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El Paso Shooting

Andre and Jordan Anchondo were expecting houseguests for a barbecue last Saturday. It was supposed to be a triple celebration. Andre had just finished building their new home, the couple was celebrating their first wedding anniversary and their daughter was turning 6.

Before the barbecue, they dropped by Walmart to grab school supplies and food for the party. But all of their plans and celebrations shattered in an instant of violence.

For El Paso Sports Fans, An Evening Of Healing At The Ballpark

Aug 8, 2019
Norma Martinez / Texas Public Radio

Just over 6,000 fans gathered at Southwest University Park Wednesday evening to cheer on their beloved Triple-A team, the Chihuahuas, as they took on the Round Rock Express.

Before the national anthem, the Chihauhaus held a moment of silence for the 22 people who died in Saturday's shooting at a local Walmart. The team also honored Robert Evans, the manager of that Walmart.

Evans said he was glad the team went forward with their game as scheduled, four days after the shooting.

El Paso Walmart Manager Describes The Moment The Shooting Started

Aug 8, 2019
Andrew Schneider | Houston Public Media

Robert Evans is the manager of the Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso. He was on duty on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 3, when he saw a man raise a weapon and shoot dozens of people, ultimately killing 22. Houston Public Media’s Andrew Schneider spoke with Evans on the sidelines of an El Paso Chihuahuas baseball game. It was the Minor League team’s first home game since the tragedy.

Warning: This conversation contains graphic descriptions of violence.

Schneider: What can you tell us about what you remember of the day of the attack?

People protesting President Trump's visit to El Paso.
Mallory Falk | KERA

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited El Paso Wednesday afternoon to meet with first responders and survivors of Saturday’s mass shooting.

Those who greeted the president included Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. John Cornyn, Sen. Ted Cruz and El Paso Mayor Dee Margo.

Residents, however, turned out in force to protest the visit.

Some died trying to protect a loved one or newborn baby from a hail of bullets. Others were killed alongside their spouse as they made routine weekend purchases. Parents were slaughtered while doing back-to-school shopping.

Stories of self-sacrifice, heroism and devastating loss are emerging following the gun massacre on Saturday that killed at least 22 people who came from both sides of the border to a Walmart store in the predominantly Hispanic city of El Paso, Texas.

A women pauses at the memorial for the 22 people who died in a mass shooting in El Paso.
Carlos Morales | Marfa Public Radio

In El Paso, emotions are still raw after a mass shooting at a Walmart left 22 people dead — many of them Mexican and Mexican-American.

Courtesy Carlos Morales

A vigil in El Paso on Monday celebrated the life of Javier Amir Rodriguez, age 15 — the youngest victim of Saturday's mass shooting at a Walmart.

El Paso Grieves After Shooting

Aug 6, 2019

Vigils have begun to honor the victims of the weekend shooting in El Paso, Texas. Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Texas State Rep. Joe Moody (@moodyforelpaso), a Democrat who represents El Paso.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

The border town of El Paso, TX with Juarez, Mexico in the background south of the Rio Grande River.
Ron Reiring | Flickr / https://flic.kr/p/U6B7QD

The death toll from the El Paso shooting rose to 22 on Monday. The tragedy has deeply resonated with people throughout the nation, including TPR Morning Edition host Norma Martinez. She is from El Paso, and she offers these personal reflections on her community.

Two El Paso community members embrace at a vigil remembering Javier Rodriguez, who died in the mass shooting on Saturday Aug. 3.
Carlos Morales | Marfa Public Radio

El Paso is a border town with a predominately Hispanic population and a culture linked to both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. And now the community feels like it is being targeted because of that.