El Paso shooting victims: Know their names, learn their stories
Presidential candidate and El Pasoan Beto O'Rourke speaks to the media after visiting victims at University Medical Center Saturday following a mass shooting at Walmart. El Paso Times
Editor's note: This story has been updated to include Guillermo "Memo" Garcia, who passed away April 25, 2020, from injuries suffered in the shooting.
EL PASO, TX -- Twenty-three people were killed and dozens were injured after a lone gunman went on a shooting rampage Saturday morning in a packed Walmart store in this border city, authorities said.
The suspect, identified by two law enforcement sources as Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, surrendered to officers and was being interviewed, police said. Allen is a suburb of Dallas, about 660 miles east of El Paso.
Authorities have identified all of the victims:
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Leonardo Campos Jr. and Maribel Campos
Rio Grande Valley native Leonardo Campos, 41, and his wife, Maribel Hernandez, 56, were among the deceased, according to a press release from Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District.
Campos' family confirmed his and his wife's deaths on Facebook.
According to The (McAllen) Monitor, Campos and the School Board President, Jesse Zambrano went to high school together. Campos graduated from PSJA High School in Pharr, Texas.
Zambrano was notified by the family, the school district confirmed to The Republic.
"We are sad to learn that one of our own was a victim of the El Paso shooting," Zambrano said in a statement. “Leo Campos was a great athlete and friend to many during his time at PSJA High. He was a goalie for the soccer team and a kicker for the football team. Leo was well liked and a role model to many athletes that looked up to him, including me. We ask for the entire PSJA community to join us in prayer."
"Rest in peace, hermano."
David Alvah Johnson
David Johnson, 63, died protecting his wife and 9-year-old granddaughter, according to his nephew Dominic Partridge.
His last words were spent telling his family to get down and then to run after they heard gunshots. Johnson was fatally shot, but he acted as a shield for his wife and granddaughter until they ran to safety.
"It was the ultimate selfless act," Partridge said. "That’s just who he was. He took care of his family until his last breath."
Johnson was a veteran and was married to his wife for more than 25 years, according to Partridge. He worked as a contractor — the kind of worker who never took a day off, Partridge said.
"I hope the world can see how much we loved him and how much of a great person he was," Partridge said.
Ivan Filiberto Manzano
The family of Ivan Manzano confirmed Sunday that he was among the victims. The from Ciudad Juarez resident had turned 41 three days before he was gunned down inside the Walmart.
Manzano's brother in law, Ernesto Camarillo, said El Paso police notified the family Sunday evening, after they waited for news all day at MacArthur Elementary School.
Manzano had walked into the Walmart at Cielo Vista Mall on Saturday morning to pick up a package he had ordered for his retail business, according to his aunt, Patricia Manzano.
The two had crossed from Juarez to El Paso around the same time that day, but she went shopping at another Walmart on the west side of town, she said.
Immediately after learning about the shooting, she returned to Juarez at the urging for her family. But a short time later, she received a call from her sister saying they were unable to locate Manzano.
"We assume that at 10 a.m. to 10:15, he walked into the Walmart, because in his Whatsapp messages, it shows that he was last connected at 10:21, and since then we haven't heard anything," Patricia Manzano said, wiping away tears before the family officially learned of her nephew's death.
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Jordan Anchondo and Andre Pablo Anchondo
Jordan Anchondo, 25, and her husband, Andre, were shot to death, apparently as she shielded her 2-month-old son from the gunfire.
Rep. Veronica Escobar, speaking on ABC's "This Week,'' described the woman's death but did not identify her. However, several others identified Jordan Anchondo, including her cousin, Brianna Contreras, to The Arizona Republic, part of the USA TODAY network.
Contreras on Monday confirmed to The Republic that Andre had also been confirmed dead. Andre's brother Tito also posted confirmation on his Facebook account.
The Associated Press reported Jordan's sister, Leta Jamrowski, had confirmed Jordan was shot while shopping for back-to-school supplies.
Jamrowski said Jordan Anchondo, a mother of three, was likely trying to shield her 2-month-old son and fell on him as she was shot. She said the infant suffered broken bones and was being treated at an El Paso hospital.
In several Facebook posts on Jordan's page, her mother, Misti Jamrowski, also confirmed the death and warned of at least one fake GoFundMe account had been started on behalf of the family.
Andre Anchondo was part owner in a family auto business called Colormaster Auto Body Shop.
Arturo Benavidez, a 59-year-old El Paso man was confirmed dead Sunday morning by two family members via social media.
According to one post, Benavidez was at the self-checkout line at Walmart while his wife, Patty, was in the restroom. She made it out and several family members took to social media to find his whereabouts.
By Sunday morning, one was informed that Benavidez hadn't made it out.
One of Benavidez' nieces told Buzzfeed News that he was an army veteran and a bus driver for Sun Metro, El Paso's public transit system.
They described their uncle, whose nickname was "Turi," as "a strong-willed, caring, giving, and special person."
An eyewitness describes seeing the shooter in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. El Paso Times
Javier Amir Rodriguez
15-year-old Javier Rodriguez was among the deceased, his aunt, Elvira Rodriguez, confirmed Sunday morning to The Republic.
Elvira Rodriguez said she and her family couldn't find Javier Rodriguez after the shooting. After visiting the reunification centers without any luck, like many others, she took to social media to see if any one had seen him.
They were informed by authorities in El Paso early Sunday afternoon that he had died, she said.
Clint ISD spokeswoman Laura Cade confirmed Javier was a freshman at Horizon High School during the 2018-2019 school year. He did not re-enroll for the school year Cade said, as his family informed the district they had moved to another part of town.
"He was such a loving boy," Elvira Rodriguez said in Spanish, weeping.
Javier Rodriguez loved to play soccer and did well in school, she added.
Clint ISD spokeswoman Laura Cade confirmed Javier was a student and the school is planning a vigil for Monday.
Sara Esther Regalado Moriel and Adolfo Cerros Hernández
Adolfo Cerros Hernandez and Sarah Ester Regaldo Morierl were among the Mexican nationals who were killed, the Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard confirmed Sunday afternoon.
Their daughter, Sandra Cerros, posted a Facebook status saying they were informed of their deaths at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
"We thank you infinitely for your prayers, your support, concern, calls and messages, they have been a great company during this crisis," she wrote. "We ask you to give us time to assimilate what happened, today we want to reserve ourselves from answering calls and messages, we have your understanding."
Their granddaughter, Vielka Yu, posted a photo of the couple on Facebook Saturday. She said they were in town shopping the last time she had heard from them.
Gloria Irma Márquez
The Mexican government also confirmed that Gloria Irma Márquez of Ciudad Juárez was among the dead. Amber Robles, a friend of Márquez's daughter, Roby Romero, made a Facebook post on Saturday asking for help in locating her.
Robles commented on the post Sunday afternoon to thank people for sharing her post and their prayers.
"May God help heal the pain the family is going through," Robles wrote.
María Eugenia Legarreta Rothe
An hour after tweeting out the initial list of victims, Ebrard identified María Eugenia Legarreta Rothe, of Chihuahua.
According to El Diario, a Spanish-language newspaper in El Paso, she was on her way to pick up her daughter at the airport before she stopped at the Walmart to make some purchases. She didn't make it out.
Elsa Mendoza de la Mora
Ebrard identified Elsa Mendoza de la Mora, of Yepomera, Chihuahua, as one of the victims.
Her husband, Antonio de la Mora posted a photo of them together Sunday morning, confirming that she had passed.
"I say goodbye to my partner, the most wonderful of women, a being full of light that will continue to illuminate our walk for the time that life has so arranged," he wrote. "... we will miss you my love!!!!"
Juan de Dios Velázquez Chairez
Ebrard identified Juan de Dios Velázquez Chairez, of Zacatecas, as one of the victims Monday morning.
According to El Diario, Velazquez Chairez' family was looking for him Sunday after not hearing from him since Saturday. The last place he was seen was at the Walmart.
El Heraldo de Chihuahua, a newspaper based in Chihuahua, Mexico, has him listed as on of the injured victims in an early Monday morning article. He was a pastor based in Juarez.
Guillermo 'Memo' Garcia
Guillermo "Memo" Garcia died April 25, nearly nine months after the Aug. 3 shooting.
Garcia and his wife, Jessica Coca Garcia, were with their daughter’s soccer team fundraising outside the Walmart when the gunman opened fire on Saturday morning bustling with back-to-school shoppers. Both parents were shot multiple times and the children were uninjured. Jessica Garcia suffered leg wounds and recovered.
El Paso officials confirmed Monday that Maria Flores, 77, Raul Flores, 77, Margie Reckard, 63, Alexander Gerhard Hoffman, 66, Teresa Sanchez, 82, Angelina Silva Englisbee, 86, Jorge Calvillo Garcia, 61 and Luis Alfonzo Juarez, 90, were also killed in the shooting.
Mexican national victims:
A total of eight Mexican nationals were killed, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador confirmed.
Among the injured, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard identified a family of three, a couple with their 10-year-old daughter from Chihuahua state. All three were taken to the University Medical Center.
Mario de Alba Montes, 45, was shot in the back. Olivia Mariscal Rodriguez, 45, was injured in her chest and hand, and Erika de Alba Mariscal, 10, was hospitalized with injuries to her leg.
Two other men and a woman from Juarez and the northern Mexican city of Torreon were also hospitalized, he said. No additional information about the extent of their injuries or their names were provided.
It is possible, Ebrard said, there were more Mexican nationals injured in the shooting.
"We are trying to locate other people that have been referred to us via telephone and who were on site," he said in a tweet. "As soon as we have official confirmation about where they are and their state of health, we'll also announce it."
Texas Governor Greg Abbott joined the El Paso Delegation at a press conference following a mass shooting that left 22 dead and 25 injured. El Paso Times
Outside Cielo Vista Mall, several people phoned home to Juarez following the shooting to let their relatives know they were okay, according to the El Paso Times.
In his video, President Lopez Obrador said he was surprised to hear of something like this happening in El Paso.
"El Paso is among the most calm cities in the U.S., with the least amounts of criminal activity," he said. "That's why this seems odd. I see it as something strange."
El Paso police tweet on official GoFundMe account
The El Paso Victims Relief Fund in the Paso del Norte Community Foundation will accept monetary donations to support victims and their families, according to their website.
Check back for updates on this developing story.
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