Victims Of The El Paso Massacre Received Visits From Edward James Olmos And George López And Their Reactions Are Everything
It’s been two weeks to the day since a white supremacist traveled 10 hours to target Latino shoppers at an El Paso Walmart, leaving 22 dead and injured another 25 people. One patient remains in critical condition while another four are stable, but still hospitalized at El Paso’s University Medical Center. A surprise visit from Stand and Deliver star Edward James Olmos and comedian George Lopez certainly caused a positive flurry of emotion in hospital staff and survivors.
El Paso Times reports that there was no live media coverage of their visit, as it was not publicized and took everyone by surprise. The two spent hours just talking to survivors, families of those who did not survive and hospital staff.
“It was a real emotional experience all around,” UMC spokesman Ryan Mielke told El Paso Times. “They just wanted to meet with patients and staff.”
Olmos posted a photo to his Twitter with one of the survivors and her family.
“Celebrating life with the survivors of El Paso,” tweeted Mexicano actor Edward J Olmos. “Find a way of helping and uniting with the families of those that lost family members and survivors and their families of Dayton and El Paso. Find ways of helping!”
Olmos and Lopez were gifted surgical caps signed by all the hospital staff that treated victims that fateful August 3rd.
“The surgery caps worn by Lopez and Olmos were signed by all the members of UMC’s Emergency Department who were on hand August 3rd after a mass causality shooting in El Paso,” tweeted UMC El Paso. “Their visit today brought smiles and relief to recovering victims and their families.”
Mielke said the Hollywood stars pulled up a chair next to the survivors and listened to them for hours.
UMC hospital nurse Priscilla Fraire smiled big to get a selfie in with Lopez and Olmos. Her mom even tweeted out her thanks to the actors, saying, “Thanks George and Edward for caring about our community. #ElPasoStrong #ThankYou”
“Thank you for all you do for our Raza,” tweets a fan named Debbie Lopez Contreras. “I truly appreciate you and all your hard work to make this world a better place. Much to you and yours”
The El Paso Pride is certainly stronger than ever.
“Put a firmeza en El Chuco Tejas love my town 915 por vida,” one fan responds to Olmos’ tweet. “Let’s hear it for the good guys,” tweets Liz Perez in response to a comment that wonders why “hospitalized victims of the racist GOP terrorist mass murderer welcomed their visits and adamantly refused to see trump and the missus.”
“Thank you for going to my beloved hometown, Mr. Olmos!” tweets another El Pasoan. “A beautiful, compassionate and wonderful city with people on both sides of the border with our Sister City Ciudad Juarez! You are amazing, as always <3” El Paso is strong because of its Latinos, holding up other Latinos, por siempre.
This hospital staffer expressed gratitude for Olmos’ empathy for El Paso.
“Greatly appreciate you for taking the time to come visit my city #ElPaso,” tweeted Cynthia Martinez. “It was a real pleasure to meet you. Thank you for making time to come and support our city. A community that is grieving, that is hurting.”
“There were lines of nurses and it was chaotic.”
“They were really friendly,” 23-year-old nursing student Oseleonoleme told El Paso Times. “There were lines of nurses and it was chaotic.”
That chaos led to some staffers missing out on the photo op, and others delighting their daughters who later tweeted the above photo with the caption, “My dad works at UMC El Paso and he sent me this picture today!”
Forever, we honor the victims from the El Paso shooting.
- Jordan Anchondo
- Andre Anchondo
- Arturo Benavides
- Javier Rodriguez
- Sara Esther Regalado Moriel
- Adolfo Cerros Hernández
- Gloria Irma Marquez
- María Eugenia Legarreta Rothe
- Ivan Manzano
- Juan de Dios Velázquez Chairez
- David Johnson
- Leonardo Campos Jr.
- Maribel Campos (Loya)
- Angelina Silva-Englisbee
- Maria Flores
- Raul Flores
- Jorge Calvillo Garcia
- Alexander Gerhard Hoffman
- Teresa Sanchez
- Margie Reckard
- Elsa Libera Marquez
- Luis Alfonzo Juarez