracy Yellen at WellMed’s new location at 615 Zaragoza.

The gift represents the largest donation from one group to Paso del Norte for One Fund El Paso.  Three of the 22 victims killed in the El Paso shooting were WellMed patients.

Soon after the tragedy, the WCF set up the El Paso Strong fund and asked WellMed employees to donate to help victims and families. WellMed matched donations from WellMed employees. Employees in all WellMed markets contributed to the El Paso Strong fund.

Additionally, WellMed founder Dr. George Rapier and his wife Kym pledged $500,000 to the El Paso Strong fund to help victims of the El Paso shooting and their families.

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation established the El Paso Victims Relief Fund in the hours after the shooting to support victims and their families. The PDN Community Foundation is working with One Fund El Paso to distribute the philanthropic resources to victims and families.

The WellMed Charitable Foundation (WCF) is the philanthropic partner of WellMed Medical Management, Inc., a large health care company that specializes in care of older adults, serving more than 600,000 patients in more than a dozen communities in Florida, New Mexico and Texas, including El Paso.

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

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

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

Email onefundelpaso@nationalcompassionfund.org to request an appointment.

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

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

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

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

The following agencies are offering application assistance through November 8:

EL PASO

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

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

Ask to speak with Outreach and Enrollment Assisters

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

Contact: Maria Lopez, malopez@epcounty.com

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

Contact: Jacqueline Flores, jflores@epccinc.org

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

Contact: Betty Avila, bavila@epcgc.org

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

Contact: Linda Corchado, lindacorchado@lasamericas.org

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

Email casemanagers@projectbravo.org

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

Contact: Gracie Martinez, gmartinez@trla.org

CIUDAD JUAREZ

No appointment necessary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

El Paso area Denny’s donates to the El Paso Victims Relief Fund

Throughout the month of August, El Paso area Denny’s accepted in-store donations to benefit the Paso del Norte Community Foundation’s El Paso Victims Relief Fund.

More than $2,400 was raised to help the victims and their families on August 3rd following the tragedy.

“It was important to do our part to help the community come together to support those affected by the tragic event,” said Del Phillips, Regional Manager for the Franchise organization OK Inc.

“Posters were available at all the local Denny’s to have customers donate their change to change lives, which is Denny’s Community Cents program motto.”

Denny’s District Manager Jalil Ashrafzadeh along with other Denny’s managers gathered at one of the Denny’s locations on Wednesday, October 16th to present a check to Paso del Norte Community Foundation’s Vice President of Development, Mica Short.

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