El Paso, Texas Rallies Together in the Wake of Tragedy
Over the weekend, a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas. The death toll increased to 22 on Monday, with dozens wounded. In a press conference, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas John Bash said prosecutors are treating the shooting “as a domestic terrorist case.”
Police have identified the 21-year-old shooter and linked him to a four-page post on 8chan, a site used by extremists to spread violent messages. Minutes before the shooting, the author wrote: “I’ll die today.” The post is described as “filled with white nationalist and racist hatred toward immigrants and Hispanics.”
Antonio Villaseñor-Baca is 23 and lives just a couple minutes from where the shooting took place. When he stepped out of his house yesterday, he said he was met with a silence that broke his heart. “But what stood out and has been so comforting is how the city has come together, to provide aid and relief to the victims and to condemn not just the terrorist and his actions but also the rhetoric that led up to his actions. That’s El Paso,” Villaseñor-Baca said.
Residents of the city and others who traveled to be there in the wake of the shooting have taken to Twitter to express support and solidarity for those who were affected by the weekend’s tragic event.
I am going to be giving free haircuts to all first responders. It is the least I can do to give back to this cities heroes. Please share 🙏🏼 #elpasostrong DM to set up appointments and will be posting specific days I will be working specifically for first responders to walk in. pic.twitter.com/I9r8Elyajt— Isaiah Rubio (@SnackDaddy_) August 4, 2019
She jumped at the chance to be able to help in some way ….after a softball game and 2 volleyball games, and 5 hours waiting… @danij_20 is sticking it out to donate blood. THIS IS EL PASO… THIS IS WHO WE ARE… #ElPasoStrong #RamTough ♥️ @MontwoodHS @MontwoodV @mhs_sb pic.twitter.com/UK576cKkk1— Vanessa Chavez (@Vanessie20) August 4, 2019