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Vikki Carr, Little Joe to headline ‘El Paso Strong Benefit Concert’ at Coliseum

El Paso native and immensely popular singer Vikki Carr will be returning to the Sun City to take part in a special benefit concert at the El Paso County Coliseum, organizers announced Friday morning.

Carr will join a lineup of well-liked borderland artists at the CommUNITY en Acción El Paso Strong Benefit Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, August 25, at the Coliseum, located at 4100 East Paisano.

Proceeds will be donated to the Paso del Norte Community Foundation’s El Paso Victims Relief Fund to support the victims of the August 3 shooting.

Also taking the stage will be Little Joe y la Familia, Los Rieleros del Norte, Mike Gonzalez y Mazz Tribute, Dirty River Boys, Archie Bell, Rick Trevino, Fusion 915 and Mariachi Los Toritos.

For the last six decades, El Paso-born Carr has been one of the world’s foremost classic entertainers. She has released more 60 best-selling recordings, won three Grammy Awards and has been honored with a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Covering a variety of genres, from her first love of jazz, to mainstream pop and country, her pioneering crossover into Latin music solidified her international stardom.

The 78-year-old television, stage and film actress, who also is a dedicated philanthropist, continues to perform across the country.

Little Joe Hernandez, 78, born in Temple, Texas, has long been a favorite in the El Paso area. He has entertained crowds around the world for more than 60 years, on 70 albums and in countless shows.

Little Joe y la Familia has won two Grammy Awards and one Latin Grammy Award.

Tickets are $20 and $50, plus fees, and are available at the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online.

CommUNITY en Acción is a non-profit organization of business and civic leaders, united in the purpose to improve the lives of El Paso’s Latino community. It has partnered with the foundation to establish a scholarship fund for the minor children of shooting victims who lost their lives.

UMC, EPCH update status of patients injured in August 3 Walmart shooting

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

As of today, five patients remain hospitalized at UMC.

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

 1 adult patient remains in critical condition and is receiving treatment in University Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit

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

 7 adult patients have been discharged from University Medical Center

 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

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

Officials added that another update would be provided “when there is a significant change in status of these patients.”

Replay – Community Memorial Service

Wednesday night, the City of El Paso is holding a Community Memorial Service in support of those injured and to pay respects to those lost in the mass shooting.

The memorial gathering starts at 7 p.m., will be held in downtown, as well as three simulcast sites around the city, on Wednesday, August 14, at Southwest University Park in downtown.

 WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Several temporary street closures will begin at 5 p.m. near the memorial sites. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the street closures. Appropriate traffic control measures will be in place to guide the traveling public.

Downtown Street Closures:

  • Santa Fe Street between Wyoming Avenue and San Antonio Avenue
  • Missouri Avenue between Durango Street and El Paso Street
  • W. Franklin Avenue between Santa Fe Street and El Paso Street

Ponder Park Street Closures:

  • Viscount Boulevard (one lane closed in each direction) from Sunmount to Bellrose Drive
  • WH Burges Drive from Ash Lane to Sun Mount Drive
  • Juniper Street from Edgemere Boulevard to WH Burges Drive
  • Catalpa Lane from WH Burges Drive to Viscount Boulevard

Memorial Sites

  • Doors will open at 6 p.m. at Southwest University Park, located at E. Franklin Avenue and Santa Fe Street. The public is encouraged to arrive no more than one hour prior to doors opening. The memorial program will be simulcast live at three satellite sites to accommodate all who wish to participate.
  • Live simulcasts will be at: the Convention Center, at Santa Fe Street and San Antonio Avenue; at Cleveland Square Park, at Santa Fe Street and Franklin Avenue; and at Ponder Park, at 7500 W.H. Burges Drive.

Parking/Transportation

  • Free parking provided at all metered parking spaces and at various parking garages located in Uptown and Downtown. Sun Metro will provide free transportation for people who park in uptown or at Glory Road.
  • At Ponder Park, the public may park in nearby GECU parking lot or on-street parking spaces

Learn more by visiting the city’s website.

Tenet Healthcare Foundation exceeds fundraising goal, Donates $350k to Victims’ Fund

Earlier this week, Tenet Healthcare Corporation presented a $350,000 donation to the El Paso Community Foundation to support victims and families affected by the tragic events on August 3.

“The El Paso Community is inspired by the outpouring of compassion shown by Tenet and the Hospitals of Providence,” said Eric Pearson, president of the El Paso Community Foundation. “This is a bittersweet embrace of our community, coming together in the wake of this tragedy.”

The gift was made by the Tenet Healthcare Foundation and will go directly to the El Paso Community Foundation’s Shooting Victims’ Relief Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Mr. Rittenmeyer said, “We have provided care to the El Paso Community for over 40 years. The response from our Tenet employees around the country as well as our business partners to support victims and their families in El Paso was immediate and heartwarming. I am extremely proud of our Tenet Family for their generosity and kindness to a community still suffering greatly from a truly senseless act.”

As previously announced, The Tenet Healthcare Foundation pledged to contribute $100,000 to the El Paso Community Foundation and provide an additional match for the first $50,000 in donations.

Through the generosity of employees and business partners, the final contribution of $350,000 far exceeded that initial commitment.

On Monday, Aug, 12, Tenet Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ron Rittenmeyer, along with colleagues from Tenet and The Hospitals of Providence, participated in a ceremony in El Paso to honor the community and those who lost their lives during the tragedy.

At the ceremony, which was held at The Hospitals of Providence East Campus and attended by caregivers and first responders, Mr. Rittenmeyer presented the donation to the El Paso Community Foundation.

With 5,300 team members in El Paso, Tenet is the city’s second-largest private employer. The company operates four acute care hospitals under The Hospitals of Providence brand and more than 50 outpatient centers, physician clinics and other care facilities throughout the area.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author:   – The Texas Tribune

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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.

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.

Sunday fundraisers for victims of last week’s Walmart shooting

From local artists to haircuts to local sports stars, Sunday has a variety of fundrasiers, but only one goal – donating to the victims’ funds in the wake of last week’s shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart.

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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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Haircuts for Donations

This Sunday 8/11 from 11am-5pm at Blessed Barber Studio East El Paso,

We will be cutting hair for Donations and 100% proceeds will be donated to the affected families of the tragedy that occurred 8/03 in El Paso.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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El Paso Strong Fundraiser at El Paso County Coliseum 1pm to 6pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

 

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.

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.

Gallery: Memorial held in Horizon City for student killed in Walmart mass shooting

On a warm, high desert night, Horizon High’s Emperor Stadium became a place of peace and remembrance as hundreds attended a memorial service for Javier Amir Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, a former HHS student who would have been a sophomore this year, was among the 22 people killed Saturday morning at the Cielo Vista Walmart mass shooting.

Far from the violence and terror of that day, family, friends, teachers, residents and dignitaries attended the service to celebrate Javier’s life and to console each other.

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

Photo gallery by Kevin Venegas, Photojournalist, El Paso Herald Post

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

Mayor issues a local disaster declaration after Walmart shooting that killed 20, Injured 26

Sunday afternoon, 24 hours after the worst mass shooting in El Paso history, Mayor Dee Margo issued a local disaster declaration.

Via a news release, the Mayor’s office stated that the declaration would help the city get much-needed assistance from both city and state entities.

What follows is the complete statement.

In light of the deadly mass shooting on August 3, 2019, El Paso Mayor Dee Margo has issued a Local Disaster Declaration. The declaration is effective immediately, August 4, 2019.

“This declaration of a local disaster activates the appropriate recovery efforts from the State necessary for the City to address the needs associated with this weekend’s tragedy. Our community has been resilient and we will not be defined by this weekend’s senseless act of violence,” said El Paso Mayor Dee Margo.

“We will stay united as we work through the long healing process. We are incredibly proud of all our local, state, and federal first responders.”

The impact of the shooting left multiple deaths and injuries in addition to property damage. The City of El Paso faces an exhaustion of resources for long-term recovery, including mental health issues affecting the community and first responders.

Issuing a local declaration of disaster triggers financial and physical assistance, and activates the City and County of El Paso’s emergency management plan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view the entire news conference, click play above.

UPDATE 8/4 9:40 p.m.

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

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

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

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Free Meals To First Responders and Blood Donors

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

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

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

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

UPDATE 8/4 9:05 p.m.

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

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

– UTEP President Diana Natalicio

UPDATE 8/4  7:05 p.m.

UMC, EPCH GIVE UPDATE ON PATIENTS FROM SHOOTING

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

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

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

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

Another update will be provided Aug. 5.

UPDATE 8/4  6:45 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPDATE 8/4 4:35 p.m.

MEDIA STATEMENT FROM DEL SOL MEDICAL CENTER

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

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

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

UPDATE 8/4 10:45 a.m.

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

UPDATE 8/4 10:35 a.m.

Sunday Vigil

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

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

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

UPDATE 8/4  8:15 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Letters to the Editor – 8/4

EL PASO LOSS

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

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

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

Take care of each other – “YOU ARE ONE”

JOANNE PARK, CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND

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J.W. King

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

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

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

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