Tag: El Paso (Tex)

Terror on Both Sides of the Rio Grande

MEXICO CITY — As schools resumed classes last week, teachers, students and parents arrived at Rafael Veloz Elementary in Ciudad Juárez wearing white, holding hands and weeping. The school’s head teacher, Elsa Mendoza Márquez, had been killed on Aug. 3 in the mass shooting in El Paso. The parents had to explain to their young […]

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‘My World Has Now Stopped’: How One Family Is Recovering From a Mass Shooting

EL PASO — They stand beside him, smoothing his black hair, holding his hands, massaging his feet and making him laugh. Mario De Alba’s loved ones have kept this bedside vigil inside an El Paso hospital room, 28 days and counting, for the washer-and-dryer repairman now called the Hero of Chihuahua. Mr. De Alba was […]

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A Call With the President Gets the N.R.A. Results

WASHINGTON — President Trump spent at least 30 minutes on the phone Tuesday with Wayne LaPierre, the chief executive of the National Rifle Association, the latest conversation in an aggressive campaign by gun rights advocates to influence the White House in the weeks since the back-to-back mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. The call ended […]

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El Paso, Two Weeks Later

Two weeks after a killer drove over 600 miles to kill Mexicans at an El Paso Walmart, the husband of one of the 22 victims was joined by members of our community at his wife’s funeral service. Antonio Basco and Margie Reckard had no other family living in town, so he invited us to stand […]

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His Only Relative Was Killed in the El Paso Massacre. He Has Invited the City to Her Funeral.

When his wife was killed in the El Paso shooting this month, Antonio Basco lost not only his spouse of 22 years, but also his only relative. With no other family, Mr. Basco told a funeral home that he wanted to invite the public to attend the visitation and prayer service on Friday for his […]

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They Died Shielding Their Baby in El Paso. Their Family’s Anguish Was Only Beginning.

EL PASO — She was a young mother, busy juggling family dinners, cheerleading practices and trips to the park with her three small children. He was a self-starter who had opened his own business and spent months painstakingly renovating a house for his family, with three bedrooms and granite countertops in the kitchen. Before they […]

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In a Suffering City, an El Paso Priest Needed a Message of Hope

EL PASO — The Rev. Fabian Marquez had not slept much. Whenever he closed his eyes, his mind filled with the faces he saw draining of hope as they learned their relatives had been killed. His week had been a string of vigils, rosaries, memorial services and funeral planning sessions. Still, he had another community […]

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After El Paso Shooting, Will Voters Revisit Beto O’Rourke?

EL PASO — As Beto O’Rourke waded through a crowd that had gathered Thursday night to honor victims of the mass shooting in El Paso, the struggling presidential candidate was welcomed as a hometown hero. “Beto!” someone shouted, addressing this city’s former congressman. “Thank you for being our voice!” Mr. O’Rourke shook hands and paid […]

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Surgeons Labored to Save the Wounded in El Paso Mass Shooting

The woman, grievously wounded in the mass shooting at a Walmart, lay on an operating table at the University Medical Center of El Paso as the chief of surgery, Dr. Alan Tyroch, turned her to clean the exit wounds. He knew what to expect, but it was still a horrific sight. She had two gaping […]

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What Makes an American?

One man likens immigrants to snakes, frets that they will never “go back to their huts,” and insists that they threaten “jobs, wages, housing, schools, tax bills” and more. Another sees a “Hispanic invasion,” fears that it will bring the “cultural and ethnic replacement of Americans,” and warns that the foreign influx endangers “our way […]

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Was Trump’s El Paso Visit a Turning Point?

EL PASO — If consoling the nation in a time of desperate need is a vital and yet simple task of the American presidency, Donald J. Trump failed miserably this week. From his flight on Wednesday to Dayton, Ohio, to this sprawling high-desert city on the Mexican border, the 45th occupant of the White House […]

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At the Walmart in El Paso, Serving Shoppers Meant Saving Them

The El Paso Walmart store manager, Robert Evans, was taking a break outside when he heard the first shots. He saw one person fall to the ground in the parking lot, then another. A group of girls on a soccer team who were collecting donations by the store’s front door started running and screaming. Then […]

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Trump Visits the Grieving, and Stokes Divisions

DAYTON, Ohio — President Trump began a day set aside for healing in Dayton and El Paso by lashing out against his political rivals and the news media, employing the kind of divisive language that prompted protests in both cities even before he arrived. He mocked Beto O’Rourke, a Democratic candidate for president who once […]

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The Long History of the El Paso Attack

In the cities and towns of California, Colorado, Arizona and other Western states, there are countless highways of memory leading back to El Paso. That Texas border town on the Rio Grande, site of a horrific mass shooting on Saturday, is the Ellis Island of the American Southwest. My mother-in-law, now in her 80s, lives […]

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What Drives People to Mass Shootings?

On Monday morning, President Trump made his first televised statement about the mass murders committed over the weekend in El Paso, Tex., and Dayton, Ohio. He called for action to “stop mass killings before they start,” citing what he said were a number contributing factors: the contagious nature of mass murder; the glorification of violence […]

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