A community, united on both sides of the border, is shocked by the hatred that spurred a mass shooting event
I know this kind of thing happened in other places, but it could not happen in El Paso because everyone here is very caring. It was shocking to me and the rest, said Kevin Guerrero, 24, a hospital emergency room team leader standing at the improvised memorial for the victims of the El Paso shooting.
The shooting at a Walmart that killed 22 has shocked a town known for its friendliness and concern for others.
What happened is unprecedented, said Eliot Shapleigh, 66, a lawyer and former state senator. Its a tragedy of historic proportions. Were a town of love and peace.
Shapleigh, whose ancestors arrived in the border region in the mid-1840s, is a fifth-generation El Pasoan. He said El Pasos family ties run strong, on both sides of the border, and its a place where three generations of a family can still sit down together for dinner.
His Kern Place neighborhood is by a park that overlooks El Paso and Jurez, and from that vantage, most people cant tell where one city begins and the other ends. We are a united community separated by a river (the Rio Grande) and an international border, he said.
El Pasoans found it astonishing that it took someone from the outside to come here and carry out the unimaginable. A 21-year-old man from the Dallas area armed with a AK-47-type rifle entered a Walmart and began shooting. Twenty-two people, ranging in age from 15 to 90, died from the gunfire and 26 others were injured.