• October 19, 2021
 UTEP’s Day of the Dead Altar to honor August 3rd Victims

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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.

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