City Manager Tommy Gonzalez talks to the press, as Mayor Margo (lf) prepares to speak.
This story will serve as an update for the events, comments and other information that comes into our newsroom on Monday.
8/5 UPDATE 5:15 p.m.
During a Monday afternoon briefing, city officials, law enforcement and other first responders gave an update on the injured, dead and the upcoming Presidential visit on Wednesday.
City Manager Tommy Gonzales led the news conference by thanking the community for their patience and understanding in the aftermath of the shooting the recovery of the victims.
“I’d like to thank the first responders for removing the bodies from the scene, yesterday at 3 p.m.,” Gonzales shared. “It was a priority both for the city council members and for the well being of all the family members.”
Gonzalez added that the vehicles would still remain in the parking lot for a few more days, as investigators were still processing the entire scene.
A somber Mayor Dee Margo shared the new count of those killed, adding the two who died today to the tally.
“Our hearts and prayers go out the families,” Margo said in his prepared statement. The mayor also went on to say that the eight Mexican nationals killed in the shooting would not be overlooked.
“While borders may separate us, our grief transcends them…we will honor every victim like the members of our community,” Margo said. “El Paso is a family and we must stand united.”
“El Paso has shown that we are much stronger than this attack…this was an act of domestic terrorism, fueled by hate…and our diversity is what makes us special.
Mayor Margo then turned to the upcoming Presidential visit on Wednesday, and gave some details on his interaction with President Trump in the wake of the shooting.
“Donald Trump called me yesterday [Sunday]….he was gracious, he offered to help in any way he could,” Margo stated. “It was a brief call, and I made no requests at that time.
“I want to clarify,” Margo went on to say, “this is the office of the Mayor of El Paso – in an official capacity – welcoming the Office of the President, which I consider my official duty.”
Margo concluded by saying he will ask President Trump to support the recovery efforts with any and all resources available.
“Our recovery is no small task and together we will rise out of the tragedy,” Margo said. “I will continue to challenge any harmful and inaccurate statements about El Paso…I will not allow this evil and senseless act of violence to change what our community represents.”
El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen then took to the podium to confirm and release the names of all those killed in the shooting, and those already released from the hospital.
Allen shared that there were still 15 victims in the hospital, with two in critical condition and another nine having been discharged. The youngest of the patients was an infant with broken bones.
Fire Chief Mario D’Agostino touched on the upcoming transition of the family reunification center to a family assistance center. The center, now designated the ‘El Paso Strong Resilience Center’ will be part of the long-term recovery effort.
During the question and answer session, Chief Allen could not go into the details of the investigation, as investigators were still going over the extensive crime scene.
To view the news conference, click the button above. The list of victims, as presented by EPPD, is below.
Leonard Cipeda Campos
Alexander Gerhard Hoffman
David Alvah Johnson
Luis Alfonzo Juárez
María Eugenia Legarreta
Elsa Libera Márquez
Ivan Filiberto Manzano
Gloria Irma Marquez
Sara Esther Regalado
Senator Rodríguez Statement on President Trump’s Visit
In response to numerous inquiries regarding whether Senator Rodríguez opposes President Trump’s visit to El Paso on Wednesday, he has issued the following statement:
It depends on the nature of his visit. His hateful campaign rhetoric of the past is not welcome. I do welcome constructive dialogue on how the federal government can help the victims, families, and our community heal.
City of Socorro Mayor Releases Statement Regarding Saturday Tragedy
“It still hasn’t settled in. Our Saturday morning started like any other weekend. Families went shopping for their groceries and school supplies. We always join other cities in support and prayers, but when it happens in one’s own city, it’s just unimaginable. I cannot find the right words to even attempt to express what we are all feeling now. So many questions unanswered, although our community was frightened; we will not be held back. El Paso is strong, El Paso is resilient, and El Pasoans are good people. I believe there are mostly good people in this world, and we can see that: through the long lines donating blood, local businesses coming together, and just people providing their support. The presence at the local vigils has been immense, and we must all stand together and united because we are all one. The City of Socorro and all the surrounding municipalities stand with El Paso. We are resilient, and we will not let hate define us.”-Mayor Elia Garcia
El Paso Cultural Collective to Donate T-Shirt Profits to EPCF Victims Fund
Osaple, an El Paso-based cultural collective, will donate 100% of their profits from sales of its I “Star” EP t-shirts to the El Paso Community Foundation’s Victims Fund for the Walmart shooting which occurred this past Saturday, August 3.
“Our entire team has been emotionally devastated by the hateful and evil act that occurred in our city but the love that El Pasoans possess will help us all during our healing process. Our hearts and deepest love go out to all the victims and their loved ones,” said Gabriel Acuña, Osaple co-founder.
8/5 UPDATE 3:35 p.m.
The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo leadership announced they will be donating $100k to the community fund to assist the victims and their families. In addition, they announced that the proceeds from the upcoming Clint Black concert would be donated as well.
8/5 UPDATE 2:35 p.m.
According to media reports and a filed Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) advisory, President Donald Trump is expected to visit the Sun City sometime Wednesday. The White House has not released any details, however he is expected to visit Dayton, Ohio – scene of another mass shooting before heading to El Paso.
Rep. Lina Ortega: President Trump is Not Welcome in El Paso
In response to reports that President Trump may be visiting El Paso this week, Representative Lina Ortega released the following statement:
“El Paso has been known to be one of the safest cities and communities in the United States. Our community is currently grieving and trying to heal from the massacre that took place at the Cielo Vista Walmart on Saturday, August 3rd. The motives of the shooter were inspired by the political climate of national leadership. There is a possibility Trump may be visiting El Paso. He should know that he is not welcomed in our community during this time of mourning, as his rhetoric has deeply hurt the El Paso community.
However, we expect that the President take the necessary steps and actions to reform gun laws to prevent future gun violence.”
The El Paso Rhinos hockey team announced Monday afternoon their intent to donate $10k to the El Paso Community Fund for the victims and their families.
8/5 UPDATE 11:35 a.m.
Via a simply worded Tweet, officials with the El Paso Police Department confirmed that the death toll from Saturday’s shooting now stands at 22; as one of the victims died in the hospital of their injuries.
State Sen. José Rodríguez Cancels Legislative Town Halls
In light of the recent mass shooting tragedy in El Paso, State Sen. José Rodríguez has cancelled three legislative town halls that were scheduled to take place this week in El Paso, Marfa and Presidio this week. These town halls will be rescheduled for a later date. The details of the three cancelled events are below.
What: SD 29 Legislative Town Hall
When: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (MST), Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Where: Silva Magnet High School (Auditorium), 121 Val Verde St., El Paso, Texas 79905
What: SD 29 Legislative Town Hall
When: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. (CST), Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Where: Hotel Paisano (Ballroom), 207 N. Highland, Marfa, Texas 79843
What: SD 29 Legislative Town Hall
When: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. (CST), Thursday, August 8, 2019
Where: Presidio Senior Citizens Center, 1200 E. O’Reilly St., Presidio, Texas 79845
8/5 UPDATE 11:05 a.m.
State Bar of Texas seeks to educate the public about improper solicitation by an attorney after El Paso shooting
AUSTIN — The State Bar of Texas seeks to remind the public that in many cases it is a crime in Texas for a lawyer or someone representing a lawyer to contact a person for purposes of legal representation if the person has not first requested the call or personal visit.
The contact is not illegal if the attorney is not seeking payment or has a preexisting professional-client or family relationship with the person being contacted.
If you witness something you believe to be improper solicitation, or barratry, please get the name and phone number of the person making contact and report it to your local law enforcement authority or to the State Bar of Texas Chief Disciplinary Counsel’s Office toll-free at 866-224-5999.
8/5 UPDATE 10:05 a.m.
El Paso’s own Khalid announced via twitter that he would be holding a benefit concert later this month. Details will be announced at a later date.
Via an earlier tweet on Monday, Khalid shared his thoughts on the shooting, writing
“Over the past few days, my mind and heart have been heavy. Hearing/seeing an act of terrorism happen so close to home, my family, and my friends has been unbelievable and shocking. Singing “915” and “city of El Paso” on tour every night feels indescribable”
Khalid’s tweet announcing the benefit is below.
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Over the past few days, I’ve been thinking of ways to help out and support the city.
I’m planning for a benefit concert later this month, all of the proceeds will go to the families affected by the shooting. Sending everyone my love and will keep you guys updated
— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) August 5, 2019
Update on patients at Del Sol Medical Center
Of those involved, 11 victims were transported to Del Sol Medical Center. As of Sunday at 4:30 p.m. MT, eight patients remained hospitalized at Del Sol Medical Center, with five in stable condition and three in critical condition.
8/5 UPDATE 9:35 a.m.
El Paso Police announced that the death toll from Saturday’s mass shooting at Walmart increased by one, as one of the victims died in the hospital early Monday.
This additional death brings the total number of victims to 21.
Additionally, Clint ISD officials announced the death of one of their former students. The family confirmed to CISD that 15-year-old Javier Amir Rodriguez was among the victims in Saturday’s Walmart shooting.
Rodriguez formerly attended Horizon High last year, and had been in CISD schools since Kindergarten.
Rodriguez’s family has started a GoFundMe account to assist in the costs during their hour of need. To donate, click here.
On their Facebook page, Clint ISD released the following statement.
We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of one of our students, Javier Amir Rodriguez, who formerly attended Horizon HS. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers are with his parents and family.
Clint ISD will have counselors available to support and comfort our students and staff.
Horizon High School will hold a vigil for Rodriguez at 6:30 p.m. at Emperor Stadium in Horizon.